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Lancefield, 3435
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© 2015 by The Field Trip

Purpose

WHAT WE WANT

 

The Field Trip sees a world where all young people embrace their unique powers to lead our communities. The Field Trip will achieve this vision by turning learners into leaders, providing young people with extraordinary adventures and empowering them to use their unique extraordinary powers to lead their communities. 

WHAT WE DO

The Field Trip and our program is inspired by the book "Six Capitals" by Jane Gleeson-White, and is about creating capital to build healthier communities and a better world for all of us: financial capital, manufactured capital, intellectual capital, human capital, social capital and natural capital.

 

The Field Trip's commitment to creating capital and building healthier communities is as follows: 

 

Commitment 1 (creating financial capital)

We commit to investing our time and resources, as relevant and possible, into helping ourselves and others in order to support and build healthier and stronger communities. This is about educating ourselves and others, donating and fundraising for community causes, supporting the work of others (from a monetary, budgeting or resourcing perspective) for collective positive change.  

Commitment 2 (creating manufactured capital)

We commit to producing products, things, items, objects and materials which strictly benefit others and the whole community; and complement the world we're trying to create: a world which prioritises people over things, reducing waste, beautiful simplicity over unnecessary complexity, ideas over objects and collaborative community over coercion or competition.  

Commitment 3 (creating intellectual capital)

We commit to turning great ideas into action, being creative and encouraging creativity to help others and our communities see life with new eyes and improve the world we live in. We commit to exploring and encouraging dance, writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, acting, drama, design, poetry, pottery, crafting, cooking, film-making, animation and any other creative pursuit, promoting originality, free-thinking, innovation and ideas generation to ultimately build better healthier communities.    

 

Commitment 4 (creating human capital)

We commit to giving time, things, food, help, money, support and services to others in order to create more giving humans and communities. "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill. Creating human capital is about giving what we have as humans because we can, because we want to, because we believe our communities will be happier, healthier and stronger if we do. 

Commitment 5 (creating social capital)

We commit to connecting with others in our communities in a range of positive ways: joining a club, supporting organisations or local businesses, sharing knowledge, time and ideas, celebrating inclusion and diversity. Connection is the cornerstone of community and we commit to building stronger ties, partnerships and connections with all people and groups to build stronger, healthier communities.  

Commitment 6 (creating natural capital)

We commit to supporting the creation and sustaining of natural capital, conserving and protecting our environment to protect, support and strengthen our local and global communities. We commit to being informed about science and the environment so we can know and communicate the truth about the health of our communities and work towards improving it; we commit to reducing, re-using, recycling and upcycling our waste and seeking ways to change old negative habits into patterns of positivity and environmental protection. 

 

Our program is designed to create and build capital to improve our communities and the world and we encourage Field Trip members to create capital for their communities in and out of Field Trip sessions.  

HOW WE DO IT

  1. Start with why: to give our activities (and lives) purpose, meaning and clarity; to work towards our vision (stated above)   

  2. Use music and rhythm (flow and format) to be dynamic, build interest and better engage with each other and the community

  3. Deliberately pursue the 'wow' moments of life, those moments which inspire, define, delight and transform us (and others)

  4. Embrace inclusion, difference and diversity and working with everyone; recognising that everyone is unique and has something powerful and important to offer the world; the Field Trip is fully inclusive 

  5. Encourage having a say, being articulate, finding our unique voice and help others to find theirs too

  6. Build our story and the stories of others, intentionally pursuing positive change in our lives, achieving milestones, making memories and prioritising personal and community development and growth