Outward Bound Schools of America
First Regional Symposium
Our Outward Bound network is growing stronger by the day. As an international organization we’re discovering the opportunities and synergies that lie within our reach, as well as the richness of ideas and inspiration gleaned from various meetings around the world. Some of the outcomes now tangible for the use of the network include the OBI brand manual, the ¨Peace, Place, Process¨ framework explaining our learning model, and a global strategic plan.
Programming in the Americas has come a long way since the first OB course held there in 1961. Programs have grown in their diversity, reach and relevancy as new schools have opened along the continent.
The OB America’s Staff Symposium was focused on those closest to the programming of an Outward Bound experience: Operations and Program Directors, Staff Managers, Senior Staff and members from OB International. Outward Bound schools in Canada (3), USA (11), Bermuda, Costa Rica, Brazil and México, were represented at this symposium by inspired professionals whose combined OB service totals more than 170 years.
The framework for the Symposium was based on activities, processes and spaces that promoted the dialogue around the 3 P’s –people, place, and process — as delineated in the reference, “What it Means to Be Outward Bound”. The main goal was to facilitatea rich exchange of know-how, experiences and best practices of our programs and shared processes.