What is Stewards Rising?
The Stewards Rising: Answering the Call for Change Campaign seeks to generate momentum around the concept of stewardship, amplify the work of stewards, and invite all people to think of themselves as stewards. Stewards are people or organizations who take responsibility for working with others to create conditions that all people need to thrive, beginning with those who are struggling and suffering. Stewards know that our ability to thrive depends on vital conditions such as clean air, fair pay, humane housing, early educational opportunity, food security, routine health care, and other basic necessities. In this campaign, you’ll hear stories from stewards in diverse communities and sectors who are working across differences to create equitable health and well-being.
We hope these stories create greater awareness of stewardship as a norm, help people see themselves as stewards, and encourage potential stewards to adopt this calling as a lifelong commitment. Simply put, we hope that the stewardship framework and these accompanying resources encourage and inspire you and your peers to get involved in the movement. If we align and commit to stewardship, we can make more of an impact in how we show up in our work and our communities. Please share these campaign resources widely to help us spread the message!
Who in your networks would be interested in Stewards Rising?
The stories, insights, and prompts in this campaign will be helpful to all who participate in and support health and well-being, including:
- Place-based philanthropy (staff, Boards, grantees, associations, affinity groups, nationwide sponsors)
- Hospitals focusing on population health (senior execs, philanthropic affiliates, associations)
- Nationwide catalysts for equitable system change – for example, multi-solvers who work at the intersection of health, democracy, the economy, the environment, racial justice, and other aspects of system change
- Anyone working for change in their community, and promoting health and well-being—for example, people who run co-ops, start groups, create spaces for connection, reduce social isolation, put on free classes, sit on community boards
We need to collectively strengthen a stewardship movement. Building on ReThink Health’s existing resources around stewardship, this campaign explores the concept of shared stewardship and the different stages of the journey illustrated through stories of stewards and what they have accomplished.
Share the campaign content and your own experiences. Please share the stories and videos from the campaign that resonate with you. And, if you see yourself, your organization, or your community in this work, please share your story using the hashtags and prompts supplied. We want to hear from you. By amplifying your own experiences, and/or lifting up the work of others, you are helping to energize a stewardship movement to build healthier communities. As more of us—across sectors—recognize ourselves as stewards who are accountable to our communities, we can better align to create broad systemic change.