We’re all about collaboration. It’s in our DNA. That’s why we’ve sat down with over fifty people close to OG to ask them which values best represent the organization. Together we built we’ve built this manifesto that acts as a working document that we use to inform everything we do.
These values epitomize travellers who are socially, environmentally, and politically aware of their impact in the places that they travel to and live in. Beyond that, these values inform how we make our day-to-day decisions at OGHQ.
Our most important quality is the ability to reflect and adapt. We need to be prepared to change ourselves, prepared to change our perspective of a new place, and prepared to change the lives of others. It’s not just about keeping an open mind. We are actively changing who we are and how we interact with the world around us.
The world has infinite opportunities for wonder and enjoyment. Every tree can be a playground, every street can be your dance floor. We squeeze the sweet nectar out of every opportunity the world throws at us. “Gee, that mountain seems impossibly high,” to which we would respond, “That must mean that the top is impossibly beautiful!”
We are guests in a place others call home. Adhering to local traditions and customs allows us to understand the value of cultures different from our own. It opens the door for a greater understanding of our similarities, not just our differences.
People clash. That’s natural. Being a part of a cohesive group has less to do with how much everyone likes each other and more to do with the level of respect between those who like each other least. This respect extends to the people we meet all around the world. Make an effort to understand the people we don’t get along with. Why are our perspectives different? What can we learn from them?
Travelling is a humbling experience so long as you let it be. Humility allows us to connect to anyone – be it a doctor, teacher, farmer or street performer. We may look silly searching for words in a new language, but the very attempt connects us to locals on a different level.
We stand in solidarity with those who are confronted by oppressive powers. We stand in solidarity with all peoples. Solidarity promotes greater understanding and inspires the oppressed and those who stand beside them to shape a more just world.
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Groups make us confront ourselves in a way that can’t be mimicked by individual experience. Groups challenge the way we think, the way we empathize, and the way we relate to the world. We leverage the power of a group to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us and a deeper understanding of ourselves.
The road is the best classroom. At the heart of OG is the quest for knowledge of a world none of us can fully comprehend. We are looking for truth.
We are training the next generation of positive leaders. There are enough leaders in the world that tell people how to think. We believe the greatest leaders are the ones that teach people how to think for themselves.