I agree with Michael, I found this forum when looking for ideas and ways to get my mind off of present circumstances. To me, it's a way to experience things in a "vicarious" way, to see how others plan, outfit, and go on adventures not possible for myself at this moment in time.Hey all!
The title of this post got my attention for sure. Individuals may lose their way, Overland Bound will not. Don't confuse the actions of some people with Overland Bounds core values.
The fact of the matter is, we are bigger, and as we grow, it will become more of a challenge to guide some individuals along our Founding Principles. That is the exciting challenge and opportunity we have to change the world for the better. Keep making a positive impact.
Though we cannot control the actions of our members any more than Facebook can control theirs, we take member actions, proper land use, and common decency very seriously. We have the Trail Guardian Program. The Trophy System in the forums encouraging the behavior we want to see. We are incorporating the Founding Principles as push notification reminders in our upcoming iOS and Android apps. We have established Ambassadors who live and breathe these principles and reinforce them in the community, and hell, we have Founding Principles. OLB, more than any organization I am aware of, advocates for proper land use, and common decency.
As far as the negativity towards OLB, it's to be expected. The larger we grow, the more scrutiny we will have. I believe in our founding principles too much to spend any time on it. If a well respected individual who is balanced, calm, and rational has a critique, I'm the first to listen and engage in dialogue so we may improve. That is pretty rare.
Most of you know why my return to the great outdoors was life changing. It's why I started OLB, and the balance overlanding provides in life is not only for a select few. It's for everyone. There is a person out there right now in their cubicle prison who feels sick. They don't know whats missing, and they are grasping for something. Anything. We're here for them. There is a veteran who has never felt the camaraderie at home they felt defending friends in the trenches and they feel alone. We are here for them. There is the estranged father who has no connection with their children, trying to fill an emptiness that should not be there. We are here for that family. There is the person simply needing more. More to life. More unknown. More self reliance, more "me" time, more adventure. We are here for them too. These are not hypothetical. These are Members in the forums right now, and we hear more stories every day that are positive.
We have tremendous responsibility to affect behavior in a positive way, but OLB did not invent outdoor recreation, the internet, population increase, technology, social media, unhealthy parental role models, or any of the great many things that contribute to the negative human behavior you see. You can't even blame the government for that. We are all, as adults, responsible for our own actions. Each of us is defined by the actions we take in response to adversity, and it's an opportunity for greatness.
It's up to each of us to make a positive impact within our community. Lead by example.
You clearly haven't read the toxic comments on the Overland Meme Instagram account... I have no problem with poking fun and deflating self important jackasses (look at my username for example, I've got no illusions about where I exist on the continuum between Geo Metro driving KOA camper and Ronnie Dahl), and many of the memes there crack me up, but the comments are mostly garbage. Discriminatory and ugly and mystifyingly passionate.
This is one reason I joined OB. The guiding principles and especially leaving the places visited better than when you came. (along with the interesting variety of threads/posts) My good friend and overlanding mentor who has been overlanding for 20 plus years demonstrates 'guardianship' at every place we go --by example not just words. It is up to us to take the action needed and set a continuing example. Thanks for posting the link Steve.
Dang - 463 posts on 24 pages in a day and half. THAT's an active community! A little more on-the-nose and pointed and self-deprecating humor than the IG thing.
We need a sound-byte (insert applause here) Well said! Thumbs-up!!I agree with Michael, I found this forum when looking for ideas and ways to get my mind off of present circumstances. To me, it's a way to experience things in a "vicarious" way, to see how others plan, outfit, and go on adventures not possible for myself at this moment in time.
Damn straight! Good words! I just got my OB Flag, and looking forward to fly it proudly :)I have been part of a club before. An MC. And it is run a seriously different way. And they cant even keep all members acting right. The only thing we can do is lead by example like others have said. If you are proud of OB and want others to know, talk about it. Show it off. Run that base camp flag on pick up days. Dont just pick up your site and routes to get points as part of a crew. Do it because its what you want to do. I think this is a very good group of people and will continue to spread the word.
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