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 Foundation, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and India Development Review, 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.
Connecting Individual and Societal Change
Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself
Shattered Inside: How My Work As a Social...
Self-Inquiry for Social Change Leaders
What it takes to be an ‘Abundant Leader’
Mindfully, Measurably 10 Percent Better...
How Covid-19 Clarifies the Need for Inner Wellbeing...
How Funders Can Support Individual Wellbeing
Funding wellbeing is investing in social change
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.
“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.
I spent last week at the Esalen Institute, at something called the Well-Being project, which I was introduced to through World Economic Forum.
“Our project started with research—deep conversations with people working for and leading social change.”