What kind of future do you imagine? FYA’s Collective Imagining project is imagining a powerful vision for 2050.
We’ve already recruited and onboarded 40 young dreamers from every state and territory across so-called Australia. These young people are designing and delivering workshops to imagine new futures with their friends and peers right now.
Now we’re looking for 20 more young people to join them (and us) at our second gathering from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 December.
Right now we are existing in someone else’s vision.
Our communities are bearing the brunt of an economic and political system that puts profit above people and the planet. For most of us, the intersecting housing, mental health, inequality, and climate crises are impossible to ignore.
But the systems that shape our lives are ours to create, and ours to change. It’s time for us to dream up something better, and collectively paint a picture of the future we want.
That’s where Collective Imagining comes in – bringing together 60 dreamers between 16-25 years old to co-create a bold, aspirational vision for 2050 and to use the power of movements to turn that dream into reality.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced campaigners, creatives and community organisers as we weave our vision and strategy together to build a more beautiful future.
Collective Imagining is inspired by ActionStation Aotearoa. Whether you consider yourself a fully fledged activist or have never been to a protest this program will fire you up to make real and lasting change.
Dreamers will learn from poets, activists and movement builders to:
Does it matter if I haven’t attended the first gathering?
Not at all! The dreamers who attended the first gathering know that we are recruiting for more people to join and them and are excited to welcome you into our community. Our coaches can also catch you up on all of the content you missed via Zoom workshops, phone chats and with our learning resources.
The second gathering will take place on Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 December. The venue is yet to be locked in, but we will update this page once confirmed.
All travel, accommodation and meals are covered by FYA. We will also cover childcare, companion animal care and lost wages.
You can apply to join the Collective Imagining if:
We are especially interested in working with young people with diverse lived experiences of systemic injustice e.g. First Nations, migrants of colour and refugees, disabled, LGBTQIA+, young parents, young people who live in rural and regional areas and folks who come from low-income backgrounds.
The application deadline is 11.59pm AEST, Sunday 16 October. If you have questions, you can email them through to Laura O’Connell-Rapira at email@example.com.
The first Collective Imagining gathering was held from Friday 27 May – Sunday 29 May. Participants were split into two groups to learn key skills in imagining the future through speculative fiction, poetry and storytelling.
The gathering was held at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp.
The dreamers who attended that gathering are now designing and coordinating their own Collective Imagining events with other young people. Each young person is provided with a small grant of $500 as well as coaching and support to host their own workshops.
Now we’re looking for 40 more young dreamers to join our movement. We’ll back you to organise or attend a workshop to dream about the future and then we’ll pay for all of your expenses to attend our next gathering from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 December. There you’ll join forces with other young people from across the continent to dream and weave a plan to bring a new future into being.
We work to make all our events as accessible to as many people as possible. If you have any access requirements not covered below, please email Laura O’Connell Rapira (they/she/ia) at firstname.lastname@example.org or book in time to chat via zoom or phone here.
Accessibility at the venues
All our gatherings are held at wheelchair accessible venues.
Auslan Interpreters can be provided for gatherings.
Single and all gender neutral bathrooms
We will have single and all gender bathrooms and showers to cater to the wonderful cultural and gender diversity that exists in our community.
All travel, accommodation and meals are covered by FYA. We will also cover childcare, support workers, companion animal care and lost wages (e.g. if you have to cancel any shift work to attend the event).
How will you ensure this program is COVID safe?
Prior to gatherings FYA will send a welcome pack to all participants which will include Rapid-Antigen-Tests and N-95 face masks.
To be able to attend any in person event with FYA participants must:
Developing COVID-19 symptoms during the gatherings
If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during the gatherings, you need to immediately let trainers and mentors know. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
If you do develop symptoms during the gatherings we will need to ask you to put on a face mask, isolate you at the venue and we will arrange for you to be safely transported back home, where you’ll need to get a COVID test. You’ll only be able to attend the program again after receiving a negative test result.
General tips and tricks for being COVIDSafe at Collective Imagining:
The lead facilitators of the first gathering will be Larrakia poet and facilitator Laniyuk and FYA’s Executive Director of Movement Building, Laura O’Connell Rapira (they/she/ia).
Other trainers and mentors will include:
A selection panel made up of FYA staff will be responsible for reviewing all of the applications.
We are especially interested in working with young people with diverse lived experiences of systemic injustice e.g. First Nations, migrants of colour and refugees, disabled, LGBTQIA+, young parents, young people who live in rural and regional areas, young people with lived experience of the justice system, foster care or mental health system as well as folks who come from low-income backgrounds.
The Body Shop has generously donated to this project. The money they’ve gifted will be used to deliver grants and provide travel and training scholarships to dreamers. Donkeywheel Trust has also given money to this project for the purposes of understanding how we can facilitate important conversations about the future at scale.
We’re always on the look-out for donors who want to support Collective Imagining in the future to remain free. If this is you, please contact our partnerships team at email@example.com
If you are a skilled strategist, storyteller, campaigner or community organiser then we’d love to have you share your expertise by leading a workshop for our students. If you are a slam poet, rapper, writer, singer or designer who uses their artistic talents to change the world then we’d love to work with you. We’d also love to hear from teachers, youth workers and educators about how we can make our sessions as interactive and engaging as possible. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.