Inward and Outward

This principle ensures that participants understand the intimate connection between the inner and outer dimensions of society and themselves, and it provides them with ways to know and change the source of their motivations and actions.

Why it’s a principle:
YIP recognises that the health of the inner is intimately connected with the health of the outer. In other words, inner and outer reflect and support each other. The inner life of the human being is what causes individual behaviour and societal structures and systems; and in return, existing structures influence our inner experience.
By examining one, our understanding of the other is strengthened. By contemplating our inner life, we understand our behaviour, and by observing our behaviour and by doing, we learn about the strengths and fragility of our inner lives. Likewise, by observing the interior values of a social group (a family, a town, a nation), we will understand why societal structures and systems are the way they are.
Thus, if we aspire to change our local and global condition, we have to be willing to investigate our own moral integrity and aspire to better our inner condition.

How we do it:
Rather than informing a certain curriculum block, this principle informs the program as a whole. Certain courses are aimed specifically at exploring the inner life. The Inward & Outward principle is ingrained in the YIP-experience, and acts on multiple, subtle levels. Most of our contributors arrive aware of this, and integrate aspects of this reality into their courses.
This polarity of inner and outer is used for the overall design of the year, and can be found in many aspects of the program. Some topics relate directly to the theme of inner or outer, but often it is simply one aspect of inviting contributors who in their own life and work try to balance these two perspectives. The location and the seasons also host this exploration inherently: introversion in the winter, and extroversion during spring and summer.