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Futures Collective

Social Enterprise: Futures Collective

Tagline: The next wave of education

Location: Canberra, Australia

Associated Citizens featured on TOWNHALL: Aqeel Camal, Founder

What is Futures Collective all about?

Transforming education to be a catalyst for human creativity, intelligence and empathy in our rapidly innovating world. So that young people are growing up communicating through kindness empathy and compassion, while being empowered with the skills to solve real world problems.

How long have you been operating?

Podcast has been running since last November, but have just started the rest of our stuff this year!

Where did the idea start?

I don’t know if there was one specific moment where it hit me, the idea has been gradually developing over the last year. It started out as an incubator for high school student’s wanting to start a business. I wanted to empower young people like myself to be able to navigate the world with confidence and find true success and fulfilment, and over the past year I’ve realised that my idea for the incubator stemmed from this passion. I realised that ultimately starting your own thing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I started Futures Collective to not just be a brand that gives you the skills to do things like start a business, but a community that brings together youth culture, social change and education that looks towards the future.

How do TOWNHALL Citizens or visitors get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?

Absolutely, I love new ideas & collaboration so I’m always happy for people to reach out! One of the things I’m doing is a collaborative blog to build youth credibility, reflect our authentic voices, and humanise our experiences so I’m open to cross collaborations in terms of guest blogging.

Also feel free to reach out if you’re interested in getting involved with the podcast or any ways we can collaborate on events too.

Do you have any success stories?

As a social enterprise, we’re still in some very early days so not quite. The most exciting thing so far has been the incredible response from people on lists like the Forbes 30 Under 30 to come on as guests on the podcast.

Personally, before founding Futures Collective I joined the core team of TEDxCanberra which was an incredible experience as you can imagine. I helped design audience experiences for an event with nearly 1,000 attendees. Which was so rewarding for a 17 year old who had never done anything of that nature before.

Do you have a project on TOWNHALL or an important event or mission coming up?

Our first workshop/event is going to be on at the end of April 2018. It is going to focus on helping young people identify their skillset and values, and empower them to use those to create opportunities for themselves.

Are you raising funds for anything specific?

Not at the moment, but definitely open to collaborating with organisations what have a social purpose, particularly around youth.

What’s the overall vision for Futures Collective?

We want to help shape a world where generations are growing up communicating through kindness empathy and compassion, while being empowered with the skills to solve real world problems.

Ultimately we hope to build something that provides an effective and accessible alternative to formal education.

What’s your ‘why’?

We truly believe that everyone has value to add in this world. However, the systems of education currently in place don’t help us realise that potential. There are so many issues out there to be solved, and so many people with great ideas who want to make a difference but are not empowered with the right environments to act on them.



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