Middle East Open Quest 2018

Identity and connection

Open Quest

20 - 26 June 2018

Join us in exploring the complexities of identity and connection in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. 

Why Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

The Middle East is associated with age-old tensions (see below for up-to-date safety information). Yet it’s also home to leaders who are healing divides with tenacity and compassion within a rich cultural landscape.

We’ll meet religious and secular Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians – entrepreneurs, academics, refugee leaders, artists, political figures and diplomats.

Israel, with a population of just 8.5 million, has transformed itself into a global business success story. Its tech experts lead the field in cyber security, robotics, mobile technologies, online platforms and big data.

Palestinians share a profound sense of community. They’ve built a flourishing agriculture sector and a buzzing IT scene – both driven by the versatility and creativity necessary during life under occupation.

Neighbouring Jordan, a tolerant Middle East nation and western ally, is, per capita, the world’s second-largest refugee host. While it lacks the carbon reserves that fuel the region, its leaders are building a strategy of economic opportunity centred on human capacity.

This is a chance to challenge our preconceptions about others – and ourselves – and explore the subtle complexities of identity and connection.


“One of the best investments in self-development of my life.”

Franco Furno,

Former CEO

Benetton

Build relationships. Shape ideas. Create momentum. 

An Open Quest offers a mix of memorable, on-the-ground activities and meetings with exceptional leaders. People who are tackling some of the toughest problems facing the world today.

Our immersive programmes deliver an exhilarating life experience. The spirit is open, trusting and supportive. We visit social enterprises, global brand names, revolutionary start-ups and vibrant communities.

We combine these visits with daily reflection sessions, to dig deep into our roles and opportunities as individuals. Out of these shared reflections come insights about the wider context – and what we can achieve in it.

Participants come from all levels of all sectors – multinational firms, NGOs, entrepreneurs, investors and grassroots organisers, government, the arts and academia. Each of them shares an ambition to enhance their impact. 

Safety and wellbeing

President Trump’s recent announcement about Jerusalem has sparked reactions in the region and around the world. Having consulted extensively with our friends on the ground, security experts and government travel advisory sites, we remain confident that it is safe for the Quest to proceed. 

We continue to place the highest priority on the security of our participants. We are monitoring the situation very closely, and will adapt our itinerary if required. This is a fascinating time to visit the region and we look forward to having you with us!  

The path to meaningful change starts here.
Get in touch to find out more about this Quest.