To join an upcoming Well-Being Project conversation, visit Shambhala Online.
To see summaries of initial conversations, view this folder.
About the Shambhala Well-Being Project
This year, a working group of Shambhala Board members, Shambhala Global Services staff and the Shambhala Process Team is initiating the Shambhala Well-Being Project, a system to track the well-being of our community in five areas:
- Path, teachings, practices, programs and studies
- Governance, leadership, communication and interconnections,
- Economy, resources and assets,
- Care, conduct and protection, and
- Culture and community well- being.
The Well-Being Project aims to develop greater community self-awareness built on accurate data—not on assumptions or wishful thinking—and to enhance our understanding of how these five areas are interconnected.
As a start, we are thinking through what well-being would mean for us in each area. This is where we want your help. We want to hear from anyone with a connection to Shambhala, past or present, newer and longtime practitioners.
The Well-Being Project Team
The Well-Being Project is a new Shambhala Board-sponsored initiative, led by a working group made up of Shambhala Board Members, Process Team Members, and Shambhala Global Services Team Members.
The Working Group members are:
- Mark Blumenfeld
- Peter Nowak
- Faradee Rudy
- Susan Skjei
- John David Smith
- Janet Bronstein
- Susanne Vincent
- Sherab Manoukian
Well-Being Project Details and Timeline
The Shambhala Well-Being Project will have three phases:
- To identify meaningful indicators of the well-being of our community. This will help us think about what we care about, what is important, and how that is translated into our relationships and our actions.
- To begin measuring these indicators. This will encourage us to be openly inquisitive about what is actually happening in Shambhala, separate from any preconceptions we may have.
- To share the findings regularly, in public and on an on-going basis. This is in tune with the guiding principles of our Shambhala Code of Conduct: accountability, transparency, inclusivity and care. As we all become familiar with our well-being status, we will have the basis for continually deepening and enriching our culture and structure.
The three steps above will be in place by Shambhala Day 2022.
|Initial Discussion & Decisions on Outline / Scope of Project||End of March|
|Board Approval of Project||End of April|
|Focus Group Invites Sent||Mid-May|
|Focus Groups Complete||Mid-June|
|Board Announcement To Community on Project||No later than 3rd week of June|
|Indicators Feedback Process||End of July|
|Indicators Selection Process||Mid-August|
|Board Review of Indicators||Mid-September|
|Data Gathering & Analysis||End of November|
|Another Round of Feedback||End of December|
|Dashboard Development and Board Input||Mid-January|
|Board Review of Dashboard||End of January|
|Dashboard Launch and Announcement to Community||Shambhala Day 2022|