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Where Has the Adventure Gone?
Bringing Risk Back into the Outdoors

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James T. Neill

Keynote presentation to the Annual Outdoor Recreation Industry Council (ORIC) Conference, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia, October 11-12, 2003
 

 

Summary

In basic terms, there is the risk of loss (R-) and the risk of gain (R+).  This 40 slide power-point presentation makes the argument that positive aspects of risk (R+) are being underplayed within an increasingly "risk averse" Western society.   Outdoor recreation and outdoor education are likewise bogged down in efforts to manage the risks of loss (R-), and we need to do more to promote and enhance the risks of gain. Adventure-based experiences offer a vital opportunity for learning how to positively manage the risks and opportunities associated with human life.  Practical strategies could include: using more simple gear and equipment, giving students more responsibility and independence, giving students more support so they can tackle greater challenges, etc.

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