The 10 Commandments of Development Communication
Seeing, listening and contemplating, and action— these are the elements Cardinal Martini named as important for a spirituality of a Christian communicator. We at Steppes in Sync have expanded them into 10 commandments for a development communicator.
- Choose a place on Earth that is often overlooked by the international media.
Become a native there. Then introduce it to the wider world.
- Learn a tongue that balances on the verge of extinction and do your best to make it blossom.
- Invest in a child from overseas. Educate her and ask your parents to help you.
- Make a friend in India and China (well, when that has been checked proceed to Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Korea, Somalia, Iran..).
- Become friends with at least two Muslim persons from two different countries.
- Learn to listen and listen to the poor on the streets of your area.
- Learn to listen and talk to the rich in your area.
- Keep reminding yourself that 80% of the events that take place in the world everyday remain unreported (80% may be a conjecture, but still the number is significant.)
- Remember the fate of the Norse in Greenland and the silvicultural success of the New Guineans, a long predecessor to the so-called modern sustainability. (see Jared Diamond’s Collapse for details)
- Develop strong work ethic, self-discipline, master time management and have a clear purpose in what you do.