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Who We Are


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Who We Are


WE ARE WELLBEING

The people who think we can and need to do better by ourselves, our communities and our society, and are ready to stand up and act towards that end. We believe that when we come together in this way we can help change the course of our society, from disconnection and dysfunction, to connection and collective power.

Over the last 2 years we’ve assembled a board influential allies and advisors who see wellbeing as the new indicator of a nation’s health AND share a commitment to democratizing wellbeing for all people. They include leaders like Entrepreneur Jeff Krasno, Advocate Michael Skolnik, Activist Michael Kink, Congressman Tim Ryan, Meditation Teacher Sharon Salzburg, Yoga Teacher Seane Corn and Strategist Taj James among others.

Leadership Team

Kerri Kelly

Heidi Sieck

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Michael Kink

Carinne Luck

Mark Gonzales

Kristin Rothballer

Taj James

Advisors

  • Marianne Williamson, Author
  • Gina Murdock, Aspen Yoga Society
  • Jeff Krasno, Wanderlust Festival
  • Sascha Lewis, Flavorpill
  • Sharon Salzberg, Insight Meditation Society
  • Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Dir of Community Affairs
  • Seane Corn, Off the Mat, Into the World
  • Kate Courteau, Y-Combinator
  • Rod Stryker, YogaTeacher
  • Rich Schlackman, RPG Strategies

  • Ashley Spillane, Rock the Vote
  • Carla Goldstien, Omega Institute
  • Donnie Fowler, Dogpatch Strategies
  • Gurmukh Khalsa, Yoga Instructor
  • Michael Skolnik, Global Grind
  • Michael Huttner, ProgressNow
  • Mike De La Rocha, CA for Safety & Justice
  • Elena Brower, Yoga Instructor
  • Sky Meltzer, Manduka
  • Marianne Manilov, The Engage Network

What We Believe


What We Believe


 

what we believe

Our Core Values are the guiding principles that inform the cultivation of our internal landscape and external actions. We aspire to move from this center and embody these values in all that we be and do.

 
 
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Everyone is welcome, no matter what.

We know that our diversity is our resilience and liberation. We actively dismantle the obstacles to belonging faced by many by bringing the voices on the margins to the center. We belong simply because we are.

 
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We are all worthy.

Dignity cannot be given or taken away - it is inherent in all beings. Global systems that insult and underestimate the dignity of people and planet affect us all, and we must exercise our dignity by working to change this reality. Our presence and participation matters.

 
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We need each other.

There can be no wellbeing of ME unless there is wellbeing of WE. Interconnection affirms that there is no separation - that we are all impacted by one another. And our engagement must re ect that. We are a commitment through purpose, responsibility and accountability to upholding love, justice and wellbeing for all. THIS is the central organizing principle of our practice, our communities and our movement.

 
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It's not just what we do, but how we do it.

Compassion is not passive. It is the active engagement in love and justice on behalf of one another. We believe in show- ing up in this way - so that our actions are a reflection of our values.

 

We are enough. We have enough. There is enough to go around.

We reject the fear of scarcity and the culture of individualism and embody a spirit of enoughness, a practice of sharing and a commitment to create the conditions where everyone can be well. We believe that this planet and our species can and must support the conditions of wellbeing for everyone, period.

 

We need everyone showing up in their full power, purpose and possibility.

Only when we come together- rooted in authentic power, purpose, and possibility- can we discover creative strategies that disrupt the status quo and pave the way to a better future. We welcome innovation and collaborative design, and af rm a diverse ecosystem of agency and ideas.

 

We courageously share our truth, resources and capacity.

We use our voices, money, and access to advance the needs of others. We expect to be challenged in becoming more radically generous and we commit the resources that we have toward the wellbeing of the whole, without attachment to controlling the outcome.

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How We Do It


How We Do It


CHANGING THE WORLD
FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Our theory of change begins with people. Through personal practice, community building, and collective action we transform ourselves and restructure our world to support the conditions of wellbeing for all.

We engage in deep transformational work around our values; and are led through relationship to issues like access to healthcare, food justice, living wage, climate change and education. From there, we partner with campaigns led by the people most directly affected and respond in conscious and creative disruption and reimagination of our world. We aspire to move and unify our community at a scale that will have an impact at a systemic and global level.


What does a mindful platform look like? voteWELL is a nonpartisan campaign to unite the power of the 50+ million people engaged in lifestyles of health and sustainability to vote in the 2016 election. If we reflect deeply on our values and commit to acting together on behalf of the whole, we can become a powerful political force of mindful, informed and engaged voters that can help bring about systemic shifts toward the conditions of wellbeing for all people in our nation.

In 2014, we joined the Fight for $15 in New York to advocate for fair wages and economic wellbeing for all. In solidarity with striking workers, we participated in demonstrations that resulted in a historic victory to raise the minimum wage that changed the lives of 200,000 workers. wageWELL is currently expanding to raise the wage for ALL NY workers and support similar efforts around the country, taking a stand that no full-time worker should be struggling to feed their family.

Supermarkets and fast-food outlets offer an endless supply of cheap processed junk foods, while fresh fruits and vegetables are inaccessible for many. In coalition with HEAL, Food Policy Action and other organizations in health, environment, agriculture and labor, we’re calling on the next President to take bold action for a food system that protects our environment, provides fair wages to workers, and ensures that all of us have access to healthy food we can afford.

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Why It Matters


Why It Matters


WELLBEING FOR ALL

There is an inner revolution emerging. It’s happening on yoga mats, meditation cushions, at coops, in creative living spaces and more. With 50+ million people engaged in lifestyles of health, sustainability and spiritual practice, it is fueling a market of personal wellness, organic foods and sustainable products that exceeds 300 billion dollars in the US and inspiring a community to go deeper and transform their lives from the inside out. 

 

But while wellness soars, so does inequality. 

The Wellbeing Gap in this country is real and wherever there is a higher prevalence of poverty and unemployment, lack of access to housing and public transportation, you find people who are struggling to survive much less be well. We are not separate from the suffering of our people and planet, and a practice rooted in interconnection and compassion calls us to act on behalf of the whole, not just a few. It's time to come together in solidarity, get engaged around issues that matter, and focus our collective power around real collective change that ensures that everyone is well.

THIS IS CTZNWELL.