CENTERED SELF

 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 Skoll FoundationStanford Social Innovation Review, India Development Review, Schwab Foundation and The World Economic Forum Cultural Leaders’, 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.

This series aims to be a resource for all those in the social change sector looking to nurture greater individual, organisational and societal wellbeing and welldoing.

Calm, Clear, and Kind: What Students Want From Their Teachers
Calm, Clear, and Kind: What Students Want From Their Teachers
Integrating Individual Well-Being With Environmental Systems
Integrating Individual Well-Being With Environmental Systems
Social-emotional learning in India: The importance of inters...
Social-emotional learning in India: The importance of inters...
Ways Nature Can Protect Your Well-Being During a Pandemic
Ways Nature Can Protect Your Well-Being During a Pandemic
This is how to harness the power of human imagination for social...
This is how to harness the power of human imagination for social...
Artist Lynette Wallworth explains why finding meaning is...
Artist Lynette Wallworth explains why finding meaning is...
How arts and culture can serve as a force for social change
How arts and culture can serve as a force for social change
YOUTHBUILD’S FORMULA FOR WELLBEING
YOUTHBUILD’S FORMULA FOR WELLBEING
Art therapy: This is how the arts can sharpen...
Art therapy: This is how the arts can sharpen...
Addressing Trauma as a Pathway to Social Change
Addressing Trauma as a Pathway to Social Change
Equity and Inclusion: The Roots of Organizational Well...
Equity and Inclusion: The Roots of Organizational Well...
The Vision of a Well-Being Economy: Looking beyond economic...
The Vision of a Well-Being Economy: Looking beyond economic...
Connecting Inner and Outer Well-Being in Social Innovation...
Connecting Inner and Outer Well-Being in Social Innovation...
Art for Solidarity: Tending to well-being...
Art for Solidarity: Tending to well-being...
How your mental health depends on collec...
How your mental health depends on collec...
Connecting Individual and Societal Change
Connecting Individual and Societal Change
Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself
Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself
Shattered Inside: How My Work As a Social...
Shattered Inside: How My Work As a Social...
Self-Inquiry for Social Change Leaders
Self-Inquiry for Social Change Leaders
What it takes to be an ‘Abundant Leader’
What it takes to be an ‘Abundant Leader’
Mindfully, Measurably 10 Percent Better...
Mindfully, Measurably 10 Percent Better...
How Covid-19 Clarifies the Need for Inner Wellbeing...
How Covid-19 Clarifies the Need for Inner Wellbeing...
How Funders Can Support Individual Wellbeing
How Funders Can Support Individual Wellbeing
Funding wellbeing is investing in social change
Funding wellbeing is investing in social change
Missing puzzle pieces: How my...
Missing puzzle pieces: How my...
Addressing the critiques of wellbeing
Addressing the critiques of wellbeing
This is how wellbeing drives social change
This is how wellbeing drives social change
Integrating individual and organizational...
Integrating individual and organizational...
A new myth of the social enterpreneur
A new myth of the social enterpreneur
Supporting wellbeing in resource scarce...
Supporting wellbeing in resource scarce...
Bringing organizational wellbeing to life
Bringing organizational wellbeing to life
Organizational wellbeing and leaders
Organizational wellbeing and leaders
Productivity at the cost of wellbeing
Productivity at the cost of wellbeing
ON A SIMILAR NOTE
TWP NETWORK
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We are thrilled to start exploring the issue of inner wellbeing in the field of social change more broadly – looking at “how are we doing?” – together with impact hub and the ford foundation, who are two key anchors within this 6-month survey process.

TWP NETWORK

“Work, Life, Social Enterprise: Where’s the Boundary?” ​ on 25 January 2017 brought together social entrepreneurs, support organisations and academics to consider the implications of digital technologies for social entrepreneurs’ work-life boundaries.

HANGINGZEN

I spent last week at the Esalen Institute, at something called the Well-Being project, which I was introduced to through World Economic Forum.

SKOLL FOUNDATION

“Our project started with research—deep conversations with people working for and leading social change.”