The mission of the Compassion Games is to make our communities safer, kinder, more just and better places to live.
By participating, players are called upon to perform acts of service and kindness in our neighborhoods, on the job, in service-providing agencies, and wherever their daily journey takes them. The acts of service are organized projects or simple acts of kindness to aid a neighbor in need or just for the pure joy of it!
The 2014 Games will run from September 11th through September 21st, 2014.
A Brief History of the Games
The challenge to play the Compassion Games came from Louisville KY, whose mayor asked his citizens to perform acts of service in that community during a one-week period in April. His goal was 55,000 acts of service. Instead, more than 90,000 acts of service were recorded, and Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed his city “the most compassionate city in the world.”
“Anybody can do this,” Mayor Fischer said. “It requires no extra money from the city. It’s calling out the goodwill that resides in the people already. So my challenge to my fellow mayors is to take us on. And being a compassionate city, we have to help you beat us, of course, and we’d be delighted to do so.” In Louisville, service projects included packaging 33,570 meals for needy children, 9,000 volunteers who picked up litter, 3,200 donated books, and 950 blood donations.
Compassionate Seattle, with the support of King County and the Seattle City Council, took up the challenge and the “Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest” were born!
While many individuals and organizations have been working in the community for decades to create real opportunities for those traditionally disenfranchised and to focus on issues of poverty, injustice, and violence… our increasing incivility calls for greater participation. The Compassion Games calls all people from all sectors and all parts of our world to share the vision of justice and equality, and collaborate to create a more connected, caring community. Together as engaged citizens, we can strengthen what’s already working in our communities, and produce a collective impact that is greater than the work each of us, or any one of our organizations, can produce individually.
The goal of Compassionate Seattle is to cultivate a vibrant culture of compassion to support Seattle’s 10-year Compassionate City Campaign and the Charter for Compassion. Seattle laid the groundwork in 2010 by becoming the first city to affirm the Charter for Compassion, and we are now creating synergy among the many citizens, groups, organizations, agencies and coalitions working on behalf of compassionate action in our community.
The 10-year Compassionate City Campaign calls on us to identify community needs and work together to address them. With the Compassion Games, Compassionate Seattle is calling citizens, government and institutions to work together to find creative solutions to meet the needs of all our citizens.
The Compassion Games provide a social platform to translate these visions and hopes into concrete, real and tangible expression in the community for collective impact. We believe that compassionate action – individually and collectively, small scale and large, planned and random – tangibly transforms our world for the better, increases our consciousness and hope for what is possible, and gives us confidence that we can be the change we seek in the world.
The success of the Compassion Games comes down to one thing… you. One person, like yourself, can ultimately help improve the lives of many. We truly need your help and participation, and we can guarantee one thing for sure – nothing feels better than giving, especially when surrounded by a community of like-minded givers. Please join us!
What are Compassion Games?
There are no winners or losers in the Compassion Games. Instead, the more games that are played, the more we all win. Compassion Games and activities have social impact, help us try new things, and build relationships and trust. Social impact games and activities will turn apathy into action. When you engage with others on behalf of others, you’ll feel it in your heart and gain a greater connection to your community. (Check out the research: www.showmethescience.com)
If you want to know more, read Frequently Asked Questions here. If you want to find out more about how to organize and produce the Compassion Games in your community, email Jon Ramer at jon at compassiongames.org.