The Odyssey Institute takes five core values as its guiding principals. These govern the creation and delivery of every program.
- Sustainability – relationships. environments. health.
A Global Culture of Sustainability involves a conscious deepening of our relationships with each other and the natural world. We have much to discover and learn about the complex interdependencies between species and ecosystems, and about our own place amongst this web of life on Earth.
- Collaboration – affirm. build. communicate.
Collaborative intentions lie at the heart of a Culture of Sustainability. As individuals and communities, we must identify needs, strengths and synergies and harness our full potential across language barriers and cultural divides.
Competition as a motivational force for personal growth (i.e. in education) is often the antithesis of collaboration. All Odyssey Institute programs are collaborative endeavors; designed through dialogue to inspire and equip and empower.
- Adventure- risk. innovate. explore.
The Odyssey Institute’s spirit is an adventurous one! We take risks and encourage students to do likewise. We must break with the familiar and push to know the unknown if we are to continue to grow and evolve as individuals and a global community.Odyssey Institute Learning Adventures engage students with unfamiliar people and places. Part of the beauty of such journeys is that they serve as powerful metaphors, for as we learn about “the other”, we learn about the self.
“If we do not go within, we will go without.”
- Leadership – ownership. skill. vision.
“we cannot solve the problems of today with the thinking of yesterday that created them”.
Odyssey Institute programs are designed to create empowered, self-aware and inspired leaders; individuals that foster strong, loving relationships with the natural world and feel equipped to create and action solutions.
- Experiential education – the whole self. multiple intelligences. dynamic experiences.
An holistic, experiential approach to education is imperative if we are to cultivate a young generation of genuinely inspired and equipped leaders capable of managing the issues and challenges of the 21st century.
We must engage heart, mind, muscle and all other forms of human intelligence. As educators, this is our personal and professional challenge: we must allow our own ability to facilitate learning to evolve.