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Future Visions

Supported by Phillips Solicitors

A creative arts project with youth groups and schools

Future Visions brings together [email protected] and WWF - an arts organization and a leading conservation group - to look at our damaged world through new lenses.

Most of us understand that to address the environmental crisis the world is facing, we need to make changes to the way we live, in small and big ways. But it is our young people who will be the true stewards of our planet in years to come.

This innovative project will encourage over 200 young people aged 7-23 to reimagine a future where human life and nature live in balance.

Working in groups in schools and educational organisations, they will explore and debate the issues and challenges of different landscapes on Earth raised by WWF, from African grasslands and South American wetlands to Urban life and Ancient woodlands here in UK.

Led by our creative team, they will encouraged to dig deep into their imagination and respond to the challenges by shaping their hopes and visions into words and music, creating a series of songs which will be filmed and edited.

The outcome will be a collection of short films representing the voice of young people to help drive the conversation about the kind of future we want. 2021 is the ‘Super year of Nature‘, with several global climate change conferences including COP26 here in Britain in November.

The aim is to encourage imaginative problem solving and creative thinking, to put aside fear and embrace hope - hope leading to action.

'WWF is delighted to be working with [email protected] on this dynamic and creative journey. The world of the future will be shaped by the imagination, creativity and passion of the next generation, and it is a challenge that should be approached with hope and not fear. Projects such as this are essential to inspire young people to dream of a better future, express it to inspire others, and then seek to make their dream a reality.'

Matt Larsen-Daw, Education Manager, WWF-UK

The Process

Through interactive workshops guided by exceptional professional creative teams, groups from 9 schools and educational institutions will discuss and debate different global landscapes from the Amazon rain forest and wetlands of South America to our Ancient Woodlands here in the UK. They will examine WWF’s scientific facts, explore the issues and unravel the problems.

In response, they will be encouraged to dig deep into their imagination. They will write text, compose music and choreograph dance to represent how they want to shape a sustainable world.

The outcome will be a collection of short films representing the voice of young people to help drive the conversation about the kind of future they want. In 2021, the ‘Super year of Nature‘, the films will be be shown at at several global climate change conferences including COP26.

Nurturing Creativity

Future Visions will encourage young people to look at our damaged world through new lenses. Imagination and creative problem solving will be key to planning a positive future – a future where we have learned to work alongside nature and respect the needs of the planet. It is a world where we don’t say we cannot do things but rather how can we do them without damage.

The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report predicts that creativity, innovation and ‘ideation’ - forming ideas and concepts - will be key skills for our future.

These essential skills, which sit alongside analytical thinking and problem-solving, will replace manual tasks that become automated.

It is a natural union of art and science, creativity and critical thinking.


Participating

Preston Candover and Cheriton Primary Schools

Everest Academy, The Vyne and Cranbourne Secondary Schools in Basingstoke

Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke and University of Winchester

Hampshire County Youth Choir

Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Wessex Dance

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Inspiring the next generation of music lovers and mentoring young artists is an important part of our mission to share our expertise. Our Education Fund supports a range of imaginative year-round activities.