Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is a community engagement experience that invites people around the world to challenge one another to reveal and promote acts of compassion that better our lives, our communities, and all life on Earth.
Through the spirit of playful and cooperative competition (“coopetition”), players strive together to:
Unify our intentions within a global community.
Amplify what’s already working in our local communities.
Catalyze increased engagement around initiatives to address local and global challenges.
Bring a growing movement of unprecedented, unified action to life!
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 both Compassion Games Coopetitions.
Find out more information about the September and April Compassion Games by clicking on “Learn More” below.
There are many Ways to Play the Compassion Games during an annual coopetition, or any time of year. Service projects, random acts of kindness, and Compassion Missions are a few ways players ignite compassion in their communities. View the gallery of Ways to Play here!
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.
Over the past five years, the Compassion Games have been played in over 40 countries by more than 1,000,000 volunteer players who have served over 15 million people. Past teams have included community groups, faith congregations, schools, families, government agencies, businesses, and even inmates in women’s prison! Check out the 2017 Global Unity Games Summary Results and Highlights here, or consider reading how the Games were brought into Roybal High School to empower a gang-affected community.
Compassion Relays illuminate outstanding organizations and individuals around the world (known as Champions of Compassion) whose work is contributing to a more peaceful, just, and compassionate planet. Compassion Relays represent a chain of goodwill that allow us to collectively highlight the work of others while being honored in return! Learn more here.
“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your own path.” –Buddha
Each Champion is represented by an organization or individual who has spread the light of the Compassion Torch in truly remarkable, inspirational ways. Below are just a handful of the Champions of Compassion featured in coopetitions past. View the growing gallery of Compassion Relay Champions here!