The World Has Been On Solo

From across the globe, as we come together on Zoom calls, humanity is expressing its hunger for connection. Empty cafes, boarded up businesses and deserted interstates are the pictures of today. For most in the modern world, time spent alone ranges from rare to non-existent. And even as we shelter in place many of us are surrounded with a digital web that connects us with friends and acquaintances near and far.

In our modern world, thinking of being alone often creates anxiety. We fill up our day with Netflix streaming, home projects and Facebook feeds. Even when we are alone physically we are not disconnected. But maybe we should be.

Solo is a critical component of an Outward Bound experience. A course is typically divided into stages--the training stage, where skills are learned and norms established; the main expedition, where more and more responsibility is transferred from the instructors to the crew; and final, where the group functions on its own with the Outward Bound...

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You Should Hire An Outward Bound Instructor

The news in the United States and around the world is sobering. The world is in lock down. Central Park in New York is being turned into a field hospital. We cannot see the thing that is attacking us and our only remedy is to physically isolate ourselves from each other. Our economy is grinding to a halt and millions are now without a job and paycheck. The pandemic is like a major earthquake and the economic tsunami it has triggered is coming. It isn't a question of if it will happen, but how devastating the impact will be. More than anything else we need to prepare ourselves.

Outward Bound was born during another time of world strife--World War II. Designed as "the moral equivalent of war," founder Kurt Hahn was explicit in his intent.  Tom James, noted scholar and former Dean and Provost of the Teacher's College at Columbia University, wrote this about Hahn:

 Hahn was working from a disability greater than his own, a collective predicament verging on catastrophe. In...

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Outward Bound Alumni, The Time To Lead Is NOW

If you are an Outward Bound alum or a former instructor, our world needs you to step forward now.  Whether or not you knew it at the time, Outward Bound was created to prepare YOU for moments like this. You have the skills and experience that are needed to help guide our world through this crisis.

Sixty years ago founder Kurt Hahn addressed the Outward Bound Trust and spoke of the power and potential of Outward Bound. Hahn told members of the Trust, "I claim that Outward Bound, and not only Outward Bound, but kindred institutions...have made an important advance towards the discovery of the 'moral equivalent of war.' I hope for an even greater contribution in the future." Hahn was responding to the recognition that men who faced the horrors of war also experienced the deep love of their comrades and a commitment and confidence that the average citizen lacked.

Here we are sixty years later and the future is now. There are millions of us around the world who have...

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