THE PROJECT

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 growing the wellbeing movement.

The Wellbeing Project is co-created with Ashoka, the Esalen Institute, the Fetzer Institute, Impact Hub, the Skoll Foundation and the Synergos Institute.

INNER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Inner Development Program takes prominent social change leaders from all over the world through a personal program that lasts 18 months.

This pillar aims at supporting experienced social change leaders in finding and nurturing a deeper sense of wellbeing. A total of 60 Social Change Leaders (3 cohorts) from Ashoka, Schwab, Skoll and Synergos, coming from over 45 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

The Inner Development program deeply informs each of the other pillars of the Project, through the learnings captured in the Research pillar.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The research and evaluation component of the project gathers data from the individual journeys to explore the connection between inner development and how social change happens.

We are conducting a developmental evaluation and research study that explores the effect of inner work, and connections between inner work and the quality and effectiveness of social change.

The study is adaptive and participatory in nature. An evaluator/researcher is embedded in the initiative as a member of each cohort. Information is also gathered through interviews, case studies, reflective practice and analysis of existing documentation provided by cohort members.

The ongoing learnings of the Research and Evaluation pillar, fundamentally influences every element of the project and have been incorporated at the core of the Learning & Convening Pillar.

LEARNING AND CONVENING

The Learning and Convening 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 2 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?”

Ecosystem Network: bringing 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 2 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

The course that is chartered by the Learning & Convening pillar and findings of the Inner Development Program’s Research and Evaluation is transmitted into accessible content through Storytelling.

STORYTELLING

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.

We are greatly shaped by the books we read, the conversations we have, the art or films we see, the music we hear or food we eat. We become our culture. To shift our narrative we are weaving the core findings of the project through key intersections of culture. We are aiming to inspire people to shape the world around them very differently, by looking inwards and outwards.

We are creating and co-creating content embedded with this knowledge:

  • Creating video, audio and experiential content that transmits the core ethos and findings of the project through our owned media channel named, ‘SHIFT’.
  • Sharing and exchanging relevant content with 3rd party media channels
  • Culminating the work of the Wellbeing Project into a large scale event