PRODUCING THE JOURNAL, USING ALL THE EXPERIENCES GAINED THROUGH YOUR TRAINING, BRINGING IT TO THE PUBLIC IN MANY WAYS, CONCLUDING WITH YOUR TEAM ON YOUR WORK AND RESULTS, PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE TOGETHER, AND PASSING EXAMS.
The period is organized into 5 parts
- 1st Month: Reporting
- 2nd Month: Editing
- 3rd & 4th Months:The Newsdesk
- 5th Month: Common conclusion
- 6th Month: Common preparation for individual or common future
The purpose of this 6 month period is for the team to produce the Journal; a magazine or newspaper, book, radio broadcast, a television program, a multi-media production, or other products, in order to bring to the public the knowledge and understanding derived from the first 12 months of the program. This period will challenge students and teachers to become clear in their conclusions and statements, dig extra deep for the truth when dealing with the big issues of our time, and the future. You will decide what is really important to pass on to other people, and in which shape and form so as to make an impact, and at the same time act as a voice of The Poor. Each team decides which type of journal their ‘The Journal’ shall be. Will you present your findings to the public in writing, or as radio and television broadcasts, or in other ways? How will you get access through the media? Can you work with local media, or will you establish your own forms of media to spread the news and the truth, for example through your own radio station, by hand delivery, by mouth in the form of speeches, or via the Internet? The Common Meeting will be the determining forum. Throughout the period, the team also incorporates fundraising actions, utilizing the actions as part and parcel of bringing the Journal to the public, while also raising the funding and reaching the goals.
Starting the period, you come together in the team after six months of service in the Third World. Maybe your team has been fighting with The Poor in the same country, maybe even in the same region, or different Trios may have worked in different countries, spread all over the world, carrying out quite different productive efforts. In any case, the team has much to talk about and show, and the first weeks are used to exchange experiences and knowledge, while at the same time decision-making and planning of The Journal period starts to take form.
On the agenda are examples and results of Fighting with The Poor, stories with a deep understanding of “Les Conditions Humaines” in Third World countries, and examples of friendships, comradeship, and cultural differences across borders. Presentations of investigation are made, and research results about social, economic and political conditions in the countries and regions where you have worked are included. Discussions and new understandings about the big issues of our time, and the future, run their course as a current through it all, bringing general aspects to the forefront, and examples in the form of experiences into the general context, adding quality and perspective to the common conclusions.
The richness of what you now know and understand is underscored by pictures, films, personal reports and essays, sketches and drawings, interviews, poems and songs, audio recordings, and artifacts brought back to the school as documentation, all on display for everyone to learn from. When all the new knowledge and experiences have been exchanged and distilled, and are common property to your team, the production of the Journal is planned in detail.
Reporting does not only mean gathering and finalizing what has already been produced, it also means writing new articles and speeches, making a theater play or an exhibition, or getting hold of additional documentation such as statistics or research results, studying all kinds of sources to get deeper into matters and issues for a more comprehensive and precise understanding, so as to be able to report truthfully and clearly.
During the second month, the team goes through all the products and edits them, which in this context means to measure every piece of reporting with a common quality ‘ruler’. Is this correct? Does it represent the truth? Is it a valid example of this or that issue? Is the substance of the matter made clear? Is it correctly understood? Does the argumentation hold water? Is this a too negative or out of proportion representation? Is this too positive, or even romantic? Do these pieces of reporting cover the theme in a comprehensive way or is something important missing? Can people understand and follow the logic, or is it too abstract? Is it too simplistic, talking down to people? What do we actually want to say here?
In other words, the team picks and chooses, defining a high common standard, and corrects and develops content and language to finalize the planned pieces of reporting.
These are the two months where you bring the Journal to the public. Think about a national TV station, CNN, CBS, or BBC. The Newsdesk is the place from where the news and reporting is presented to the public. In our context, the Newsdesk means bringing it into the public arena, getting into contact with all kinds of people of all ages and from all walks of life, spreading news and knowledge about the present, the future, and about Fighting with The Poor.
You can do it in writing, for example, publishing a weekly edition that you spread all over town or throughout a whole region delivering it to schools and higher learning institutions, workplaces, public institutions, offices, or popular hangouts. Maybe selling it on the streets or going door to door. You invite the interested for debates and evening arrangements, or simply go out and discuss the issues with people you meet.
You may also decide to broadcast a radio channel, perhaps in cooperation with the local stations with three hours of daily broadcasts, all filled with your important reporting and with invitations for listeners to call in and comment or debate transmitting live, and you may also announce that you will host speeches and debates in schools, at workplaces, in congregations and other places.
Maybe you can organize with the local TV station to get a daily one-hour show with global news and information, all made by you. Besides, you can take the issues from the TV to schools, clubs and other places and start discussions about the contents and about how to use TV for the benefit of people at large.
Presenting the Journal in these ways allows you to inform and inspire others with what you have learned and accomplished, so your audience learns and gets the chance to become more fluent and serious about the world, its people, its state of affairs, its problems, and the big task of working for solutions. You will learn more on a new level by teaching your knowledge and experiences to others, listening to their point of view, and discussing with them how you and they can act in the struggle for a better future for humanity and the globe.
The time has come, in this next-to-last month of the program, to sum it all up. After all your studies, investigations, travels and work, after having brought the Journal to the public and having talked to thousands of people about Fighting with The Poor, discussed with and listened to their views, it is now time to formulate your conclusions from all the things you have learned, and done, and been through. During this month you work in the team, in smaller groups, in the Trios, and individually, digging both deep and broad, getting the most out of the time at hand and your common intellectual capacities.
Thus, you conclude on the important issues and questions concerning the Present, the Future, Fighting with The Poor, and the Journal; on knowledge and experience, on your own understanding and your stand to the big issues of our time; on your personal development and where you stand now, on your ability to instruct in development, to act and get things done. You access the skills you have learned on all counts, both theoretical and practical, and your outlook and attitude towards the future and the big issues mankind is facing.
Lastly you conclude on having lived and worked as a collective for 18 months; how you have governed the school, how you have run the school, and how you have carried through the program together.
Common preparation for individual or common future
Preparations for the future are organized in common. A program is hatched by the common meeting with the aim of helping to qualify and clarify the decision of every person concerning his or her future.
With your feet solidly grounded for the past 18 months, and after further studies and deliberations on the concept of Open Future, some of the big questions are: Which direction do you want to take in your life? How will you use your forces and abilities? What do you want to achieve? Which footprints do you want to make? Do you want to pursue an individual future, or a future shared with others in communality? You think and discuss, consider and decide, one on one and in smaller or bigger groups. Concrete preparations also start concerning work, accommodation, economy, etc. You end up, whatever your decision, well prepared for the future.