The Journal Intime Collectif is a system of game rules which
allows all the people living a given city, of all ages, all
social categories, to meet and to tell stories in a user-friendly
and constructive atmosphere.
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According to its rules, each text must be start from the observation
of scenes or urban place.
To take part in Journal Intime Collectif, one must bring a text
describing an urban scene or encounter, with or without dialogue,
experienced in public, for example, in a street, restaurant,
station, metro, cinema, etc.
The text must describe a real scene, not invented, of anonymous
persons. The text must be written in a descriptive style without
the use of the pronoun "I".
It must be preceded by date, time and place. It can be contained
in three lines or three pages.
Collectif meetings encourage listening. : each participant hears
the texts of other participants without knowing the writers
The Journal Intime Collectif invites to listening: each one
hears the texts of the others without a priori. Since, before
a text is read, one does not know who wrote it. During the meetings,
the Journal Intime Collectif encourage a collective work which
favors critical discussion in a atmosphere of tolerance with
any ideology. The literary value of the texts is not concerned.
What matters is the respect of the rules.
Several years of experience has shown that even in a big city,
the inhabitants can communicate through their testimonies and
share their daily experience. The city takes a human dimension.
The practice of the Journal Intime Collectif requires a certain
social " vigilance " and sharpens our glance on the" others
" which we cross without knowing them. Our attitude becomes
less passive in front of the small events which mark out our
Lastly, a collective memory is constituted through the publication
of a review.
You want to create a Journal Intime Collectif for your city.
Association VINAIGRE proposes:
To invite the inhabitants of your city to discover
the Journal Intime Collectif and its rules of the game so that
express themselves, through the writing and the reading, their
testimonies on their city.