Borrowing, Adapting, Re-using, Creating – How to improve our skills, find our voice, and craft our niche within professional boundaries. Part One.
by Chantill Lopez
A recent blog post entitled “Is it Stealing? Yes or No?” by a colleague of mine sparked a heated discussion among the readers. I was perplexed at first; I had never considered the use of someone else’s adaptation, cue or modification — nor someone else’s use of mine — as stealing. It got me thinking about the controversy: When does it feel like someone else is “poaching” your knowledge to use against you or is ill-intended? How proprietary are you with the particular version of Pilates that you teach? When is borrowing a compliment and when does it feel like blatant disregard?
When developing professional ethics around borrowing, adapting and reusing or blending the work of other teachers it is helpful to look at three primary components: