June 27, 2020

Why cultural leaders need to talk about well-being

Art and culture can have positive impacts on the health and well-being of people, and play an integral role in their ability to create social change.

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Social entrepreneurs are disruptors in the services of others, especially in situations where the traditional actors or the market have failed. The Schwab Foundation Impact Report, showed how social entrepreneurs in the Foundation community alone have made an impact on the lives of 622 million people in more than 190 countries.

Social entrepreneurs are tackling the world’s most urgent issues, but they often work under intense pressure in chronically under-resourced environments. As they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable, marginalized, and forgotten, social entrepreneurs and their staff often overlook their own well-being, which in contrast can seem trivial.

The result: high incidences of burn-out, serious mental health issues, and personal relationship breakdowns, which have a severe impact on organizations and the whole social change sector.

This is an excerpt from the article This is how wellbeing drives social change and why cultural leaders need to talk about it by Pavitra Raja.

This article is a part of a special series on the connection between inner well-being and social change, in partnership with The Wellbeing ProjectStanford Social Innovation ReviewSchwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum, and Skoll Foundation.

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