Exploring Ubuntu: There Exists A Common Bond Between Us All

Mr Mark Collard1
1playmeo Pty Ltd, Croydon Hills, Australia

 

Abstract:
If you’re looking for a tool that can help you build connections in your programs, come and join Mark in this fun, interactive workshop featuring the unique and universal principle of Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are.

This session will present a series of simple, yet powerful games and activities which amplify the universal truth of Ubuntu and, importantly, the value of inviting powerful conversations and connections in your group.

Research clearly shows that the most successful programs in the world are those which intentionally develop trusting and healthy relationships. When means the more time and energy you invest to build connections in your group, the more you can amplify the results of whatever your group is trying to achieve.

Using nothing more than a unique deck of colourful cards, you will learn a bunch of ice-breakers, energisers, trust exercises and group initiatives that are 100% fun, non-threatening and invite connection. In a world riven with difference, Ubuntu is a breath of fresh air.

An outrageous time is guaranteed, and every idea you experience can be immediately implemented in your own setting, in or out of doors.


Biography:
Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author and the founder of a small professional development business called ‘playmeo.’ His passion lies in a strong belief that group games & activities are a powerful (and attractive) way to help people connect, and knows – after working with tens of thousands of people all over the world – that strong and trusting relationships amplify the results of whatever you’re trying to get done. Mark is an expert at helping outdoor leaders learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate people to participate and get along. He has written five top-selling books including No Props No Problem, Count Me In and Serious Fun which are sold worldwide. In addition to his innovative training workshops, Mark is best known for having developed the largest online resource of 400+ group games & activities which are specifically designed to invite people to play, interact, share and build healthy and trusting relationships.

Professionally, Mark sits on the Board of Outdoors Victoria and is a member of many national and international experiential education associations. He holds Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and MBA degrees, and is listed as an ‘expert witness’ for adventure-based activities on the Victorian County Court register. On a personal note, Mark has been struck by lightning twice, can’t back-up a car towing a trailer to save himself and has camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for three days (as part of a logging protest).

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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