Compassion Games - Featured
2016/01/03
By : Compassion Games


This lead to the launch of an effort that used the service power of 340 schools to pack a remarkable 1,000,000 meals to help feed children across the United States. Read the "From 20,000 to 250,000 to 1,252,160 Meals Feeding Children Everywhere!" story here.

In Louisville, Kentucky acts of hate defaced the Louisville Islamic Center in red graffiti just days before they were to receive an award - the first Compassion Bench - from the Partnership for Compassionate Louisville, the team participating in the Compassion Games. Thousands of people from all backgrounds showed up to support the Islamic Center in this difficult time, helping to remove the vandalism and transforming the hate into a powerful healing that brought the local community closer together. Read the "Acts of Intolerance Make Compassion Bench More Meaningful Than Ever" story here.

Educator Rahbin Shyne used the Compassion Games to bring about compassionate "climate change" at her high school in south Los Angeles, where gang leaders used the Games to channel their energy that had been used to create harm into a force for good. Listen to Rahbin Shyne describe the impact of playing the Compassion Games at her school.

In North Thurston County, Washington State, 50 schools participated in 2014 by forming a currency, called "Coins of Compassion", given to anyone who committed an act of kindness, whether that be a student, teacher, or administrator. Read the Coins of Compassion in Schools story here. A women's correctional facility in California has played the Compassion Games for three years. In 2014 over 10,000 acts of kindness were reported and there was an unprecedented 11 days without violence. Read how the Games were played in a Women's Correctional Facility here. Read a 2015 Good News Network story about the Games played in prisons.

Compassion Games - Everyone Wins

Short and Long Benefits of Playing in The Games Catalyst to Ignite Engagement:The Compassion Games reframe play and competition by turning "competitive altruism" and "friendly-competition" into "coopetition" amongst and between different teams to create excitement and motivated interest in participating.

Amplifier of What's Already Working: The Compassion Games can strengthen and amplify what's already working in a community. Weaving together existing events and activities from different groups and organizations catalyzes a shared collective impact. The Compassion Games also inspires new events and activities that build upon what's already being happening in a community.

Framework and Baseline for Measuring Compassion Strength: The Compassion Games measure community service through the number of volunteers, hours of service, monies raised for local causes, and numbers of people served. Results create a baseline for building a team's compassion impact and value over time, strengthening our individual and collective "compassion muscles.".

Engaging Environment for Reflection and Learning: The Compassion Games offer a means for engagement and reflection which transfers the experiences from the Games to the real world. Composing and sharing Compassion Reports that include these reflections helps players build the skills needed to act more effectively and compassionately with ourselves and our communities.

Platform for Cultivating Open Participation: The Compassion Games offer an open-source, "Do-It-Ourselves" creative platform. The Games tap into a growing capacity and desire to engage with compassion in ways that go beyond theory and passive consumption. The Games are open, participatory, peer-driven, and a thriving example of open-source collaboration.

Connection to a Global Movement:The Compassion Games are a part of an international compassion movement that inspires participation in something greater than oneself and one's local community. The Compassion Games let us understand, connect, and learn from each other while co-creating a global culture of kindness.
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