At Animas we are big on social impact. In fact one of our 4 mission statements is:
And we’re dedicated to this.
From the Coach4Care project which saw Animas trainers delivering coach training to ex-carers so that they could help current carers deal with the difficulties faced in their roles, to various programmes such as MoreHappi, Support Haven and the Mylife programme just to name a few, which were all set up by coaches within the Animas community, we have always had an active interest in where we can make a social impact, and support our community of coaches to do the same.
From this place of wanting to make a profound and long-lasting social impact on the world, we created our first ever virtual social impact summit, featuring members of the Animas community sharing inspiring, practical stories and advice from the brilliant social impact work they’re doing, and the impact it’s having on communities and the wider world.
From talks on the environment through to those centred around social enterprise, this free virtual event is really not one to be missed and as such, we have laid out all you need to know in this article to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the conversations!
When does the summit take place?
The summit takes place on Tuesday 22nd September, starting at 9am and running until around 6pm. There’s a lineup of 15 speakers from the Animas community all sharing stories, advice and insight from their own social impact endeavours. Each talk lasts around 45 minutes, and you can see the schedule for the day on the summit site, or find a list of speakers below!
How does it work?
So this event is a little different to summits that we have done in the past. The first and perhaps more obvious reason is that it’s of course entirely virtual! We didn’t want to let the current challenges prevent us from putting on a great event, and one that speaks to the important topic of social impact, and so we did what we needed to do to make this event one that could be attended and enjoyed from wherever you are.
Also, the event is not a live event as might be expected from a virtual summit, but a series of recently pre-recorded discussions that we will be sharing with you for you to watch and engage with. This means that you don’t need to worry about missing a talk, because it will be there for you to watch at your own leisure should you not be able to make the scheduled time – as long as you’re registered for a place of course!
How do I book my spot?
For you to be able to watch all of the talks, and get the links and schedule straight to your inbox, all you have to do is register for your spot. It’s as simple as that! So why hesitate? Book your spot now and we look forward you to joining us for this exciting virtual event!
who are the speakers and what are they talking about?
There are 14 talks taking place as part of the summit and below we outline the schedule of the day, who the speakers are, and a little teaser for what their talk covers, which ones will you be attending?
As the founder of Animas, and the host of this summit, he brings together a vibrant group of coaches today to share their work, explore the challenges they've encountered, and ultimately to encourage an ever greater movement to scale coaching to new communities.
In his talk Nick will suggest that we are only just at the start of a groundswell of change within the coaching community as the membership of the coaching profession changes, diversifying from traditional corporate recruitment pool to a more fully inclusive movement of people who share core beliefs of empowerment, compassion, courage and the belief in personal agency and collective action.
To rebuild trust and engage with clients, any company (small or large) needs to show its positive impact and its public value. Public value is value created for all and each of us, for society and the environment.
This talk will explore: Why business should create a safe space for dialogue with all stakeholders, i.e. with those both positively and negatively impacted; Why any business should create public value in addition to making profit; Why it is important to advocate for business to play a key role in shaping the common good; What role coaches can play to that end.
In this talk Maha explores the Sport of Dialogue, a continuing education that trains individuals to listen, to ask questions to hold those with whom they are talking to in positive regards, using the coaching training for the guidelines in training people.
The Sport of Dialogue is a continuous training that requires regular meetings on a long term. It enables groups and individuals to practice coaching like skills and apply them in their daily lives thus reducing conflicts and creating harmony in: our mixed cultural schools, in the work environment, inside families and more.
A growing body of evidence shows that anxiety about finances leads to poorer mental, physical, and social wellbeing and that this affects attendance and performance at work. In fact, those suffering from financial worries are 4.1 times more likely to be suffering from anxiety.
In my talk, we will be discussing how I use financial wellbeing strategies to support workplaces' physical and mental wellbeing, as well as tips on how to find and get involved in similar associations that promote social impact.
Organisations are product peoples thinking. Ways of thinking, and the subsequent impact on others, can enable or limit what any organisation can achieve for itself and society. We do not offer businesses a ‘how-to’ guide but explore and challenge dominate assumptions that shape how businesses think and act.
In this talk, I will explore these assumptions (with light historical context), the importance of creating space for dialogue and debate, the challenges of leadership and a high-level overview of the journey companies undertake. I will also share emerging thoughts on business in light of the current health crisis and the looming climate crisis.
How can coaching enable positive change for people living with, or affected by, cancer? MacMillan Cancer Support is testing a new volunteer coaching service to explore the difference coaching can make. Almost half of us will get cancer, and cancer can affect everything – not only physical health but mental and emotional health, work and career, financial circumstances, relationships with friends or family, and a person’s sense of identity.
Hear how coaching helps MacMillan clients set valuable outcomes, develop strategies to achieve them and build empowerment to take back control from cancer; how coaches with diverse styles and backgrounds approach working with MacMillan clients; how the service is evaluated and early results; how MacMillan hope to expand the service in future; what is required of volunteer coaches and what coaches gain from contributing their time and skills.
In this talk I share my journey in creating innovative projects in the coaching and mental health space.
From setting up exchange programs in Iceland to fighting stigma in the workplace, this talk offers a personal rendition of what working for social impact feels, looks and sounds like on a daily basis. The role of connection and how to recognise when you're doing enough.
I share insights on how to juggle different hats when working as a therapist, mentor, trainer and coach, all in one week! As well as what I found challenging and what self-care routines I put in place to sustain my energy, when I felt I was running low.
I hope that by sharing my story with you you'll feel inspired to reach way out of your comfort zone, trust in the power of connection and foster a sense of stubborn optimism in facing the challenges that come our way.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on the fragility of our environment and infrastructure. Many people are saying it was a wake-up call to reflect on what kind of future we want to design as citizens of the world.
And with the Climate Emergency becoming ever more real, how will people cope with an increasingly unstable world? What is the role of coaching in helping people to cope with everything from Eco-Anxiety to fundamental changes driven by global warming? How do we help people move from feeling powerless to powerful in light of seemingly unstoppable threats to our current way of living?
My talk explores the highs and lows of running a high impact socially driven coaching business, and the myths that you can’t do good in the world and also make a profit too.
Sharing the story of how my company Too Fat to Run was formed, some of the challenges of monetising, the high points, and also my thoughts on how small business owners can build profitable mission led communities around their work.
I love the idea of bringing people together around a shared purpose and my motto across all of my businesses is “nobody left behind”.
In this interview, hear how coaching can be a powerful catalyst for and facilitator of social change. What started as a project to inform Gem's work as a coach soon snowballed into something they could not have envisioned when they qualified with Animas in 2018.
Gem talks about their passion for bringing activists and changemakers from different social movements together and how coaching plays an instrumental part in that, particularly when your work is integrated into your way of showing up in the world.
As countries started to lockdown around the world from COVID-19, we realised that the emotional and psychological impact of the crisis would be huge. Support Haven started out as an idea to offer free coaching to help people better cope and quickly blossomed into a community of over 100 Animas coaches mobilised to help. Our volunteers offer two hours per week of pro bono coaching to anyone feeling challenged by COVID-19 globally. Through emotional support and practical guidance, we help people feel more calm and grounded.
This is an inspiring story of restoring faith in humanity by highlighting the shared values in our coaching community and pulling together to help in moments of great difficulty.
David will share how set up a programme with Age UK enabling up to 3,000 elderly residents, who use the Safe and Independent Living Service are able to access transformational, well-being coaching, free of charge, for the first time.
The coaching sessions are designed to combat isolation, tackle low mood, build confidence, reach goals, overcome challenges and re-engage residents with the community.
The programme only uses Animas trained coaches, due to the company's reputation, student reviews, quality and breadth of training.
Over 100 coaches signed up for the programme's first phase. The target is 1,000 coaches, serving 1,000 clients.
Supporting some of the most vulnerable members of society - ex-offenders, youth, those experiencing long term unemployment, homelessness, mental health, and physical health issues - is where I developed the fundamental coaching skills that continue to inform my work.
This work now focuses on ‘helping the helpers’ - educators, medical practitioners, and activists. I am currently exploring the gaps within our system and how coaching can meet the varying, often complex, needs of different groups within society to create a more connected, collective, and wholesome community with personal resilience and wellbeing is at its core.
In his talk, Robert explores the question: How do we create a social impact community?
Robert looks at the two communities: the ones impacted by the work, and the community of coaches that are having that social impact and dives into the elements that mean that this work has as profound an impact as possible.
From the passion and 'why' of the work, through to the support systems and networks needed to make a social impact project a success, Robert dives deep into all the necessary factors that help to create communities of impact.
Robert also touches on the data that you need to collect to gain insight into just how impactful the work is, as well as keeping the notion of funding in the forefront of your mind when creating these important and impactful projects.