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The Well-being for All Webinar Series 

A Shared Inquiry into Well-Being in Systems and Ourselves
Co-hosted by the Academy for Systems Change and CoCreative

Webinar: Becoming a Better Ancestor


November 7, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific US
3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern US


We live in a world that is structured around a false hierarchy of human value that works to justify the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few.  Most of us take this world for granted–as we have inherited these ideas over hundreds of years–and in doing so, don’t recognize that we inadvertently perpetuate this hierarchy and lose opportunities to reclaim our full selves.


In the Well-being In the Nation Network–and in the work at Well-being and Equity (WE) in the World–they begin by understanding the legacies that got us here and how they shape our world, reclaiming soul and role to address these legacies, and choosing to chart a path toward toward collective renewal.

This interactive webinar will explore what being a better ancestor could mean for each of us. Join us to reflect on this question and meet changemakers who are charting long-term paths to resilience all around the world.

By the end of the webinar participants will:

  • Understand how legacies of the past lead some people to predictably be in adversity – and how our structures and systems depend on that

  • Ground themselves on what it means to have the choice to be better ancestors–and how we need to change ourselves to change our world

  • Imagine legacies we want to be part of creating for generations to come

**There is no fee to participate in this special event. We invite you to make a donation! WE in the World is supporting Aziz Royesh, originally from Marefat School in Afghanistan to provide continuing remote education to 3,000 girls in Afghanistan around civic education, STEM, language and other courses necessary to transform their own futures and the future of Afghanistan to be a model of humanistic democracy for the world. 

Welcoming Guests and Co-Hosts, Dr. Somava Saha and Andrew Martin 


Somava Saha, MD, MS (aka Soma Stout) has dedicated her career to improving health, wellbeing and equity through the development of thriving people, organizations and communities. She has worked as a primary care internist and pediatrician in the safety net and a global public health practitioner for over 20 years. While difficult, she has witnessed and demonstrated sustainable transformation in human and community flourishing around the world. Currently, Soma serves as Founder and Executive Lead of Well-being and Equity in the World (WE in the World), as well as Executive Lead of the Well Being In the Nation (WIN) Network, which work together to advance inter-generational well-being and equity. Over the last five years, as Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Saha founded and led the 100 Million Healthier Lives (100MLives) initiative, which brought together 1850+ partners in 30+ countries reaching more than 500 million people to improve health, wellbeing and equity. She and her team at WE in the World continue to advance and scale the frameworks, tools, and outcomes from this initiative as a core implementation partner in 100MLives. Previously, Dr. Saha served as Vice President of Patient Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she co-led a transformation that improved health outcomes for a safety net population above the national 90 th percentile, improved joy and meaning of work for the workforce, and reduced medical expense by 10%. She served as the founding Medical Director of the CHA Revere Family Health Center and the Whidden Hospitalist Service, leading to substantial improvements in access, experience, quality and cost for safety net patients. In 2012, Dr. Saha was recognized as one of ten inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leaders for her contributions to improving the health of the nation. She has consulted with leaders from across the world, including Guyana, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Tunisia, Denmark and Brazil. She has appeared on a panel with the Dalai Lama, keynoted conferences around the world, and had her work featured on Sanjay Gupta, the Katie Couric Show, PBS and CNN. In 2016 she was elected as a Leading Causes of Life Global Fellow.


Andrew (Drew) Martin is currently the Director of Network and Strategic Partnerships for WE in the World Institute, a global health equity firm focused on creating a more just and abundant planet. Working as part of a collaborative team, Drew leads development, and implementation of initiatives to engage corporate, non-profit, and civic leaders, and community groups; along with developing and delivering curricular and training resources for new strategic initiatives, including in-person and virtual trainings. Formerly, Drew was the Director of Growth for United Healthcare. He led a team operating the largest and most accomplished homeless prevention portfolios of any major managed care organization. Prior to joining UHC, Drew was a Senior Manager for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where he assisted local and state Health Departments with its Health Needs Assessments and was a leader within the 100 million Healthier Lives Movement. Drew has also led major community development and targeted social service projects across the Chicago area within neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College and master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University-Chicago. Drew lives in Champaign, Illinois and serves on the Board of Directors for two major nonprofits: Carle Foundation Hospital and Salt N Light Ministries.

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