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After the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009, the Compassionate Action Network (“CAN”) launched an effort to create the first “Compassionate City” in Seattle. On April 24, 2010, the mayor and city council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed the city’s support for a 10-year Compassionate City Campaign, making Seattle the first city in the world to become a Compassionate City.
The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities
CAN established the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities following a wave of worldwide interest in creating compassionate cities. With the unveiling of the International Institute for Compassionate Cities in late 2010, CAN is developing an ability to enable rapid development of compassion-based programs within institutions and political entities (cities, nations, etc.) while supporting a growing culture of compassion that fosters positive, effective, and caring shifts in policy, practices, financing, education, employment, health, and community support.
What You Can Do
You can start by personally affirming the Charter for Compassion on the web. It’s easy to do and you’ll be adding your voice to tens of thousands moving us toward a culture of compassion.
If your city has a campaign under way, join and support that campaign. If it doesn’t, start a campaign. Bring like-minded people together and contact the International Institute for Compassionate Cities. The Institute has an easy-to-use online Campaign Participation Inquiry form. Complete and submit the form to begin getting support from the Institute.
You can also launch a campaign for your school, business, university, faith group, or other organization. Don’t hesitate to let the people at the Institute know if you have questions, needs, or suggestions.
How can compassion help meet the needs in your community? Let us know!
This Special Community Discussion will run from September 12 through October 2. It is led by Ari Cowan and Anil Singh-Molares of the Compassionate Action Network, and Scholar of Religion Karen Armstrong.