Meet Expeditionary Leader Liz Cunningham

Liz writes and speaks about the ocean conservation and the skills we need to be effective stewards of our fragile seas. Her career began as a political journalist but changed direction after a kayaking accident nearly killed her. During her time of rehabilitation and healing she decided to dedicate her life to ocean conservation.

Liz first experienced Outward bound as a teenager on a course in North Carolina, but she was already well connected to its philosophy. Her great uncle was Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound's founder. Liz, along with her husband, have kept his writing and philosophy alive by creating and curating the online website

Liz is the author of Ocean Country, a call to action and meditation on the current state of our oceans; and Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age. She is currently at work on two books: The Passion for Rescue; and Our Oceans, Our Breath.  She generously mentors and gives her time to a wide range of organizations, focusing us always on connection. As she writes on her website:

"With much of my work I seek to create “the magic of the encounter” – to take the audience deeply into an experience, whether it be in an oral-history interview or an illustration depicting what it might be like to quietly look into the eyes of a trunkfish in an underwater cavern. For me that sense of connection is the 'intangible and infinite thing' I so sought when I came west and I think it’s key to our future. Our future depends upon seeing connections – biological, cultural, economic, political – and crafting our collective and individual lives with them in mind."

I'm deeply grateful to the time and support Liz gave to me in writing my book. She is a living example of the values reflected in Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership.


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