What a wild ride the last week or so has been.
No one predicted a global pandemic, surely, that would subsequently make things like “social distancing” and “self-isolation” buzz words of 2020.
What we also didn’t see coming, though, was the creative and innovative ways an unprecedented concern could bring together communities at large.
Starting Monday, March 23, youth mentorship non profit AIME is launching a weekday livestream, dubbed IMAGI-NATION TV, together with yours truly at PEDESTRIAN.TV. It’s all about making sense of today so that we can better imagine tomorrow, and, to be fair, a little inspiration for the future is hugely welcomed (and even vital) right now.
An essential (online) gathering, if you will.
The 25-minute streams will go ahead at midday AEDT Monday through Friday, acting as a perfect lunch-break intervention to the day’s routine and stresses – providing a sense of oneness and motivation in a particularly unusual time. You can tune in through to our YouTube channel here.
Shows will invite thinkers, designers, problem-solvers, teachers, artists and kids from all over to creatively engage on everything from imagination to hope and rebelliousness. The lineup is already looking pretty stellar, with the likes of musician Ben Lee and comedian Randy Feltface on board for Week One, Imagination Week.
Every week will touch on different things daily:
Thursday: Keynote “Cancelled Not Cancelled”
AIME’s founder and CEO, Jack Manning Bancroft, says that the IMAGI-NATION TV initiative hopes to help fill the hole that the coronavirus is leaving in access to education.
“This is about people coming together and with 1 billion kids set to have their education affected worldwide we want to come together and provide calmness, guidance and mentoring during these times,” he said.
“We are pumped to work with the Pedestrian family who are helping pull together and share the show with us. We are calling on all content creators to come together and work with us as we look to ensure that every kid has a mentor in their home every day.”
When you tune in, you’ll be joined by more than 40 universities, 300 schools and 8,000 marginalised kids who are involved in AIME’s Imagination Factory across six countries, as well as people globally looking to power through a trying time with a little hope and inspiration from the industry’s best.
If you’ve ever wanted a mentor, well you just got one – daily. See you at midday today, tomorrow and all the weekdays that follow.