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14

Oct

2019

Natural Capital

Measuring nature or getting better at valuing what we do?

I trained as an accountant before I realised that measuring finance doesn’t necessarily reveal real value or lead to the best and most meaningful outcomes. As a result, I may have a slightly distorted view when I start talking about Natural Capital.

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23

Jul

2019

Life after Licensing

IOL CEO Andy Robinson's - 'Perspective' piece in Horizon's magazine 86

Author: Institute

It’s been two years since I last commented on the future of Adventurous Activity Licensing in these pages (see Perspectives in issue 78).  Since then, the HSE has conducted a consultation and presented the sector and wider stakeholders with three options.

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30

Jan

2019

We’re making progress...but where have all the youth workers gone?

IOL CEO Andy Robinsons' - 'Perspective' piece in Horizons magazine 84

Author: Institute

There had many reasons to pause and reflect in the last quarter.  The reasons include a clear endorsement of a more joined up sector from the HSE, a very encouraging and stimulating sector wide conference and the passing of Roger Orgill, a key influencer of the shape the Institute for Outdoor Learning is today.  All this and more has prompted me to revisit our common purpose as Outdoor Learning practitioners or put another way, to reflect on why we are striving to ensure what we all do is better understood, is more impactful and better valued?

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15

Oct

2018

Getting it together

IOL CEO Andy Robinsons' - 'Perspective' piece in Horizons magazine 83

Author: Institute

As I write this we are stepping up preparations for the 2018 UK Outdoor Learning Sector Conference. Its inception, planning, content and ultimately the event itself, has and will be representative of the evolution of the Sector in recent years. It will be attended by a wide variety of folk from a wide range of different outdoor learning practice areas, some long established and some more recently developed.

If you attend you will bump into people with a passion for ensuring the value placed on outdoor learning and the numbers participating continue to grow.....

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24

Apr

2018

Joined Up and Affective!

IOL CEO Andy Robinsons' - 'Perspective' piece in Horizons magazine 81

‘Affective’
(Adjective) Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes. English Oxford Living Dictionaries

You might reasonably accuse me of banging on a bit about the need for affective experiences in and through the outdoors.  It’s not only me getting excited about the role of outdoor learning experiences that involve significant feeling or emotion.  Natural England’s Strategic Research Group are also clear that environmentally sustainable behaviour and healthy lifestyles are a product of affective experiences in nature.  The concept of Nature Connectedness, so clearly spelt out in DEFRA’s recently published 25 year environment plan, is based on affective experiences leading to personal relevance and care for the natural environment.

So what are we doing about it?  Well quite a few things actually and I’m keen that we all consider the role we play in ensuring that the role of outdoor learning is well understood and valued.

 

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