The Future Academy Project
If you are reading this, I'll assume you've seen the thread from myself (James Patrick, director of SOCINT) and my friend Guy Dorrell.
We want to create an online academy, free to access, for children everywhere. We want to build a learning resource which teaches critical thinking, civic responsibility, ethics, and which empowers children by giving all kids the skills to help them shape the future and create a society which works for everyone.
At SOCINT we create online academies for clients all the time and have a wealth of training materials already - which cover online safety, dealing with disinformation, resilience, and a whole host of other areas. But these projects cost money.
To set up the Future Academy we need to purchase a domain, some software, pay for decent hosting, and invest time and resources in not only developing the portal itself but in creating, shaping, and developing content which brings the courses to life for children.
It's important to be realistic, because time is something we can all find but hard costs are a different matter and, to be honest, I'm personally overcommitted at the moment.
That's why we are asking for your help.
To get the project off the ground, the bare minimum initial spend will be £5,000. To dedicate full-time resource to it, £20,000 per year as a baseline.
The baseline will cover initial:
- Domain purchase
- Software and Support
- Content Creation and Development
- Time and Resourcing
- Administration and Professional Fees
If we manage to get to the minimum amount, it allows us to get started and grants a small bit of breathing space so we can get to a phase 2 funding call.
At the moment, the only way to gauge appetite or make any kind of progress is to get on and do. That's the world we live in.
***We met the baseline figure on the day this call to action was first published***
So, if you would like to support this project, use the PayPal form on this page (scroll down on mobile), write yes in the first box then choose how much you would like to contribute and whether to use PayPal or a card payment. It's that simple.
This isn't crowdfunding in the sense that you'll get some beermats or t-shirts either, it's a zero-return business transaction, but I will put your name on a foundation wall on the academy website so the world can see you tried to help.
We genuinely believe that something truly brilliant could be created here. Something which would make a real mark on the next generation and leave things slightly better than we found them.
Over to you.
If the level of contributions falls below the £5,000 baseline, whatever funds are available after compulsory transaction fees will be donated to Action Aid and a report detailing contributions received, fees, and the donation made will be published here.
Contributions to this project will be treated as company income for the purposes of taxation and will form part of annual accounts for the year 2020/2021.