Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Ocean Country event with author Liz Cunningham last Monday night! For me our spring event is always a lovely evening – I get to catch up with our NYC-based community of friends and supporters, talk about the work of experiential peacebuilding, and, thanks to the generosity of Arthur Sulzberger, hang out in the amazing The New York Times Building. This year the added bonus was hearing Liz take us right into the almost overwhelming impact of the degradation of our oceans and then back out on the other sides with stories of hope – reminding us all of the power of each one of us to make a difference.
We all need to act, as Liz exhorts, as if “our voices mattered.”
The work of Outward Bound Peacebuilding is about investing in local leaders who are best positioned to solve the conflicts in their own communities. Our programs inspire participants to realize the strength and potential of their voices. They do matter. In 2016, Outward Bound Peacebuilding will do the following:
– Convene international practitioners and graduate students for the 5th annual Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding, a 12-day course in Costa Rica;
– Deliver two week-long training programs in experiential peacebuilding together with Outward Bound Mexico and Outward Bound Brazil;
– Launch the Peace Matters Expedition the first in a series of interfaith programs for undergraduate student leaders in partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Voyageur Outward Bound School;
– Continue to foster a network and advance peace leadership among more than 70 alumni of our Palestinian – Israeli Emerging Leaders Program;
– Prepare for a new multi-year initiative in the Middle East focused in engaging local leaders from Jordan, Israel and Palestine.
Outward Bound Peacebuilding uses the Outward Bound approach of experiential learning in the outdoors to challenge and inspire emerging leaders in divided societies to build peace. Centered around a wilderness experience that encourages participants to push their limits and move beyond their comfort zone, we work with partners around the world to design programs that encourage compassionate leadership, cooperative learning and creative action. Outward Bound Peacebuilding has challenged and inspired more than 200 peacebuilding leaders from 22 countries.