We exist to transform education to build communities of young people empowered with human creativity, intelligence and empathy.
- Empower 500 young people through our workshops by 2020
- Build an engaged community of 300 current & aspiring young changemakers by 2020
We believe education should should be holistic and community based, emphasising emotional and psychological fulfilment. What we strive to do is ensure that learning revolves around developing young people's creativity, emotional intelligence and enterprise skills. We also aim to ensure our content resonates with youth culture, and enables social change.
We have 4 core principles that drive our approach
1) Skill based learning from the world's best
Imagine if you could curate your education to learn the best skills of some of the most successful and fulfilled people around the world.
2) Conscious learning
We make conscious decisions about the products we buy. Why not do the same through our education?
We are partnering with social change organisations that are addressing issues that provide barriers to youth empowerment. Doing so will enable us to create an ecosystem of social change through education
3) Collaborative & dynamic
We get that young people wanna make an impact. So we don't just give you the skills to be a changemaker, but we support you with the opportunities and network too.
People say that work shouldn't feel like 'work'. The same should be said for education and learning.
We are bringing together education, youth culture and social change to build a collective of passionate and empowered youth through learning you actually want to engage in. Unlike most events, we ensure that your experience extends beyond each workshop you attend.
We have experienced the gaps in formal education first hand. Unfortunately education systems around the world are not innovating with the world, and young people are bing left behind as a result.
We truly believe that everyone has value to add in this world, and that every young person deserves to have access to an education that empowers them to realise their potential. So we aim to build a community of current and aspiring young changemakers. We aim to empower them with the skills to act on their passions, while promoting a culture of communicating through empathy and compassion.
Message from the founder:
The idea for Futures Collective was born through one thought I had at the age of 16. 'Why can't I do something meaningful right now?' I got obsessed with challenging the idea that young people can't create meaningful change, and the issues that are holding us back from reaching our potential. Ever since I have been working on a solution to this issue: Futures Collective.
Taking a bit of a step back, I have always loved learning and done reasonably well in school, but I was never that kid who absolutely excelled in all aspects of the classroom. For a long time I assumed I just wasn't smart enough to make a real difference and find real success. I assumed that the best pathway was through the road most travelled (school, university, grad jobs, and so on).
I soon realised however that many young people - I came to know throughout my schooling life - who were extremely intelligent just didn't seem to have that intelligence reflected in their grades. We are asked to think outside of the box, but the box shouldn't even be there in the first place. I was lucky enough to find my passions and understand my strengths at a young age through some amazing opportunities and incredible people who have helped and continue to help me along my lifelong journey of learning and social impact. However, It's easy for young people, including myself to get lost in the noise of the world and the expectations placed upon us as individuals and as a generation.
We are living in a world that is changing every day at unprecedented rates through technology and innovation. A world where the commoditisation of information is increasing the value of skills, experiences and relationships. All of which help us navigate the information around us, and empower us to succeed through whatever path we choose. Simon Sinek Identified that young people want to work with purpose and make an impact, highlighting the importance of the relationships and skills to reach their potential. However, we are held back by education systems that focus on content and information instead of teaching us the skills, and provide us with the experiences that are going to be so key in driving our successes. We change the world everyday, but to change the world in a way that means something unfortunately takes more time than most of us have, and I just don't have that level of patience. We built the Futures Collective to promote a culture that fosters young leaders and empowers us to act on our passions in a way that catalyses change. We built the Futures Collective to innovate our education to embody the nexus of skills, experiences and relationships that is so vital in ensuring we not only survive but thrive together in the future we have to live in.
We want to show you doors to opportunities you never even knew existed, and empower you with everything you need to realise your full potential. Imagine a world where our interactions are based on integrity, honesty, transparency and empathy. Using those values to drive collaboration between people around the world who have the foundation to tackle some of the worlds biggest problems.