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 THE CONNECTION BETWEEN INNER WELLBEING AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Leaders and staff of social change organisations work under intense pressure in chronically under-resourced environments. In seeking to address the needs and traumas of others, leaders and staff typically overlook their own inner wellbeing. The result: high incidences of burn-out, serious mental health issues and personal relationship breakdowns, which have a severe impact on organisations and the whole social change sector.

New research increasingly shows that prioritising individual wellbeing has a positive ripple effect across organisations, improving innovation, collaboration and social impact capacity—that is, wellbeing inspires welldoing.

This article series, presented by The Wellbeing Project in partnership with

The series explores the integral yet often overlooked link between individual wellbeing and transformational social change. Contributors include researchers, funders, practitioners and innovators from around the world who share their personal journeys, strategies and practical advice relating to inner wellbeing.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) in India: The importance of intersectionality

Social-emotional learning (SEL) in India: The importance of intersectionality

SEL programs should adopt an intersectional lens that takes into account young people’s diverse experiences.
Four Ways Nature Can Protect Your Well-Being During a Pandemic

Four Ways Nature Can Protect Your Well-Being During a Pandemic

People who spent more time in nature these past two years have been happier and less stressed.
Integrating individual wellbeing with environmental systems

Integrating individual wellbeing with environmental systems

How cultivating a values-based, ecological worldview can help lay the groundwork for collective action toward greater wellbeing.
How mental health depends on collective wellbeing

How mental health depends on collective wellbeing

Mental health is nearly always seen as an individual issue requiring individual solutions. In reality it’s as much a collective problem
Reflections on our Wellbeing Journey through the Pandemic

Reflections on our Wellbeing Journey through the Pandemic

A glimpse into the wellbeing practices followed by IDR during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nature, Wellbeing, and Social Change

Nature, Wellbeing, and Social Change

Nature, Wellbeing, and Social Change: A Conversation with Carlos Souza and Michael Jenkins
Community mental health: Not a silver bullet

Community mental health: Not a silver bullet

When it comes to community mental healthcare, we must be cautious not to replicate the old, top-down, medicalised approach of mental institutions.
Addressing Trauma as a Pathway to Social Change

Addressing Trauma as a Pathway to Social Change

How understanding intergenerational trauma can help people working toward social change solve problems more effectively.
Being blinded by labels stops social change. Art helps us see a better future

Being blinded by labels stops social change. Art helps us see a better future

We all have a need to reconnect with that artist within us, giving ourselves the opportunity to explore with no limits.

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