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Missions of Compassion: Finding Our Place in the Space Between 2 Stories

For every Compassion Games “coopetition” (i.e. a collaboration in which players cooperate to compete not against, but with each other), a set of “secret missions of compassion” are sent to players to carry the spirit of a coopetitions’ particular theme. These missions are intended to be a unifying thread, a way to tell a greater story to delight, engage, and connect players and teams throughout the world.

Each set of missions begins with a premise – a kind of “pre-mission” – which is then woven throughout the missions that follow. (Additionally, each mission highlights current global events, as well as showcasing inspiring “Champions of Compassion” – people and organizations we wish to recognize and honor.)

Choosing a mission’s premise can be deceptively difficult… too lofty and esoteric, the message of the missions aren’t accessible. Too simplistic and pollyanna, the missions lose their chance to carry a deeper meaning, and the opportunity to engage with something relevant and real. Striking a balance, as it turns out, can be quite a worthy challenge.

With the alarming social, political, cultural and environmental climate of today’s world, we decided we had no choice but to take a risk in order to offer something to our players that was truly worthwhile and unique. We decided to take a complex and emergent design approach, known as “permaculture,” and break down some of its core principles into compelling daily missions.

Permaculture is a contraction of the words “permanent” and “culture.” Permaculture is a system of design, a way of thinking and solving problems, and way to radically reimagine the type of relationship we humans have with the living world around us. Yet, diving into the principles of permaculture is better understood first with a solid foundation. And so the missions opened with a bold premise indeed: that the “Old Story of the World” is no longer working, and what we are left with now is a space, a space between two stories, for a New Story to emerge.

The following is the opening pre-mission for the 2017 Global Unity Games missions:


Agents of Compassion,

We have critical information for you from Compassion HQ

Since the times of first peoples, we human beings have sat in circle together to tell stories. Passed down over the generations, we told stories to delight and entertain our wonder, but also to warn and inform our curiosity. All stories, in one way or another, answered important questions that have captured the human spirit since our beginning:

Who are we?

Why are we here?

And, “Where are we going?

These are really Big Questions, and so our answers to them make up a really Big Story!

Lately, Agents, it may feel like the Big Story of the World has “gone mad” or “turned upside down.” We may feel that we do not like where we are going right now, as things feel more uncertain, confusing, and divisive on Planet Earth.

We begin to ask, “What exactly is going on here?

One possible explanation is that the Old Big Story we once believed in is not taking us where it once promised. The story and its answers are no longer working – or they never worked all that well – and so the story is starting to fall apart.

When a Big Story starts to fall apart, something very interesting happens: a crack appears where it once stood. This crack, although scary at first, is actually the space where a New Big Story about who we are, why we are here, and where we want to go can emerge.

Agents, we find ourselves now in the rare space between two stories.

In this crack, what type of a story do we wish to seed?

What grows here is up to us…


The opening to the missions takes us down a path which naturally leads us to ask… what will the New Story be? What does it look like?

And what is our individual and collective role in creating it?

This is where permaculture enters the picture.

The Permaculture Design Principles as revised by David Holmgren. Many of these were incorporated into the 2017 missions for the Global Unity Games.

As we mentioned, permaculture is a system of design – a way of thinking about and seeing the world and living within it. The central premise of permaculture is that we humans can actually observe and learn how nature provides the conditions for life to exist, and then create unique human systems based on these conditions to create a culture of abundance and permanence.

In other words, permaculture asserts that we must re-learn how to partner with life, as opposed to exploiting life. Why? Because degrading the natural world directly degrades our own lives, which is what the Old Story has done until now. We see the consequences of this “war on life” all around us.

By “mimicking” how the natural world provides the conditions for life to thrive, permaculture design principles allow us to create solutions that include how to grow healthier food, use energy creatively and efficiently, make sustainable shelters, earn a fulfilling living, grow and nourish community, and even share the surplus of our efforts with others.

Each of the twelve missions explores the New and Old Story framework, while guiding “Agents of Compassion” toward new, regenerative answers to old questions.

The missions culminate in a simple message: the path ahead of us on Mother Earth is full of uncertainty and change. What our New Story requires is a model for living in harmony with the world around us and each other, which means we must find ways to provide the resources to fulfill our collective needs. The Old Story offered plenty of ways to satisfy our endless wants, while providing very little for what we actually need to live and sustain good, long, fulfilling and healthy lives.

The space between these two stories is certainly “edgy.” Luckily, in permaculture, an “edge” represents the interaction of two worlds, an opportunity to build bridges between the old and the new. How we choose to respond to change – and not react to it in the same old way – will determine how the emerging New Story of Our World will be written.

What is written into our world’s New Story is up to us… the ink is not dry yet!


Explore the Missions!

Although the missions were sent out during the Global Unity Games, you can revisit them live at any time. Select “Begin Missions” to receive one mission per day for twelve days via email.

Alternatively, you can review all 2017 Global Unity Games Missions here!

Champion Spotlight: Peace Pledge Project

We are thrilled to embrace and support the Peace Pledge Project.  We had the good fortune to be at the Universal Sufi Temple in the Netherlands. The best of ideas are simple and clear and when executed also inspire many others to action. Nonagenarian Dr. Johannes Witteveen former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund and a world-renowned Sufi leader is known as Murshid Karimbakhsh has been bringing together spiritually inspired leaders to reflect on how to advance greater human harmony and unity.

The Peace Pledge Project and Peace Pledge Document emerged from the deliberations of the Universal Sufi Counsel. The actual document was a collaboration of Dr. Johannes Witteveen – Chair Universal Sufi Council, Jonathan Granoff – President of Global Security Institute, Brigitte van Baren -Director Inner Sense, and Pir Shabda Khan – Director Sufi Ruhaniat International USA. They began their first interfaith pilgrimage to sacred places to advance Loving-Kindness and Compassion — values central to our lives and principles to guide institutions this past February in New Delhi, India. It was there a commitment was made to live, circulate and advance the Peace Pledge to as many people, spiritual leaders, and institutions as possible. The intention behind the pledge is the understanding that the core of all spiritual experience, as well as the authentic value of every religious tradition, is the mystery and majesty of Loving-Kindness and Compassion.

The document speaks for itself and it is now the commitment of the Peace Pledge Project to offer the Peace Pledge to the world in order to advance its message. It is only when each person takes, signs and puts this pledge into action that peace and unity among people of all belief systems in this world is possible.

To learn more and to sign the Peace Pledge. Visit www.peacepledgeproject.org
For contact and to get involved: www.facebook.com/Peacepledgeproject

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: 2020orBust

Thank you 2020 or Bust for creating a place where you empower individuals and teams to be informed and take action to really care for the Earth. You have taken the reality of where we are, help others take responsibility and share proof that we can do this together. We pass you all the Global Compassion for the Earth Torch.

“2020 or Bust” is the campaign to generate the awareness, action, and results that will bridge the emissions gap by 2020 to put us on track to ending the climate crisis in time. Join the Campaign. End the climate crisis. “The mission of 2020 or Bust is to align the global community on the next five years as our make-it-or-break-it window of opportunity in which to radically interrupt the current emissions trend and get us on track to end the crisis in time; to generate the thinking, planning and action that will close the gap between where we’ll predictably be in 2020 and where we need to be for us to be on track for a sustainable future.”

For the past three years, the Co-Founder of 2020 or Bust, Laughlin Artz, efforts have been focused on one singular commitment: to end the global climate crisis through citizen engagement and collective action.  As a pioneer in making the climate crisis and the ending of it accessible to ordinary people, Laughlin has distinguished himself as a recognized world leader and radical change agent, putting the power to solve humanity’s most urgent problem in the hands of civil society. See in this video below Laughlin Artz, on 2020 or Bust leadership team, share about 2020 or Bust with people in NYC.


Downloading the 2020 or Bust App is one example of a way to take action today and honor these Champions of Earth Compassion. What is the App?
This is your chance to be a hero! Climate change is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, and currently, we’re not on track to end the crisis before it’s way too hot. But together, human beings can close the gap between where we are headed and where we need to be to end the crisis in time. And we will be amazing together while doing it!

By playing 2020 or Bust: The Game of the Century, you will literally help reduce global emissions, the key to the world’s winning the game. You’ll also be part of a global community of great people who have committed to ending the climate crisis.

We need to reduce annual global carbon emissions by 8 gigatons by 2020 to end the crisis. With this app, you choose actions that shrink your own carbon footprint and with it, the global footprint.

Committing to these activities plugs you into the global game. You’ll see your progress and our global progress tracked on your dashboard. And coming soon, you will able to get notifications and reminders, track the impact of your actions, and get news and updates. Check out how to download the 2020 Or Bust App here!

See many different forms of actions you can take with 2020 or Bust at this link. 

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/2020orbust/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2020orBust
Website: http://www.2020orbust.org/

Report your Earth Compassion in action on the Global Compassion Report Map for Earth Week until May 7th with 2020 OR Bust Team here: reports.compassiongames.org

 

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Amy Walker

 

We are thrilled to pass the Global Compassion Torch to Amy Walker today! Thank you, Amy, for standing for courageous compassion for others and the Earth in all you do. Compassion Games wants to recognize Ms. Walker and her artistic projects expressed from her brave heart, standing up for Mother Earth with infinite love, and teaching us what compassion really means. Our intent is to celebrate her authentic service to caring for the Earth and the powerfully embodied message she shares. See Champion of Compassion, Amy Walker receive the Compassion Torch and also leading us all in a Water Blessing Ceremony in this video! Please share!

Amy’s multi-disciplinary spirituality is integral to her art and life, connecting her with the earth and all beings as Relatives. Her practices include knowledge from being trained and adopted into Native Nakota medicine ways with the Yankton Sioux in South Dakota; initiated into Kriya Yoga through the line of Gurus at Self-Realization Fellowship; being a third-year Moon Dancer in Teotihuacàn, Mexico; as well as countless workshops, books, and teachings. Watch this video below,  a beautiful example of her love and power,  inviting us to unify together into the compassionate way.

“This came to me in the Nakota language for you and all beings. I share it now with the intention of sending healing love around the world, joining billions of people in prayer on this 12/21/12 solstice. Feel free to share, sing adapt, arrange… Love!” -Amy Walker

Love is Sacred Medicine -a prayer song for mi daku owase, mitakuye oyasin, all my relations.

Lyrics:
Wiwowashte de pejuta wakhan
Wiwowashte Ina Makha sitomniya
Mi daku owase, unshi ma nayo
Wiwowashte, chante owase ota

Translation:
Love is sacred medicine
Love around Mother Earth
All my relations, it’s the way it is, the way it should be, the way I want it to be,
Love, a nation of many nations of hearts

Amy Walker is an actress, singer, inspirational speaker, and multi-disciplinary artist, as a way of expressing #CourageousCompassion. Her passion is performing in productions that entertain and inspire positive change. She has been featured on TEDx, the TODAY Show, NPR, Inside Edition, and her online videos have garnered over 40 million views on YouTube and beyond, from the viral “21 Accents”, to memorable characters, songs, and inspirational insights. In 2015, she toured internationally with her one-woman show, Amy Walker: Inside Out ~ Celebrating the Unity in our Diversity.

Join Compassion Games International leadership Team pass the Global Compassion Torch to Amy Walker LIVE today Sunday at 9:00 AM –  9:00 AM PST.  She will also lead us in a Sacred Water Blessing Ceremony Song. Learn more and join us at this link.

As a way to appreciate Amy Walker, you can join her participating in Earth Week and report as a member of “The Vibers”, by sharing your compassion for Earth in action on the Global Compassion Report Map through May 7th. For example, you can reflect on Amy’s Water Water Blessing Ceremony today and share with others. Game on Vibers!

You can sign up for Water is Life! Protect The Sacred Earth Week today!

Let us light up the world with compassion for the Earth today and celebrate Amy Walker by sharing this article and joining us today as we honor her as a Champion of Compassion. 

Earth Day Wisdom for all players & teams playing Earth Week below!

See the many ways below to stay connected to this Champion of Compassion, Amy Walker:

See Amy’s courageous compassion sketches on her inspiring YouTube Channel.

Watch Amy Walker’s Ted Talk about Expanding Your Identity to Embody Your Potential.

Amy Walker’s Facebook Fan Page

Follow her on Twitter

Amy Walker’s Website

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: People’s Climate March

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. 

Now that Earth Day 2017 is history, the week of action, led by the Peoples Climate March; is happening on the 29th and as outlined a week of activities are happening all over the world. Anyone can engage with and shed light on the challenges and opportunities to protect and restore mother earth. https://peoplesclimate.org/week-of-action/

Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our moves.

Sister Marches are taking place all over the world.  Follow this link to discover where you can join in.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: #Decarbonize BlueYouth

Let us rise together and share our deep bows of gratitude for the historical difference Decarbonize Blue Youth, as the world’s largest youth lead synthesis of climate action and recommendation. 11,000 Students were engaged in contributing 25,000 hours to the creation of a global White Paper on Climate Change from September to November 2016. This process was completed with a Writers Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco during the UNFCCC COP22.

See this group of youth from at Marrakech, Morocco during the UNFCCC COP22 do an amazing job speaking about indigenous water access!! Aboriginal voices need to be heard! These #Decarbonize Youth leaders share incredible wisdom about climate change and Earth Compassion action to take.

See how this incredible champions of compassion youth group made a huge difference in the Compassion Relay with the Global Compassion Torch being in thier hands leading up to Compassion Games The Giving Games Youth & Schools Play It Forward in November 2016 with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and The Green Sheikh.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Earth Day Network

As the world looks to find a new way to balance, preserve and protect Mother Earth we are grateful to have a partnership with the Earth Day Network and to recognize them as the lead “Champion of Compassion”.

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

 

March for Science

This year the Earth Day Network is supporting the March for Science – a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.

Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

On April 22, 2017, Earth Day, we walk out of the lab and into the streets.  We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march.

See behind the scenes of the March for Science in this video below!

You can watch the March for Science LIVE at this link on Earth Day Network YouTube Channel.

Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.
CGI Global Calendar March for Science Event

March for Science website
Check out over 360 marches around the world planned that day.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceMarchDC
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sciencemarchdc/

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Earth Gratitude

Earth Gratitude is a partner of Unify who introduced us.  They are focusing this Earth Week on “Earth Gratitude: Clean Living” and have published a beautiful Moni e-book with contributions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to Elon Musk, from Tesla Motors, Arian Huffington, and many other remarkable voices. 

The e-book is free and you don’t even have to give your email.   Download the e-book here  as they say in the introduction: “We are in deep gratitude to everyone who views this book, pushes pause on the daily routine and status quo, and makes a bold, brave, and sustainable choices for their everyday lives.”

www.earthgratitude.org

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Green World Campaign

The Green World Campaign: Founded and Nurtured by Marc Barasch

The Green World Campaign works to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor, and combat global climate change.  Green World is planting trees to regenerate the soil. Here they play in the Compassion Games.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Pachamama Alliance

Thank you, Pachamama Alliance for being such a beacon of light, inspiring people around the world into Earth Caring action! We take this 4th day of Earth Week to pass the Global Compassion Torch to all who are part of the Pachamama Alliance Team making a positive difference a reality every day. Here is the Co-Founder of Pachamama Alliance, Bill Twist with the Global Compassion Torch sharing his light and gratitude.

We had the incredible opportunity to work with Pachamama Alliance in February bringing light and compassion to The 7th Generation Runners from Standing Rock in the heart of San Francisco as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week (see a video about the inspiring results of this event). Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. Learn more about the story of why Pachamama Alliance is alive and thriving in the world in this video.

Here are some of the incredible impacts the Pachamama Alliance is igniting globally. Pachamama Alliance works in partnership with Indigenous People to attain permanent protection of the tropical rainforests of the headwaters region of the Amazon basin in Ecuador and northern Peru. Containing some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, this is an area of immense ecological importance to the world.

There are 61 Pachamama Alliance Communities—local hubs where people work together to bring about a new future for life on Earth—in 21 countries, including the U.S., Mexico, China, Japan, Romania, and New Zealand. In 2016, Community Days were brought to 7 Pachamama Alliance groups, including Lima, Peru; Rochester, New York; and Beijing, China; equipping and empowering them in their vision to build a new society.

The Awakening the Dreamer program—Pachamama Alliance’s flagship educational program offered both in person and online—now has over 5000 trained Facilitators across the globe, offering the in-person Symposium in at least 16 languages and in more than 80 countries.

The Game Changer Intensive—an online course that picks up where Awakening the Dreamer leaves off and catalyzes the inner work of transformation, inspires and equips people to enter in effective collective action— and has now been taken by more than 4000 participants.

We invite you today to Protect The Sacred Pachamama and join the celebration by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter, or on the Compassion Report Map with what you appreciate about Pachamama Alliance. Take action and get involved with Pachamama Alliance today! Here is where to start:

https://www.facebook.com/PachamamaAlliance

https://twitter.com/PachamamaOrg

https://www.pachamama.org/

Have you signed up to play Earth Week yet? You can report your Earth Compassion in action on the Global Compassion Report Map until May 7th! Join the world’s largest compassion competition where everyone wins!

From Compassion Games leadership team hearts, we thank you for all that epic positive change you bring the world! We pass the Champion of Compassion Torch to you all!