Shackling the Sick | Opossums | + More! 🦥

This is the Masawa Minute, a snippet of what we’re reading in the areas of mental wellness, social impact, and impact investing.

🎧🏹 Is Conflict Inevitable?

This podcast series, hosted by Polly Young-Eisendrath and Eleanor Johnson, examines if conflict is inevitable by investigating various facets of human nature, including psychology, art, relationships, and belonging. It’s fascinating that conflict and mental illness share a number of root causes. [Thanks, Sara!]

ENEMIES: From War to Wisdom

🍌😻 Opossums!

An opossum or a possum (who can tell) rumaging through the grass
An opossum or a possum (who can tell) rumaging through the grass

Sometimes we need something cute and random. Have you ever wondered how an opossum eats bananas? Us too! Here’s a short clip of a passel of opossums consuming the fruit…


Mental Health RoI = 5.7x! | Cuttlefish | + More! 💡

This is the Masawa Minute, a snippet of what we’re consuming in the areas of mental wellness, social impact, and impact investing.

🎧🍬 Diabetology

Ologies is a fun podcast series that digs into different and often esoteric sciences. This episode is all about diabetology. It’s an entertaining look at all-things blood glucose, including the concept that sugar has an effect on your mental health! We were surprised to learn that 10% of US-Americans have diabetes. If you like this episode, be on the watch for the second part dropping next week (Feb 2020). [Thanks, Scott!]

Note: Ologies uses flavorful language + Masawa…


All about relationships | Loneliness | + More! 👯

This is the Masawa Minute, a snippet of what we’re reading in the areas of mental wellness, social impact, and impact investing.

Podcast 🎧🤗

Culture First: Relationships

A positive workplace culture is a crucial element to maintaining mental wellness. In the inaugural episode of their podcast Culture First, Culture Amp chats with renowned psychotherapist Ester Perel about relational intelligence. The episode also highlights extra measures fully-remote companies Buffer and Zapier take so that distance can make the heart grow fonder. [Thanks, Huria!]

Short Clip 🎬🧠

a person sitting on a wooden bridge at a crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains, meditating
a person sitting on a wooden bridge at a crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains, meditating

The Science Behind Mindfulness Meditation

This animated clip of the science behind mindfulness meditation, an accessible skill for all, describes…


Sugar & Depression | Verantwortungseigentumsmodell | + More! 🎻

This is the Masawa Minute, a snippet of what we’re reading in the areas of mental wellness, social impact, and impact investing.

Podcast 🎧😁

One of the best podcasts about mental health we know, The Hilarious World of Depression (THWoD), is a great take on humanizing — and making fun of — depression.

This episode exposes 11 lies that depression tells its victims, again and again. It’s a great reminder of the power of depression and the many ways it tries to control.

Bonus: all the THWoD funny bits of the first two seasons rolled into one!

Short Documentary 🇰🇪📽

a green tree in a field of yellow, sun-burnt grass and a dead, dried tree lying in front of it
a green tree in a field of yellow, sun-burnt grass and a dead, dried tree lying in front of it

Why Don’t We Talk About…


It’s time to welcome spring into our minds

a collage depicting a tiny house surrounding by tall colourful flowers
a collage depicting a tiny house surrounding by tall colourful flowers

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:


And shaping the conversation around it

We believe novel technologies will play a fundamental role in increasing access to mental health and wellness, and will help shift the conversation on who should get access to them.

Before we look at the future and try to understand how technology will impact access to mental health, it’s helpful to define what exactly we mean by access. To us, access means that everyone who is in need of mental health care also has the opportunity to obtain it. While the traditional view primarily considers access to treatment for individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions, we believe everyone should have…


At Masawa, we take a holistic and evidence-based approach to investing in mental wellness. Our investment areas are shaped by the latest scientific findings in positive and humanistic psychology, self-actualization, and neuroscience. We keep an open mind and dare to look at healing approaches that transcend our own culture and prevailing paradigms. To thrive as a whole human being, one must attend to and fulfill one’s intrinsic and deep-seated needs. The same holds true at a societal level. …


Our response to the Davos Agenda 2021

Masawa was launched in December 2019, in a world where mental health was already a global issue, but mental wellness was an awkward topic, one generally tip-toed around or avoided altogether, especially in the workplace.

Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and since its onset, we’ve seen the wave of increasing awareness swell about the importance of facing the issues of our ill mental health. Articles, studies, and conversations in the public sphere have grown in numbers, with the likes of McKinsey and Deloitte releasing reports in the last few months. …


The key to a thriving organization and achieving your goals

What is the difference between organizations that achieve their goals, and those that fall short or even fail?

One surprising factor explains much of this difference: organizational health.

Companies with a more engaged workforce see higher profits, sales and productivity, and lower turnover. Those with performance-enhancing cultures and better overall indices of organizational health see higher growth in terms of revenue, jobs, and net income than those without, and deliver higher returns to shareholders.

How do we think about organizational health?

Think of organizational health as you would the health of a living being. Health is much more than the absence of illness. Like the health of…


And bringing that vision to life

The past year has served to highlight the fragility of how society supports mental health, and how critical it is to our very existence. Those who have seen the statistics will know that the picture of the future they portray is not rosy. Pre-pandemic WHO estimates stated that mental health disorders would cost the global economy $16 trillion in terms of lost productivity by 2030, and that 1 in 5 people worldwide were set to develop a mental health condition over the course of their lifetimes. …

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