Compassion Games International offers fun and creative ways to ignite and catalyze compassionate action in communities around the world. In the five annual Compassion Games, competition becomes coopetition as teams and individuals challenge one another to strive together to make our planet a better place to live through community service, acts of kindness, and raising monies for local causes. The Games amplify what is already working in our communities and inspires increased engagement, leading to new activities that bring compassion to life and improve our well-being.
The Compassion Games adapt creatively to any community who wants to embrace and play them. Over the past five years, the Games have mobilized nearly 500,000 volunteers that have served over 5,400,000 people in 40 countries. Watch and share this short video to get a summarized overview:
Everyone who signs up is an “Agent of Compassion” and is part of the “International Kindness Team”. By selecting Sign Up to Stay Informed you will receive periodic updates from Compassion Games International and invitations to play in the five upcoming coopetitions that take place throughout the year. Learn More about upcoming coopetitions below, and Sign Up to Play!
Play Your Hearts Out!
Organize service projects and inspire acts of kindness to give back to your community! As an Agent of Compassion fulfill missions during a coopetition, and get ideas from the gallery of Ways to Play to get started!
Report and Reflect
After your compassionate actions, report on your activities and outcomes on the Compassion Report Map, capturing the number of volunteers, hours served, monies raised, and people served!
Individual Players and Team Organizers can sign up to play in one or more coopetitions. When you sign up to play in a coopetition, you receive a mission to inspire and guide acts of compassion each day of that coopetition. If you are a Team Organizer, you will be prompted to Register Your Team after you sign up to play. If you want to find out more information about each coopetition, click on “Learn More” under the coopetition descriptions below.
Join us for our Global Unity Games coopetition with teams around the world, from September 11, the U.S. National Day of Service (observed in over 150 countries) to September 21, the U.N.’s International Day of Peace! Learn more.
Players and Teams use the Compassion Report Map to share their stories and experiences, reflecting on the impact and measuring the results of their compassion. Measures are displayed on a Coopetition Scoreboard and include the number of volunteers, the hours of service, monies raised for local causes, and number of people served. By reading and sharing players’ reports and stories, we uplift ourselves and connect to each other through our acts of kindness and compassion.
The following six impacts offer a way to appreciate and anticipate the benefits of participation in the Compassion Games:
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 motivate interest in participating.
The Compassion Games can strengthen and amplify what is 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 existing efforts.
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.”.
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.
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.
The Compassion Games are a part of an international compassion movement that inspires participation in something greater than oneself. The Compassion Games help us to understand, connect, and learn from each other while co-creating a global culture of kindness.
Past teams have included community groups, faith congregations, schools, families, government agencies, business teams, and even inmates in prison who went 11 days without a single incident of violence! Read the 2015 Global Unity Games Summary Results and Highlights here, and the 2016 Global Unity Games Summary Results and Highlights here!
Select an image below to explore a Champion of Compassion. Each Champion is represented by an organization or individual who has spread the light of the Compassion Torch in truly remarkable, inspirational ways. View the entire gallery here!