A movement is growing, not just around climate strikes or LGBTIQ acceptance and understanding, not just in Melbourne or Finland. The Field Trip is part of and reflects a new generation, a new kind of community, or hamula (Arabic for 'extended family'); an approach that not everything is solved, that not all problems have solutions, and that this new kind of movement choosing to maximise the odds for our collective success, embrace the wisdom, pursuits and passions of all its members, leaders, families and broader community, from the past and present, fully inclusive without discrimination. Anyone who wants to be contribute and be part of the movement for positive change is welcome.
In your mind, draw the community of your dreams. Parks and trees, affordable housing with white picket fencing. Dab heavily with yellows and oranges of citrus, the purples of sunsets and greens of lush grass. Colour the children participating and influencing their present and future, electric cars and communal dining halls. Don't forget the stunning landscape and sustainable natural environment. Clean water on tap for generations to come. And of course the people, of all ages and backgrounds, from all parts of the world, with all kinds of personalities and perspectives working, living, loving, playing, arguing and crying. People with dreams and daily problems, the disappointed and delighted - like people all over.
How do you draw equality, opportunity and risk, a love for each other and the planet, a commitment to humanity, a shared history full of respect, culture and tradition, now living in a modern technological society?
Some people may have painted a garden of eden, others a prison. The Field Trip and this growing movement for a better world is neither.
This new kind of community is values-driven, a place and an idea or series of ideas. It is not an ideal community, but a community of ideals. It exists in every town and every city, in every nation on the planet, home for millions of people who have voluntarily chosen to stop, stand up and be heard, be vocal, to make a positive difference in the world, for the world. People who are free to leave whenever they like (and many do leave as change is hard and takes effort, not always the easy, romantic path that making a difference may sometimes appear to be).
These new communities, groups of likeminded souls who band together to break new ground, have personalities of their own, personalities that shine brightly because they are in charge of their own destinies, they make their own decisions, have developed their own culture and traditions, and have decided where and when and how often to compromise their ideals because of the human needs of their members.
There may come a time when you will ask yourself quite naturally whether you could be happy in such a group or community - in a small environment, isolated from the mainstream, far from the competitive norms that most of us are used to living by. A question might come up about the relationship between the individual and the community, about the price the individual must pay for the benefits of being part of a local and global movement for positive change. There is no blueprint or ideological constitution that has taught The Field Trip or this new generation of young activists what values to live by. It is learning how to survive, how to influence and how to collectively thrive by trying and doing, by confronting the reality of the situation and environment we live in and then striving for something better, more humane, more just and tolerant, more democratic, more generous and kind.
Ordinary young people committed to extraordinary adventures: www.thefieldtrip.co