Horizons 79 editorial by Elspeth Mason, Editor, ahead of the 20th Anniversary issue number 80.
Reflection and future ideas.
The autumn for many of us is a time to quieten down after a busy summer delivering youth group adventure programmes, recreational activities, or perhaps having our own summer adventures. By contrast, for schools and colleges this is the start of a new academic year.
Both, in their different ways, give us the opportunity to reflect on the last year and plan changes for the next; part of the balancing of the year that includes both the falling of leaves and the revealing of the newly formed buds on the bare branches.
Our next issue will be Horizons 80, which makes it 20 years old! Later, it was to split to form an academic, peer reviewed, journal (JAEOL) while continuing as the practice focused Horizons magazine. We all know it is good practice to keep constantly renewing and refreshing what we do in our work. Horizons is no different, so in addition to our ongoing reflection, we have started a process of getting a wider review with a view to how Horizons needs to develop and evolve as IOL continues in its journey as our professional institute. This is an opportunity for those with an interest in sharing best practice and CPD to get involved, either with contributing to the review of content and format, helping with production ideas and development, getting involved with editing, or just helping generate interesting material and articles.
The breadth of content we try to include in Horizons means that not every article can appeal to everyone, so as you flick though to see what appeals, perhaps read it quick before you forget then give the mag away rather than leaving it lurking in the guilt layer the bottom of your in-tray! Like any professional institute publication it is not necessary to read it all to get value from it - perhaps just one seed of an idea planted in your mind will be what makes a difference to your practice this year.
So my autumn challenge to you is to ask you to share with us: how would you best be served by IOL in terms of a professional publication and how do you think your needs might change over the next 5 years? You can let us know your thoughts, suggestions or offers via the IOL Office, or Horizons Editor email if you want to get involved.
I look forward to hearing from you - and if anyone has any special ideas, photos or requests to see a reprint of ‘blast from the past’ articles that changed your thinking - please drop us an email before the end of October.
See the Horizons web area where IOL Members can download the current years issues and everyone can download articles from back issues.