The Genesis of Outward Bound

Outward Bound is an innovative educational idea put forth by Kurt Hahn that has survived and flourished for more than sixty years. This is truly remarkable because so many educational fads have come and gone in this period. Is it that the concept is so adaptable that it can be applied to many settings or that the rationale and philosophy is timeless and has a universal appeal? The creator, Kurt Hahn, is no longer present but his influence within Outward Bound and other educational initiatives is still very much alive. He was a man who had a unity of purpose without a unity of focus which, in part, accounts for the versatility and adaptability of the programs. Outward Bound was no exception to these tenets and was born out of some unusual and somewhat serendipitous circumstances.

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