THE IMAGINATION ADVENTURE
Imagine traveling from community to community for ten days at a time across Africa, through the Middle East and into Europe listening to the imaginations, hopes and stories of individual children who speak various different languages, belong to a rich diversity of cultures and live in very different conditions. What they share and hold common are their encounters with nature and their common aspirations for the future of the natural world and their own futures. All the while you are creating the first global colourful and multi-media conversation between children of the rights of nature.
The IMAGINATION ADVENTURE is both an overland adventure but also a global social media, radio, television and internet adventure that enables children globally to follow the physical journey of children that are visited, as well as enabling urban children in New York, Shanghai, London, Buenos Aires, Lagos and Sydney, for example, to share their own experiences, questions, images and stories. In this way the IMAGINATION ADVENTURE is a global interactive journey that is followed through many different platforms.
The plan for the implementation of this adventure, consists of three specific phases which can compared to the growing phases of a tree:
We have conducted specific research into various aspects of the IMAGINATION ADVENTURE project: from script development for a documentary series that chronicles the project through to individual children’s perspectives in each community; from the environmental education and social learning methodology development to budget development, media platform design and logistics, among other vital areas which are articulated in this ‘Sprouting’ issue of the IMAGINATION ADVENTURE.
THE SPROUTING PHASE
Drawing from our research and development we have a complete strategy for conducting the imagination adventure in different communities. The sprouting phase consists of recruiting the final overland and home-base teams, conducting their apprenticeship in the specific imagination adventure methodology through on the ground ‘test-runs’. It involves testing our equipment, vehicles and operational plan in three different sites in South Africa over 38 days. At either end of this overland trial run, there is space provided to enrich our web development, finalize sponsors, endorsements, as well as evaluation, post production of film, and finalizing budgets and routes for the next phase of the project.
THE TREE TRUNK PHASE
This phase of the project consists of both a physical overland two-year journey through 28 countries in Africa, Middle East and Europe, as well as an exchange with children globally through multi-media platforms. In this way children from around the world are able to follow and interact with the overland team, and the children they visit along the way. This project is titled the Tree Trunk, as it is the foundational journey for the development of the wider global exchange project for children. This aspect of the project has been researched and developed, but requires the Sprouting Phase to finalize aspects of the project on the ground.
THE BRANCHING PHASE
After the Tree Trunk journey, the Imagination Adventure begins branching out to different regions of the world following models and strategies already established during the Tree Trunk. This allows for new young creatives to work with and implement these methods and strategies independently under the umbrella of the Earth Junkies Foundation in many regions of the world concurrently. For example the Asia Branch, the America’s branch, the Oceania branch, etc.