There’s so much to be done in so little time. One possibility that gives hope and lifts the veil of fear is the belief that by re-wilding our hearts, heads and hands, we can catalyse a change that lays the foundations for possibility and action
Balancing radical ambition for change with time to learn, time in the woods and time to act is already hard, and is going to get tougher as government and public sector budgets get squeezed – and that needs to be balanced by realisation that the possibilities for better, smarter outcomes are of a scale beyond many folk’s comprehension. As an example, the cost of mental illness alone (taking into account lost work days, support, treatment etc) is equivalent to around half of the total budget for government. That adds up to £7,000,000,000 a year in Wales. It’s not a lack of money for better ideas that’s a problem, but a shortage of imagination, courage and confidence.
The opportunities for change are known and many start with re-thinking and re-imagining the way that we engage with in nature. TYF call the skills that underpin this ‘Adventure Intelligence’ – using the practices learned from deeper play, real adventure, mindfulness, reflection and understanding risk to relate learning that happens outdoors to some of the biggest challenges that will be faced in our lifetimes.
If it’s a shortage of imagination, courage and confidence that stops the scale of action needed, let’s use nature as our classroom, and adventure our teacher.
Andy is Founder Director of the TYF Group and blogs at www.tyf.com
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