The Value of Nature
Nature, in its extraordinary evolutionary variety, knows what to conserve and what to leave to change. It does so because it operates as a complete system and contemplates the whole as well as its parts.
Nature is a ‘systems thinker’ and sees inter-relations rather than things. When leaders focus on ‘things’ rather than the whole, they often forget to ask a powerful question, “What do we seek to conserve?” All change brings risk, but if we know what we intend to conserve, risks can be managed and we can better innovate around new potentials.
The uplifting and inspiring values of the wilderness experience can indeed be life-changing and Alan believes that very few people return from such encounters without a clearer understanding of their own selves, as well as a sense of balance in the world. The trail experience provides moments of personal clarity, triumph, tolerance and sustainability.
Being sustainable though, may not only be associated with our environment; the plants, animals and water. It is also about the conservation of natural values such as tolerance, equilibrium, and an understanding of the people and the world around us. For many, a deeply spiritual experience and connection with God or your gods. There is a paradigm shift in thought from ‘what’s in it for me’, to ‘what’s in it for us.’ That’s how nature and society are connected. And why it’s so crucial to cherish our wild places.
It’s with this process of natural, authentic leadership that we need to inspire in our young leaders. To invest in a future legacy. If these words – even for a fleeting moment – ring true to you, then perhaps it’s crucial to apply this ‘thinking’ in our lives.
Trails are ideal for adventurous people seeking a more significant African blend of wildlife and seclusion. The wilderness experience facilitates meaningful self-discovery which is often life-changing.
While adventurous, stirring and deeply exploratory, our trails are not about conventional scientific knowledge or traditional leadership training. They lead participants through discoveries of self and of the logical connections we share with the natural world.
Endearing to find your own individuality in a world of uncertainty and conformity, will cause conflict. This is called courage.
Wilderness shows us extraordinary patterns of design and renewal, interdependence and balance, efficiency and temperance - critical principles underscoring modern leadership.
Far from their normal world of high-tech communications and pressures, living only with the essentials in the richness of nature, these trips help us to reconnect with our own innate selves and re-evaluate the value and quality of their work and leadership philosophies.