Charter for Compassion
By : CCI
In February 2008 the TED prize was awarded to Karen Armstrong for her wish to create, launch, and propagate a global compassion movement based on the Golden Rule. A meeting was convened in Geneva, Switzerland later that year, called by Ms. Armstrong and TED, and chaired by Joan Brown Campbell, to work with a group of significant global leaders to hone the language collected from thousands of contributors into what became the "Charter for Compassion," launched on November 12, 2009.

The Charter of Compassion supports the emergence of a global movement that brings the Charter to life. To do so, the Charter of Compassion is a network of networks, connecting organizers and leaders from around the world, providing educational resources, organizing tools, and avenues for communication; sharing lessons, stories, and inspiration; providing the umbrella of the Charter for Compassion for conferences, events, collaborations, conversations and initiatives to create compassionate communities and institutions.

Compathos Executive Director, Cynthia La Grou was honored to be invited to the Charter's International Retreat on Bainbridge Island, Washington in September 2015 which elaborated on the future of the organization, with the intent of potentially "spearheading a communication model" that will encourage, identify and amplify the emerging narratives of both the Charter and a thriving global movement of empathy and compassion.

The Charter's main focus of outreach at the time of this writing are Compassionate Communities and The Charter for Compassion Education Institute.

Although the early work of the Charter was focused on building a network of cities, it soon became evident that communities both larger and smaller than cities wanted to join the global movement in which compassion is at the heart of a community's activities. The Charter's growing network of Compassionate Communities now includes cities, towns, townships, shires, hamlets, villages, neighborhoods, islands, stats, provinces, counties, republics, and countries. "A community where compassion is fully alive is a thriving, resilient community whose members are moved by empathy to take compassionate action, are able to confront crises with innovative solutions, are confident in navigating changes in the economy and the environment, and are resilient enough to bounce back readily from natural and man-made disasters."

The newly launched Charter for Compassion Education Institute adheres to the following values:

We want to live in a world . . .

● where compassionate action is first to arrive when anyone is suffering or in pain-in hamlets, villages, towns, suburbs, cities, and countries throughout the world
● where people of varied beliefs, lifestyles, languages, and cultures will truly listen, empathize, and reach out their hands to help one another in the spirit of compassion
● where all people work to resolve our differences without violence, where we protect the innocent and learn how to forgive the guilty, and where compassion is our energy source for creating a peaceful world
● in which all people have compassion for the Earth and all life that exists on our beautiful planet

We are saddened when we hear about . . .

● malnourished and starving people anywhere in the world
● diseases that decimate families and communities when vaccines and medicines exist that could help
● violence and injustice in any form-whether it is directed against people of a different race, ethnic background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other "reason" that allows a person to claim power over another
● mistreatment of the frail, the elderly, the mentally ill, the incarcerated, the homeless, the immigrant, the poor, women and children-or any other vulnerable group
● abuse and neglect of children, sex trafficking or enslavement of any human being, and poverty wages for hard work
● families who must flee their homes because of terror, war, natural or manmade disasters, or other violence
● the destruction or neglect of the beauty of the natural world and its resources

We know that many people across the world share both our sadness about the way things are and our vision for a better world. So we have created a Compassion Education Institute . . .
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