#3 – The launching of the “Hello World” concept

I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist or whatever, but the problem with medias is that we cannot know every facts which are happening in the world because of two reasons :
1) The political orientation of the chosen media
2) The selection and prioritization of the information made by medias
As a curious person, being strictly stuck into my country’s vision is not enough for me. That’s how the “Hello World” discussion, which is actually a workshop, was born in my imagination. What a better reporter than a person living in the chosen country, who is experimenting issues and facts there?

Hello World Discussion Atlas

The hand made world atlas with our 4 first news pins

Step 1 – Finding volunteers

Whithout any volunteers, this activity’s got no meaning anymore. So after have anounced the activity during the monday morning fellowship, I put a signing sheet in the common room. But it was not enough. Even if everybody said being interested about tue idea, nobody has really signed. People need motivations to do things. So I started a campaign, just as a politic man, to find my volunteers for the activity. The main argument : saying it’s a perfect way to share an issue or news from their country, city, district, with someone with a whole different point of view because of their backgrounds. It can be a way to open a debate about a really close to heart subject, whatever the topic : cultural, environmental, political, economical… And also a way to teach something to others. It has finally worked, and after only 1 day, I had my volunteers : Hai from Vietnam, Ji Yeon from South Korea, Philibert from France and Naella from Israel.

Step 2 : drawing the map

It wasn’t an easy part because I am not an art & craft person. I decided to start drawing in the common room, hoping to find some helpers. Jackpot. Nam – who’s a talented multi-discipline artist – and Yukari – my organised japanese friend – were there and proposed for help. We first started drawing with a pencil, thanks to a model in the computer’s screen. Finally, this “hand made style” looked so vintage and good that we voted to keep it like it. Like a draft. It has took only 3 hours. I wasn’t expecting that quick.

Step 3 – First part of the activity : the discussion

My 4 volunteers has got really interesting topics :
– Inventions in Israel
– The disappearance of the Soon Dong Cave, vietnamese wonder of nature, which is in danger
– Should we bring back the mandatory military service in France?
– North/South Korea relations
I split them up into 4 tables, with a tornover system. At the begining, I started with 15 minutes sessions for each rotation. But then, participants told me it was too long, and we moved to only 10 minutes debates. More or less ten participants came. I think that everyone learned a lot, and opened his/her mind. At some point, they discussed also about human rights, which is one of our mains goal.

Step 3 – Last part of the activity : Putting pins on the map

It was really funny because we realised that some little island were missing in the map. Phillipean people added their island for example. Plus, we didn’t drew borders, so it was at some point difficult for volunteers to find their country on the map. Finally, everything went well, and I am now proud to say that we have our first 4 colourful pins on the atlas. Hope to see a lot of it at the end of the term. Yes, considering the success of the first edition of this workshop, we will try to do it every month until the end! Because there is still a lot of things to learn about the world…

 

Lucile, 2018 Spring term