Enabling Wellbeing

"I DIDN'T THINK I HAD TIME TO LOOK AFTER THE CHANGE-MAKER IN ME OR OTHERS - UNTIL I REALISED HOW MUCH DEPENDED ON IT." SASHA, 43

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Introduction | Personal Engagement Styles | Difficult Conversations | Group check-ins | Recognising Burnout

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INTRODUCTION

As people concerned with making the world better, there's a strong chance that the people in your group will be passionate, problem-focussed and service-oriented - and of course, different. So - there's an equally strong chance that conflict, despair and burnout will show up in your change-making - or in your group or movement.

If we take ownership of these things, all three can be powerful aides to help us create lasting change.

  • Conflict... Being able to disagree positively, and embrace different perspectives, is essential to winning change.
  • Despair... and anger and stasis... can offer powerful routes to understanding and communicating the deep personal and social needs being abused by our social systems.
  • Burnout - whether compassion fatigue or the physical exhaustion of giving too much of the wrong thing - holds unrivalled clues about how we and our movements could be thriving.

It's all-too-tempting to hide from conflict, despair and burnout, or let them take over. The tools on this page will help your group stay real, communicate through difference, go deeper, take better care of each other and be more fulfilled as change-makers. Ultimately they will make you be more effective, as you live to create the fairer, more sustainable world we all need.

LEARNING STYLES

This group activity helps you consider the different gifts and needs people in your group might typically arrive with. Also, crucially, how you can “meet” particular people in your change-making who might be motivated not just by different interests, but different core values/ways of seeing things.

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Whenever we engage in a conversation about something important, there’s the potential for strong feelings to take the reins - in us, or others, and often unconsciously in both. We normally have four options about how to proceed: avoid, defend, attack or collaborate.

The following tools are designed to help groups (and individuals) think through how to stay connected to one another.

GROUP CHECK-INS - VARIATIONS ON THE BASIC FRAMEWORK

This section is under construction.

RECOGNISING BURNOUT

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