Social change is a marathon – not a sprint. The dangers of overstretching personal and team resources along this challenging path are very real, especially for changemakers who give so much of themselves, often limiting them in how far they can go. Managing personal and team resources well is therefore key to unlocking their long-term potential and to building a resilient foundation that can fully support the weight of social change work as well as individual needs.
This is the place to develop a deeper understanding of wellbeing needs for yourself and your teams, to acquire practical tools to manage wellbeing, to explore these in safe spaces, and to build a trusted community of peers for mutual learning and support. Depending on availability, Ashoka Fellows can also access further support through Ashoka’s pro bono coaching partners.
Ashoka Elders Retreat
Embracing Eldership – Sharing and Supporting our Stories of Transition, Provision, Celebration, and Changemaking.
This retreat took place on the 18 - 20th September 2019 at thecamp in the south of France, where we created a space for 10 Fellows from Europe and the US to reflect on and explore the challenges and opportunities that come with Eldership.
Especially as Social Entrepreneurs, having dedicated much of their life to their work and to supporting others, it can be difficult to transition personally and organisationally, and to provision for the time afterwards. The Fellows shared such challenges, as well as reflections on their successes to celebrate the amazing journey they have been on. In addition, the group explored how else they might be able to contribute and continue their changemaking journeys. This exploration culminated in the Elder Fellows forming an Elders Council, pledging to represent and support Fellows in transition around the world. A working group was put together to fully establish the council by 2020.
The conversation and wish for such a gathering started in early 2018 with four Fellows Andrea Coleman, Chris Underhill, Mel Young, and Andreas Heinecke as well as wellbeing expert Nancy Mortifee who together made all of this possible. Thank you also to Steelcase who generously sponsored all the meals, accommodation, and the beautiful venue.