is a presentation I gave at Dr. Paul Lam's annual Tai Chi workshop in
St. Louis, MO. See the notes at the end.
Good morning. I am very
happy to be here at the world's biggest and best tai chi family
reunion. We really are a family here.
Dr. Lam asked me to talk
about Harmonizing Technology. I have absolutely no idea what that
means. So I decided to ignore it in the hope that it would go away.
It didn't. Eventually, I couldn't ignore it any more.
I still had no idea what
to talk about. How can I talk about technology? It changes every time
a new phone or tablet comes out or whenever a browser update comes
out. It changes every time Facebook changes their privacy settings.
I thought about this for a
long time before I finally understood that I was missing an important
It's not about the
technology itself. It's about how we USE
technology to help us meet the goals of the Tai Chi for Health
Institute. It's about how we USE
technology to empower people to better health and wellness. It's
about how we USE
technology to connect with each other, to learn, to teach, and to
Let's talk about
learning. Dr. Lam has worked very hard to
promote medical studies to show that the Tai Chi Health program is an
evidence-based program with proven benefits. He sends out a monthly
newsletter where he summarizes progress in this important effort. That is very simple and effective technology. He
has articles about how people overcome obstacles to improve their
health and the health of others. You can also learn about upcoming
workshops where you can learn about tai chi and learn about teaching
Did you know that he has a
Facebook page, too. And a Twitter account. Ask him a question online.
He will answer.
US-based Tai Chi for Health Community has a Facebook page, too. We
share news articles so we can all learn about recent medical studies
of tai chi, and we share stories and pictures of local events. This is all to help us learn. We
also have a quarterly newsletter for members. I asked Jim to share
this in my introduction. The newsletter is full of information to
help you learn. It's one of the benefits of joining the Tai Chi for
Let's talk about
teaching. All social media include a method
to share news. On Facebook it's called Share. On Twitter it's called
a Tweet or a Retweet. You can teach others by sharing news with them.
I write a blog about tai chi. I share it with everyone that is
interested. Teachers share schedules and news with their students. We
have a regular column in the TCHC newsletter about developing an
on-line practice where we feature web pages. This newsletter column
is to show you how to create your own online presence.
And most important,
let's talk about empowerment. Dr.
Lam talked earlier about how fear holds us back. I want to empower
you. I want you to get more involved. Get online. If you are already
online, I want you to do more. I want you to learn more. I want you
to teach more.
want to see a world full of dedicated teachers that are working
together to accomplish our goals. Individually, we are limited. We
are powerful when we use technology to work together.
1. This is a script that I spoke from. It isn't a transcript of what
I actually said. I am sure that I drifted away from my notes a little
2. I omitted a little bit from my original script. I had only 5
minutes to deliver this presentation. When I had 1 minute remaining,
the MC gave me the signal that the hook was coming. I do not include
that omitted material here.
3. This presentation was recorded. If Dr. Lam puts it on YouTube,
I'll post an update and link.
© 2014 by Eric Borreson