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Peacebuilding Initiatives in Outward Bound

This initiative is being pioneered through the recently created entity Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding. It has been established to develop and support programs that contribute to global conflict resolution, reconciliation, peace and security. We provide services and support to the international network of Outward Bound schools in the development and implementation of high quality peacebuilding programs.

September 2010 Update

Over the course of the last 20 months Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) along with our partner, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) has been working with 24 Emerging Political and Civil Society leaders from Palestine and Israel. The program's focus has been to develop leadership skills within these individuals. At this point both groups have completed the program which includes an orientation, catalyst expedition, follow up retreats, regional workshops, and leadership coaching. In late August, these individuals joined together for a highly successful, productive and engaging 4 day retreat facilitated by OBCP and SFCG. The retreat included hiking, initiatives, relationship building,and conversations about future projects.

We are currently seeking funding to work with a 3rd cadre of Emerging Business Leaders from the region. The intent is for this upcoming group to engage in the same process next spring 2011 and to gather with the civil society and political leaders in the summer of next year for a joint retreat with all three groups.

August 2010 Update

We are thrilled that Ms. Nettie Pardue joined the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding team in June 2010. Ms Pardue brings a great deal of Outward Bound programming experience to our team. She has worked in adventure-based, experiential education programs and conflict resolution programs as a trainer, coach, facilitator, mediator and instructor for over 15 years for Outward Bound (Wilderness and Professional programs), The United World Colleges, Adventure Associates, and SEEDS Community Resolution Center. Most recently, Ms. Pardue worked as a lead facilitator on our two Palestinian/Israeli emerging leaders program with social entrepreneurs and political leaders from the region, jointly developed and implemented by the Outward Bound Center for Peace Building and Search for Common Ground. Ms. Pardue has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University/Leadership Institute of Seattle and has presented workshops and webinars at the International Association of Facilitators, the Association for Experiential Education, the Alternative Dispute Resolution of Northern California, and Outward Bound. Ms. Pardue can be reached at nettie.pardue@outwardboundpeace.org

Spring 2010

The Board of Directors of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding ("OBCP") is extremely pleased to announce that Ms. Ana Patel will assume the position of Executive Director of OBCP on February 1, 2010. Mr. Chien Lee, Chairman of OBCP notes, "We are very excited to have Ana join us as Executive Director. We believe her deep experience in the peacebuilding field, her work with the United Nations, her extensive management experience, and her personal experience with Outward Bound, gives her an unique ability to foster a constructive bridge between the peacebuilding world and Outward Bound. We are all looking forward to exciting developments under Ana's leadership." Ms. Patel comments, "I strongly believe that the Outward Bound approach can make a positive contribution to peacemaking and peacebuilding in divided societies. Peacebuilding is a logical expression of Kurt Han's vision and the ethic of service that is central to Outward Bound. I am thrilled to be joining the Outward Bound community, and relish the opportunity to further develop and extend Outward Bond programming in peacebuilding contexts." Prior to joining OBCP, Ms. Patel was Deputy Director of the International Policymakers Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Ms. Patel has over 15 years of experience in the fields of peacebuilding, development, and human rights across the globe with such organizations as the International Center for Transitional Justice, the United Nations Development Programme and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Her areas of experience include fieldwork, advocacy, fundraising, policy research, media and public outreach, program design and management, implementation and evaluation and teaching and training in multicultural contexts. Ms. Patel was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and speaks fluent Spanish. Ms. Patel is also an Adjunct Lecturer and Fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her co-edited volume, Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants will be published this month by the Social Science Research Council. Though she does not formally start until February 2010, we invite Outward Bound staff and friends to welcome her into the Outward Bound family at her email address ana.patel@outwardboundpeace.org.

Recently, the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding supported carefully planned programs relating to the conflict in Sri Lanka as well as a program focused on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The evaluations and reports are being compiled and will be shared. The Sri Lankan program is being delivered by OB Sri Lanka in the country. The Palestinian-Israeli program with participants from the West Bank and Israel is currently being delivered in partnership with OB USA and Search for Common Ground in Texas, USA, in Cyprus and in Turkey. By all initial accounts the programs have exceeded the expectations of our partners and of the instructors/facilitators involved. We aim to learn everything possible from these demonstration programs and from gathering past similar experiences from your schools around the network so that Outward Bound can expand its capacity to deliver peacebuilding programs. If your school or you have delivered a program relating to conflict resolution or peacebuilding, please post your experiences here, with curriculum, reports, sample fundraising documents, etc!

For more information and updates on the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, please visit our wiki page and our external website. | |-

Getting Involved



The Outward Bound Center for Peace Building is not currently hiring instructors for programs. However, we are interested in creating a roster of capable, qualified and passionate individuals who want to join the Center's mission. In the future, should the need arise, this roster will be a place Program Managers and Course Directors of Outward Bound Schools that deliver programs will look to find potential staff for peacebuilding programs. Click to join the OBCP Instructor Roster
We have also set a Peacebuilding Community page on the wiki.

  • Peacebuilding Workbook: We are interested in receiving feedback on the Peacebuilding Workbook page. Any comments or suggestions can be left on the discussion tab of the Peacebuilding Workbook page.
  • If you are interested in the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, there is no better way to get involved then through your own Outward Bound school or community. Please encourage your Outward Bound school to get involved by considering delivering a Peacebuilding program. Established Outward Bound Schools like North Carolina and Sri Lanka and newer ones like Rwanda and Israel have already taken the initiative to develop peacebuilding programs. If you have any questions about starting a peacebuilding program in your school or community, please contact us.
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