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Collective Imagining

What kind of future do you imagine? FYA’s Collective Imagining project is imagining a powerful vision for 2050.

Applications for Collective Imagining are now closed. 

Why Collective Imagining?

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 50 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.

Applications for Collective Imagining are now closed. 

What will happen if I get involved?

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:

  • Learn about how movements get started and succeed: from Black Lives Matter and LandBack to the School Strikes 4 Climate campaigns
  • Understand what power is, who has it and how to build it (*Hint: power is key to successful movements)
  • Tap into your imagination to create a vision with other young people
  • Develop your facilitation skills and host your own event or workshop with other young people (we’ll give you the $ to make this happen)
  • Build your skills in campaign planning and organising – to turn that vision into a reality.

Participants will be provided with small grants of $500 as well as one-on-one coaching to host their own workshops. 

When will the program happen?

Both gatherings will be held at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp (https://camps.ymca.org.au/anglesea-recreation-camp) which is wheelchair accessible.

All travel, accommodation and meals are covered by FYA. We will also cover childcare, companion animal care and lost wages. 

Should I register?

Applications for the 2022 Collective Imagining program are now closed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about what's involved in the program.

The first Collective Imagining gathering is on Friday 27 May (3pm) until Sunday 29 May (2pm). The second is from Friday 19 August (3pm) until Sunday 21 August (3pm). Participants will be split into two groups of 25 to learn key skills in imagining the future through poetry and visual arts. 

Both gatherings will be held at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp (https://camps.ymca.org.au/anglesea-recreation-camp) which is wheelchair accessible. Auslan interpreters can be provided. 

After the first gathering, dreamers will have ten weeks to coordinate and host their own event, before we bring them back together for another gathering in August where they will focus on developing their campaign and movement strategies.

Participants will be provided with small grants of $500 as well as one-on-one coaching to host their own workshops.

What inclusion and accessibility support will be provided?

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 laura.oc.rapira@fya.org.au or book in time to chat via zoom or phone here.

Accessibility at the venues

Collective Imagining gatherings will be held at YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp which is wheelchair accessible. 

Auslan Interpreters

Auslan Interpreters can be provided for gatherings. 

Gender neutral bathrooms

At YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp we will be placing our own signs on the bathrooms.

Covering costs

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: 

  • Have negative Rapid-Antigen-Test results prior the each event
  • Be well, and not present with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Not be waiting on COVID-19 test results.
  • Not have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, until receiving a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Not be directed to isolate by the public health authorities e.g. recently returned travelers or people who have been in hot spots

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.

How many young people will I be expected to run my workshop with?

We are aiming for each Collective Imagining participant to host a workshop with 10 – 20 young people each. This means that collectively you will reach between 500 and 1,000 people. We will provide you with $500 to host your events (e.g. to hire a room, buy food and non-alcoholic drinks), a facilitators pack and a coach who you can call on for support.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or want more information about Collective Imagining you can email them through to Laura O’Connell-Rapira (they/she/ia) at laura.oc.rapira@fya.org.au book in a time to chat via zoom or phone here.

Who are the trainers and mentors for Collective Imagining?

How will participants be chosen for Collective Imagining?

A selection panel made up of FYA staff from the First Nations, Civic and Cultural Engagement, Movement Building and Advocacy & Campaigns teams will be responsible for reviewing all of the applications and narrowing down the list to 50 young people.

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. We have reserved 10 spots for young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. 

Here is the Selection Panel:

  • Executive Director, Advocacy & Campaigns: Lee Carnie 
  • Executive Director, Movement Building: Laura O’Connell Rapira
  • Director, Civic & Cultural Engagement: Paige Burton
  • First Nations Program Officer: Johnathan Binge

How is the program funded?

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 our 50 young 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.

I’m interested in supporting Collective Imagining. How can I help?

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 partnerships@fya.org.au 

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 laura.oc.rapira@fya.org.au