We are inspired by a sense of caring and compassion for all the people who work to build a better world, as well as to support the many causes and movements for which we all work.
The Wellbeing Project is cultivating a shift in the culture of the field toward one that is healthier and supportive of inner wellbeing for all those working to effect social change. The Project is structured in four pillars which all play a vital role and contribute to the larger mission of supporting and deepening this shift.
The Wellbeing Project is co-created with Ashoka, the Esalen Institute, Impact Hub, Porticus, the Skoll Foundation and the Synergos Institute.
INNER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
THE INNER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (IDP) TAKES PROMINENT SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THROUGH A PERSONAL PROGRAM THAT LASTS 18 MONTHS.
THIS MODEL PROGRAM AIMS AT SUPPORTING EXPERIENCED SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS IN FINDING AND NURTURING A DEEPER SENSE OF WELLBEING. A TOTAL OF 80 SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS (4 COHORTS) FROM ASHOKA, SCHWAB, SKOLL AND SYNERGOS, COMING FROM OVER 50 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN OUR 18-MONTH PROGRAM CONSISTING OF:
Retreats (one every 6 months): participants work with three facilitators over 6 days engaging in group and individual exploration, bodywork, and processwork.
Individual Program: participants are supported in finding either an individual or a group program with whom they can regularly do inner work.
Peer Calls: participants are also supported in integrating their ongoing development into their work and personal lives through monthly small facilitated group calls.
Wisdom Teachers: ongoing seminars with outstanding wisdom teachers from different practices and backgrounds.
We are doing one more cohort of our Inner Development Program in Phase 2.
ORGANISATIONAL EXPLORATORY PROGRAM
THE ORGANISATIONAL EXPLORATORY PROGRAM (OEP) FOCUSES ON HOW ORGANISATIONS CAN PUT WELLBEING AT THE HEART OF THEIR CULTURES.
THE OEP HOSTS A SAFE SPACE IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS, ALONGSIDE EXPERT FACILITATORS AND OTHER LIKE-MINDED ORGANISATIONS, CAN DEEPLY REFLECT AND EXPLORE WHAT ORGANISATIONAL WELLBEING MEANS AND WHAT CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO BECOME ORGANISATIONALLY “WELL” AND/OR WHOLE. THE 18 MONTH PROGRAM CONSISTS OF:
Meetings: In person meetings where participants will explore different wellbeing practices and discuss topics of wellbeing within organisations.
Ongoing Support: Supporting ongoing organisational change in between meetings, including site visits and online calls.
Customized Program: Participant organisations are supported in finding an external consultant to support identified organisational change needs.
Research: Researchers will be involved throughout the program to monitor, capture and evaluate the key changes.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
THE RESEARCH AND EVALUATION EXPLORES THE CONNECTION BETWEEN INNER DEVELOPMENT, ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE. IN OUR SECOND PHASE THE RESEARCH WILL SPAN BOTH THE INNER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND THE ORGANISATIONAL EXPLORATORY PROGRAM. IN GENERAL IN THIS PHASE, THE RESEARCH TEAM, IS GROWING TO A QUANTITATIVE LENS TO THE QUALITATIVE WORK THAT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN SO FAR.
The work on the IDP will continue with the research from the first phase exploring the connection between inner work and development, and how it influences the way that social change happens. In this phase a quantitative lens will also be added. The evaluation is adaptive and participatory in nature.
The OEP will have a qualitative research component, a quantitative component, and an organisational behaviour / development component. This combined approach will form the basis for a groundbreaking collaborative study that will be published, inspiring further scientific study linking inner and organisational wellbeing to social impact. The study will be organised as a formal research study with Institutional Review Board approval.
LEARNING, CONVENING AND ENABLING
THE LEARNING, CONVENING AND ENABLING PILLAR BRINGS TOGETHER GLOBAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL CHANGE TO LEARN FROM RESEARCH, TO WORK TOGETHER TO SHIFT THE CULTURE AND TO EXPLORE A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE OF SUPPORT FOR EVERYONE WORKING IN THE FIELD. TOGETHER THESE GLOBAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS INFLUENCE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES.
LEARNING PARTNER GROUP
Engaging leaders of key global institutions in the world of social change in a multi-year learning journey. They have been invited to:
- Learn from and help guide the research.
- Learn from the wellbeing-related work from each institution in their networks.
- Exploring the question “What support can be provided to more broadly support the wellbeing of people working in the field of social change?”
Bringing over 50 senior leaders of impactful social change organisations from around the world who play a key role in the ecosystems of social change together in a multi-year learning journey to:
- Create a space for senior leaders to share knowledge, insights and best practices from the Project with peers.
- Pilot initiatives and partnerships around ways to incorporate wellbeing in their organizations, communities and sectors.
HIGHER EDUCATION SOCIAL INNOVATION PROGRAM
SUPPORTING A SHIFT IN HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT TRAIN PEOPLE FOR THE FIELD OF SOCIAL CHANGE SO THAT THEY VALUE AND INCORPORATE INNER WELLBEING INTO THE CORE OF THEIR PROGRAMMING AND CURRICULUM.
The Higher Education Initiative (HEI) is supporting a shift in higher education programs that train people for the field of social change so that they value and incorporate inner wellbeing into the care of their programming and curriculum. This 18 month journey consists of empowering a group of 10 Higher Education programs to incorporate and/or further develop their offerings to their students by:
• developing a strong nurturing co-learning community that models the work of The Wellbeing Project
• enabling awareness of and access to the science and art of wellbeing through key models toolscase examples.
• supporting the development implementation and measurement of their programming interventions (across an institution, a department, a program).
• co-learn share insight and iterate from those implementations.
The course that is charted by the Learning, Convening and Enabling pillar and findings of the Inner Development Program’s Research and Evaluation is transmitted into accessible content through Storytelling.
STORYTELLING & CONNECTION
WE WANT TO SHARE THE CORE FINDINGS OF THE WELLBEING PROJECT THROUGHOUT THE SOCIAL CHANGE WORLD AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE TO SHIFT THE NARRATIVE INTO A SPACE OF WELLBEING.
The Wellbeing Project Storytelling strategy has been conceived as a way to offer compelling content and activity to support a shift in the field of social change towards one that prioritises wellbeing. We seek to inspire others to interact with the world around them in a new and different way by looking both inwards and outwards.
We weave the Project’s core research findings and guiding ethos into various cultural intersections. We are creating a stream of global, relevant and inspiring content through various media channels with a view to engaging a large number of key audiences.
Our aim is to ignite a cultural critical mass around the shift towards wellbeing, gradually building on the media broadcasted throughout our network, by:
- Creating video, audio and experiential content through our owned media channel named ‘SHIFT’ and through the channels of co-creator and partner institutions.
- Undertaking a two year arts-infused and arts-informed journey exploring inner wellbeing and social change both locally in Bilbao and globally through engagement with members of the Wellbeing Project community.
- This journey will culminate with a large scale event in Bilbao.