What’s Happening at OB Peacebuilding? (Summer 2017)

2017 Benefit Dinner

Our first ever Benefit Dinner gathered over 100 friends and supporters and together we celebrated the power of the Outward Bound experience to challenge and inspire a new generation of leaders to work together towards peace. Much appreciation to honored guests, Michael Schwamm, Michal Alter, and William Ury, our host committee, and to all of our guests for their engagement.

Check out photos from the event here!

Conflict Transformation in Mexico

Reflections from Ana


A massive oak tree stands in the Ixtlan de Juarez cloud forest that the indigenous community tells us is over 300 years old. They call her the Abuela (grandmother), and she is so big that she has created an oasis of moss and gnarled roots under her immense trunk and branches. John and I, our colleagues from OB Mexico, and the 10 peacebuilders that participated in the 2nd Experiential Peacebuilding Training, camped under the Abuela in April. The peak moment for the group was an extraordinary set of thunderstorms that rolled over the mountain after sunset and kept us, and our companions from the Ixtlan community, in lightening drill position (and certainly outside our comfort zones) for more than 40 minutes. And so this crew named themselves the Rayos (lightening bolts).

Read more about Ana’s reflection on our Second Experiential Peacebuilding Training in Mexico on our blog.

NYU Wagner Capstone Team

A big shoutout and appreciation to the New York University Wagner Capstone team, Jennica, Erin, Abby, and Corey, for developing impact tools and processes for Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Education and Traininig Programs. The July Peace Matters Expedition will be the first program to pilot these new evaluation tools.

Walking to Peace at Penn State University


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We met an amazing group of professors, deans, and students at our Experiential Peacebuilding workshops at Penn State University in February, which explored experiential peacebuilding as an innovative approach to supporting and creating communities of peacebuilding leaders. A big thank you to Pete Allison and The Rock Ethics Institute for hosting us!

Peace Matters 2017

Minnesota:  June 29- July 08

We will host our second Peace Matters Expedition in partnership with the Voyageur Outward Bound School this summer in Minnesota. Peace Matters is a 10-day canoeing and hiking journey in the Minnesota Boundary Waters for extraordinary young leaders from different faith communities. Experiential workshops during the journey will introduce new skills focused on leadership, consensus building and conflict transformation, among others.

Ana on Radio!

Executive Director, Ana Patel, was featured on 98.7 FM/ the FREQ for the Morning Mixtape. Check out the entire interview on our website!

Listening as Peace Building

Ana Patel featured on the Interfaith Observer

“I have come to believe that listening is a critical skill in peacebuilding- a skill that can be taught and practiced, but a skill that does not come easily to most of us….Hearing without listening is like seeing without observing.”


Check out Ana’s blog on The Interfaith Observer!

Outward Bound Peacebuilding: A Partnership Model

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“Trees communicate not through their branches, but through their roots,” states Hector Tello, Executive Director of Outward Bound Mexico. He is addressing a group of adults, predominantly Mexican professionals and students that work on youth and violence prevention issues. The program is an Experiential Peacebuilding Training delivered jointly with the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding in April 2016. We choose to work with partners, including other Outward Bound schools as well as other social impact organizations, to offer Experiential Peacebuilding as a tool for conflict transformation around the world.


Read about our partnerships with over 22 Outward Bound schools by clicking here.

Alums in Action

Congratulations to OB Peacebuilding alums, Hector Tello, Executive Director of Outward Bound Mexico and Carlos Juarez, Rotary Peace Fellow, who used experiential peacebuilding techniques to bring the Mexico Peace Index to life in a conference hosted by Rotary and the Institute for Economics and Peace. We love seeing our alums in action!
Check out a short video here!

A Tribute

June 5th

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Happy Birthday to the founder of  Outward Bound- Kurt Hahn! We continue to uphold his philosophy of using active learning expeditions to inspire character development and leadership.


Looking Ahead

June 21: Release of the 2017 Global Peace Index in New York City

June 29- July 08: Peace Matters Expedition in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota

July 9-16: ED Ana Patel in the Middle East for partner and alumni meetings

July 25: Board meeting in New York City

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