Wellbeing inspires welldoing

The project

Caring and compassion for all the people who work to build a better world.

Inspired by a sense of caring and compassion for all the people who work to build a better world, as well as to support the many causes and movements for which they work, The Wellbeing Project is focused on both modeling support to social change leaders, and cultivating a shift in the culture of the field toward one that is healthier and supportive of inner wellbeing. Convened and led by Ashoka Fellow, Aaron Pereira, The Wellbeing Project was incubated at Ashoka for almost two years. In 2014, it became a co-creation with Ashoka, The Esalen Institute, The Fetzer Institute, and Synergos. Our intention is that the project will ignite further action to continue the work of deeply and meaningfully supporting the wellbeing of experienced social entrepreneurs, shifting the field of social change, and enhancing the lives of the millions of people touched by the efforts of these changemakers. We are committed to an open-source approach to everything that is learned and developed through the project: we believe that this fundamentally supports our intention to catalyze a meaningful shift in the field of social change.  

Four Pillars

With these intentions, and holding the experience and journey of the social entrepreneurs in the program as paramount, the Four Pillars of the project are:

Inner Development Program

Supporting experienced social entrepreneurs in finding and nurturing a deeper sense of wellbeing within themselves through a personally supportive program.


Conducting a research evaluation that explores the effect of inner work, and connections between inner work and the quality of social change.

Learning & Convening

Convening a ‘learning partner’ community of global social sector leaders and the eco-system of social entrepreneurship and change organizations, who learn together from the research and what, as a result, may be done at a sector level.


Collecting and broadly sharing stories from social entrepreneurs about the impact of inner work on their personal and professional lives.

About us

We are a team of passionate people who deeply believe in the project and who put our hearts into it.

Working Team

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Aaron Pereira

Project Lead
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Marie-Laure Moens

Project Coordinator
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Bart Weetjens

Awareness and Strategy
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Nancy Mortifee

Dean, Inner Development Program
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Sandrine Woitrin

Fellow experience lead and Learning Partners Co-leader
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Shashi Neerukonda

Ecosystem Lead
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Octavia Bermbach

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Sonam Swarup

Ecosystem Manager

Co-Creation Team 

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Cheryl Fraenzl

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Linda Grdina

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Renald Morris

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Len Leroux

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Supriya Sankaran

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Peter Mortifee

Co-creation advisor

Advisory Board

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Maite Arango

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Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parme

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Nicole Schwab

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Dana Leong


As an international project, our initiative is housed with two major fiscal sponsors
- the Fondation Roi Baudouin in Europe and the US and the Tides Canada Foundation in Canada. We can give tax-receipts for donations, please contact us!


Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you!

Email us at contact@wellbeing-project.org or fill in the form and we will get back to you.