thanks, @noemi! surely, the idea came from personal experience
traveling around Europe and meeting cultural managers, i kept hearing about the same problem, especially from people who genially love what they’re doing and don’t see it as ‘work’. for me the problem was that both my ‘working time’ and my ‘leisure time’ were filled with the same people, activities, ideas which, from one hand, is very cool but on the other, it’s sometimes difficult to set boundaries. not to mention that i lived and worked with my partner and we would spend 100 % of our time thinking and speaking about work. even if we were out for a run, we reflected on our work, brainstormed, etc.
i agree that this could be a structural problem and a ‘how we work’ problem and as a manager i do try to tackle it as much as i can to make my colleagues life easier and structured in a better way with time i also accepted that at the end, it’s a personal responsibility and i cannot take all the blame
on the ‘how much side’, and to me, it’s also often a financial problem and not-for-profit under-funding doesn’t help because work which a whole team of 5 people would normally do has to be done by 1-2 persons. then the organization/the team can say: ‘there are not enough resources, we are not doing it’, however they do want to do it so they proceed… which also teaches donors that it’s okay to under-fund (if that’s a verb )
most of all, throughout the years i noticed that the shame is the biggest problem, the image that we build for ourselves and for the others as ‘full time change makers’, ‘i can do it all super heroes’, etc. and there is a lot of inner frustration building up and often people become severe to themselves instead of being kind and generous… for some reason it’s easier to do it for others
back to the Re-Creation Camp - we use the Art of Hosting method for deep connection and meaningful conversations but from there the program is co-created and based on participants’ needs. thanks a lot for sharing it and i would be happy if you come