Helen Keller, blind and deaf from the age of 19 months, said "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing".
It's a philosophy that I have always promoted within Impact. The best learning and development experiences are those that have an element of adventure woven into them.
So what do we mean by adventure?
For me, an adventure is an experience where there is a perceived risk. One that creates a sense of apparent danger. Where the outcome is uncertain and the heightened awareness that results, speeds up our heart beat, sharpens our focus and grabs our attention.
Impact pioneered outdoor management development for organisation development, where the connections with adventure are obvious. The programmes were powerful, novel and memorable. People who attended 30 years ago, still recall with vivid detail of what they learnt and how it enabled them to change, as if it happened yesterday.
Today we weave the concept of adventure into all of our learning architectures. We create fast moving immersive experiences that replicate much of the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that is apparent in the business world of today and are all strong components of adventure. We engage with children who are at risk of exclusion from school as part of coaching initiatives. We participate in leadership enquiry journeys within a variety of different workplaces. We create all these experiences, and many, many more, integrating elements of adventure for the participants to encounter within a learning journey framework.
We don't advocate adventure for adventure's sake but as part of a facilitated experience where learning and change are the outcomes.
By integrating real adventures into a learning and development architecture, we can achieve high levels of emotional engagement that with skillful facilitation can bring about sustainable changes in behaviour.
Our original tag line is as true now as it was then.
Impact - Adventure with a purpose.