Centered Self: The Connection Between Inner Well-Being and Social Change
Posted by Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on July 21, 2020
Leaders of social change and others actively engaged in building a healthy and just society face unique challenges that often take a deep personal toll. Many work at the center of social problems, often in chronically under-resourced or highly stressful environments that don’t allow for self-reflection or self-care. As a result, they experience problems such as burnout, serious health issues, and breakdowns in relationships.
While addressing these personal challenges is important in and of itself, there is also growing evidence that personal well-being lies at the heart of effectively addressing systemic social challenges. There is also growing interest in how individuals, funders, and organizations can support greater well-being in themselves and across the field.
This series, presented in partnership with The Wellbeing Project, India Development Review, The Skoll Foundation, and Schwab Foundation (sister organization of the World Economic Forum), will explore this important but often overlooked connection between inner well-being and effective social change. Contributors will include researchers, funders, and practitioners from around the world who will share strategies and actionable steps that leaders and others working in social change can implement to foster well-being at the individual, organizational, sector, and societal levels.
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