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2017 Global Unity Compassion Games Results and Highlights

Greetings Agents,

This year’s Global Unity Compassion Games was epic and off the charts! From September 9th through September 24th inspiring events and activities were organized by players all over the world. The Compassion Games demonstrate the power of compassionate action as we play and offer community service through the fun of a global “coopetition” – a collaboration among teams in which nobody loses and everyone wins!

World Peace and Global Unity Campaign

The Compassion Games teamed up with Unify, the Charter for Compassion, and the Indigenous-led Four Worlds International Institute to organize the 2017 World Peace and Global Unity Campaign in support of the September Global Unity Compassion Games.

The Campaign encouraged communities to “synchronize globally” (e.g. global meditations, tele-summits, synchronized film streamings) and “organize locally” (e.g. from service projects to random acts of kindness). The theme was building bridges to peace, prosperity, and the planet. We are grateful to LUSH Handmade Cosmetics, the Maritz Family Foundation, and all the other donors who contributed to underwriting this year’s September Games.

We are inspired by the collaborations that took place across divides, to unify and share intentions, and to act together to create a peaceful and loving world. This report celebrates the amazing Players (Agents of Compassion) and what they did e.g. how about multiple teams packing hundreds of thousands of meals for victims of recent disasters?

We Reached and Served More People Than Ever

Here are the Final Results!

Over 600,000 volunteers served over 8,000,000 people and raised over $100,000,000 to support local and global causes (not the Compassion Games)! The recent hurricane disasters became a focus for fundraising during the Games. Teams in Austin and the Rebuild Texas Fund raised $68,000,000.  This team in Dallas raised over $39,000,000 as they reported: “We are already compassionate, but we can always be more so.” View the report from Dallas here.  Visit the Compassion Report Map to see all the reports and the Scoreboard Map Viewer just to see the numbers. To understand the numbers in greater detail we have prepared a scoring guidelines document.

Additionally, the “Compassion Games Creates Climate Change” video was viewed on Facebook over 7 million times, shared over 175,000 times, and reached over 18 million people by the time the Coopetition was over! Thanks to Unify there was another great video and to Jacob Devaney for articles on Huffington Post. 

Compassion Report Map Highlights

Discover what players did during the Games, see how we are “getting it right” in nearly 500 reports. Here’s a Facebook album with selections from the Compassion Report Map. Wherever possible we tagged the players. We can now communicate with the agents who made these beautiful acts of compassion occur. Each image links to the report that you can now share on Facebook or Twitter.

Key Global Events

Global Unity Tele-Summit: The 11 Days of Global Unity from 9/11 through 9/21 was hosted and produced by We the World and partnered with the Shift Network and the Compassion Games to promote the Telesummit that included some of the most visionary thinkers and activists of our time: Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Marianne Williamson, Robert Thurman, Karenna Gore, Nwamaka Agbo, Michael Beckwith, Jonathan Granoff and many others. You can listen back to the sessions here. Bravo to Rick Ulfik and his team at We the World for producing such a remarkable and inspiring 11 Days of Global Unity. We featured We the World as a Champion of Compassion.

Films for the Planet featured six beautifully-produced, award-winning documentaries that inspire a planetary culture of peace for 16 days (from Sept 9-24). People signed up to stream films about peace and solutions in their community and participate in their live stream webinar: “The Neuroscience of Peace – Tapping into Our Hearts’ Intelligence” which highlighted the cultural and scientific evidence supporting globally synchronized meditations and activities. We featured Films for the Planet as a Champion of Compassion.

With the support of Four Worlds Europe we brought the Compassion Torch to the launch of the Peace Pledge at the Peace Palace at The Hague in the Netherlands. You can sign the Peace Pledge here. View spiritual leaders sharing the Peace Pledge here. We featured the Peace Pledge as a Champion of Compassion.  A remarkable participant was youth leader Haji Syed Salman Chishty from the Chishty Foundation with the message of love for all, malice for none, and service for all humanity.

September 13th 2017 was the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), encompassing some 370 million Indigenous peoples in more than 70 countries. Thanks to Four Worlds Europe we brought the Compassion Torch to an Indigenous-led ceremony at the Hague. The Indigenous People were invited into the Peace Palace to be part of the Peace Pledge launch.  Indigenous Wisdom reminds us to take into consideration future generations in every decision we make as One Human Family.

 

World Peace Weekend September 23 and 24

Global Solutions Day was a worldwide activation for a Global Solutions Revolution of Peace, Unity and Cultural Re-Education. The day was dedicated to identifying and co-creating a platform for sharing the myriad of solutions that already exist. We featured United Earth as a Champion of Compassion.

Reconciliation Canada, an Indigenous-led organization, with a bold vision to promote reconciliation by engaging in dialogue that revitalizes the relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in order to build vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities. We are thrilled to feature Reconciliation Canada who organized a Walk for Reconciliation on September 24th for peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and a better world. On Sunday Unify hosted the Globally Synchronized Meditation.

Daily “Secret” Missions of Compassion

For every Compassion Games “coopetition” a set of “missions” are sent and shared carrying the spirit of a coopetitions’ particular theme. (We treat these missions as “secret” since some agents prefer to do their good deeds anonymously.)

This set of missions was titled “Finding Our Place in the Space Between Two Stories.” What is our unique role in creating the New Story? What does the New Story look like? Let’s find out! You can view and receive the complete set of missions here.

Cities and Regions League as a Bridge to Prosperity

Prosperity is being created in Compassionate Cities all around the world. In this coopetition we birthed the Compassionate Cities and Regions League. Louisville and Dallas took their rivalry to a new level and Compassionate Australia declared itself committed to being the first “Compassionate Continent!” On the International Day of Peace, Compassionate Gold Coast launched the first of a number of Compassionate Cities emerging throughout Australia. We featured Compassionate Gold Coast as a Champion of Compassion.

Northwest Ohio put together a collage of their reports on the Compassion Report map! 

The Compassionate Cities and Regions League is also building bridges to many other city initiatives such as Resilient Cities, Smart Cities, International Cities of Peace. We passed the Compassion Torch to Sol Trombo Vila from the Trans National Institute who is managing the Transformative Cities Initiative that has cities sharing their experiences of tackling and finding solutions to our planet’s systemic economic, social, political and ecological challenges.

Thanks to Gerthe Lamers we witnessed first hand the power of connecting cities within a region by visiting with Compassionate Netherlands and the different mayors and cities working to build a compassionate region.  We were inspired by the Mayor of Rotterdam and their WEsociety Programme that is “uniting the city” with the keywords: dialogue, compassion, inclusiveness. Listen to the Program Manager, Vera Bauman explain the WEsociety:

Building a Global Fire of Commitment to Compassion

The Compassion Relay passes the Compassion Torch to Champions of Compassion playing Build a Global Fire of Commitment to Compassion by holding the Torch, sharing their fire, and passing the Torch to another Champion of Compassion. Visit the Global Fireplace to warm your spirit and let their passion and fire fuel your soul. Share your fire too!

24 Hours of Compassion

We introduced a new Way to Play in honor of the vision of a 24 hour period of non-violence and peace.  We challenged ourselves and others to remain calm and engage in a 24 Hour Compassion marathon of sorts sharing the work of the amazing Champions of Compassion from all over the globe.  The 24 Hours of Compassion featured  Champions of Compassion including ABC Charity, Charter for Compassion Australia, Aero Municipality, 9/11 Day, Parliament of World Religions, Films for the Planet, United Earth – Global Solutions Day, Network of Wellbeing, International Day of Peace, Synergized Earth Network, We the World, Reconciliation Canada, Combatants for Peace, Peace Pledge Project, Be the Peace.

New Players, Partners, and Ways to Play

An exciting aspect of each Coopetition are the new Players, Partners, Ways to Play and possibilities that emerge. Thousands of new people “Liked” our Facebook page, hundreds joined our Facebook Group and are following us on Twitter and Instagram.  We met and added two remarkable Legends to our Leadership Team.

Norie Huddle

Norie Huddle, the New York Times best-selling author of Butterfly and the inventor of the “Best Game on Earthhas joined our Leadership Team. We are starting out partnering to feature the Best Game on Earth and to co-design “Clump and Cluster“.  This is the story game of how we come together and transform from a caterpillar into a butterfly.  Norie and her husband are also building the Garden of Paradise in Ecuador and played a key role in Ecuador recognizing the Rights of Nature in its constitution. 

Megan Gaiser

Another remarkable Game designer and leader joined our Leadership Team. Megan Gaiser recently founded the 21st Century Leadership for Diversity Movement. With a background in film, Megan became one of the first female CEO’s in the game industry and with her team, pioneered a new market niche – inspiring games for girls, with the Nancy Drew game franchise.  Awards include: “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women” Next Generation; “Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade.”  Megan will be co-designing Leadership For Diversity the game and collaborating with Norie and the Leadership Team on “Clump and Cluster”.

Robert Peloquin

Another outstanding new partner is Robert Peloquin, founder of MyStudio Live a multiscreen, live video chat app that can connect face-face and stream it on Facebook. Robert is also a digital advertising specialist with experience working with advertising agencies and will be building relationships connecting the Compassion Games and like-minded brands.

Clump and Cluster: Weaving Our Strategies Together

The natural evolution of Compassion Games Leagues is similar to the process of Clumping and Clustering. For example, by bringing the cities and regions together into a League we are able to enhance communications by linking teams that are like-minded and facing similar challenges. Other Compassion Games leagues follow this pattern of clustering together teams that are related to common areas such as youth and schools, faith and interfaith communities, businesses, innovators, philanthropies, sporting teams, etc. 

We are planning a league of “Charters, Declarations, Manifestos, and Pledges” that will form a league and play Clump and Cluster with the goal of weaving strategies together and play in the Games to turn their Good Words into Good Deeds as they strengthen and support each other. We have begun to identify who can “Team -Up” and play together.

The Road Ahead

The Compassion Games has set a goal of serving 100 million people through the Games by the end of 2020. We’ve served about 15 million people to date. We are looking to spark a self-replicating Compassion Games Movement. We invite you to sign up and share the Games with others. We are grassroots and appreciate your participation and financial support. You can make a one-time donation or become a monthly Game-changer here. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Jon Ramer at Jon@compassiongames.org or (206) 972-7356.

Champion Spotlight: Synergized Earth Network

Synergized Earth Network (SEN)


Today’s pressing challenges
A critical account of some of the exceptional pressing challenges the Earth is currently undergoing can be given such as: environmental degradation, climate change, deforestation, the melting of the icecaps, the disruption of nutrient cycles, the economical crisis, etc. These are all strong indicators of the irreversible damage caused to the Earth’s eco-system and our lives and tends to cause harm because of the societal implications these set forth on multiple levels. These realities are all consequences of population growth and the unequal distribution of resources, technological advancement, human consumption and intervention in the natural world. More importantly, it underlies a crisis of values on multiple levels in our world today. Such developments will continue to harm the fabric of nature and the quality of life for generations to come. Both the outlined global debates on sustainable development as well as the pressing issues related to the so-called ‘interlocking crisis’ reflected in the current pressing need for both systemic and sustainable change to present fundamental challenges to human cooperation. Within this framework, it is key to understand what the role of leadership is in tackling pressing global challenges from within our daily realities and what the effects of this are for future generations and the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities.

It has become clear that the past and present point to an immediate need for turning the tide for
our immediate future, for the sake of our children, the future generations to come, humanity and
Planet Earth and its living organism. We believe that it can be restored in all segments of society and areas of life and navigate us through and enable a significant contribution to the current state of the world.

Synergized Earth Network (SEN) is a worldwide, intergenerational value-driven and commitment-
based network established in The Hague, the International City for Peace and Justice in the
Netherlands. SEN is a non-profit and non-governmental organization.

 

Build upon our philosophy, we believe and experience that sustainable outer service as a result of change can only come from within ourselves, from within our communities and from within our institutional structures. Synergized Earth Network (SEN) strives to facilitate a global value-driven and commitment-based intergenerational network of networks bringing together and synergizing the aligned and unique complementary contributions for social change and sustainable development in all segments of society on a local, national, regional and global level.

Our vision is to strive to co-create conducive environments for lifelong learning across generations in all segments of society and spheres of life to cultivate human qualities, the quality of life and our greatest potential to restore human-human and human-earth relationships.

Our mission is to synergize intergenerational collaboration and existing capacities for sustainable change governed by intentions and carried by an emergent leadership of values and ethics to bring about change in mindset on personal, interpersonal and societal spheres.

Our purpose is to unite aligned capacities for social and sustainable change in all segments of societies across the globe to restore human-human and human-earth relationships, across all generations.

In the primary instance SEN aims towards:
➢ Awareness-building
➢ Personal and talent development processes with a self-organized nature
➢ Generating possible solutions by concrete action on self-identified community and situational needs

The Fields of Change which have our focus are on ecological, economical and social level.

The Millennial Generation
Today the Millennial Generation represents more than half of the world population of 7.5 billion
strong and is expected to represent 75% of the global workforce by 2025.  At the heart of the SEN
community, we have our young, conscious and empowered emerging leaders from the so-called
Millennial Generation within all sectors and segments of society. SEN is  connected to 4200+ young emerging leaders, change agents and whole system thinkers in more than 146+ countries, while the network is expanding organically. Furthermore SEN strives to continuously assist and facilitate personal processes to further equip youth leaders and young professionals to deliver their unique
complementary contribution in tackling global challenges and has designed and developed its end-to-end process towards sustainable outer service accordingly.

Bridging Theory and Practice
Originator and co-founder of Synergized Earth Network (SEN) Seren Dalkiran, conducted a cutting-edge scientific research on Millennial Leadership worldwide as her cross-continental doctoral research at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Utrecht University & Varna University of
Management and got various stakeholders on board. She pioneered this evidence-based work on the role of a conscious and empowered proportion of youth leaders within the Millennial Generation researching their values, worldviews and leadership perspectives. SEN is one of the unique partners who has supported this scientific research. SEN strives to bridge theory and practice to contribute to the field of research on the most pressing challenges in human dignity,  development and environmental sustainability.

Shared-value collaboration Partnerships
SEN aims to establish shared-value collaborations partnerships with multi-stakeholders companies,
organizations, and institutions based upon common grounds. These are partnerships which we form
with various organizations to (financially) support, facilitate or accommodate SEN’s operations.

Please feel free to visit or contact us at:
www.synergizedearthnetwork.org
https://www.facebook.com/synergizedearthnetwork/
www.millennialmotion.net
https://www.facebook.com/MillennialMotionLeadership/
e-mail info@synergizedearthnetwork.org

 

Champion Spotlight: United Earth – Global Solutions Day

An unprecedented global unified action — and a supporting online open source platform — to publicly identify and showcase ALL life-affirming solutions for a Global Transition

Global Solutions Day is an unprecedented global civic action to gather all solutions-oriented collectives to unveil and celebrate the countless inspiring and empowering solutions and alternative systemic models that we already have.

We are inviting all organisations, projects, communities, tribes, networks and alliances who are developing and / or promoting solutions- from all sectors of human affairs (examples in diagram below)- to co-create local events to bring our solutions into the streets and parks so that mainstream people can learn how hundreds of millions of people are creating a more beautiful world.

We had a conversation with Yan about the history, vision and mission for United Earth and the Global Solutions Day.

This worldwide educational initiative is supported by an online platform(launching early August) that will evolve into an open source global hub for gathering, sharing and openly reviewing all holistic solutions, conscious collectives, collaborative technologies and alternative systems for a global transition. The solutionsrevolution.global website will list multiple solutions directories and toolkits, economic and political game-changers, online and physical learning centres, emerging technologies and a list of supporting and unifying collectives that each represent a world of inspiration and opportunities for meaningful action. The platform will also allow people and groups to connect and coordinate at the local level.

Here’s an article written by Yan about the Global Solutions Day.  Here is the United Earth Community Facebook Group.

 

Champion Spotlight: Combatants for Peace

We are passing the torch today to Combatants for Peace, a group of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in our region in the past, and who today have decided to put down their arms and work on the basis of non-violent principles.

The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its foundation, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples.

“For me, Israel was always the evil. I only knew Israelis as soldiers with a gun – until I met these brave women and men, who share the same moral values as me. I am very proud to be part of the historical step of founding Combatants for Peace.

Combatants for Peace is a model not only for the future of our people but also towards world peace. Our joint nonviolent path can inspire peoples in conflict around the world. We carry the dream and vision of seeing beyond walls and hatred. CfP is a seed of unity, together we are going to make the dream of coexistence become true.” — Souilman Kattib, Palestinian activist

Combatants for Peace were recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and their documentary, Disturbing the Peace, has won several awards. On September 16th, in honor of World Peace Day, Combatants for Peace joined together with the פורום המשפחות השכולות Parents Circle Families Forum منتدى العائلات الثكلى for a freedom march from Beit Jalla to Al Walajeh village, a Palestinian village surrounded by the Wall which separates and subjugates Palestinians from Israel. This is one of the many activities that Combatants for Peace regularly organizes and participants in to bring peace to Palestine, Israel, and the world.

CfP also runs seven local, bi-national groups throughout Israel/Palestine (north, south, and center), including a new women’s group and a region-wide theater group, specializing in non-violent protest through the “Theater of the Oppressed.”

For over a decade Combatants for Peace have embodied and served as a model for our humanistic values of freedom, democracy,  security and dignity for all. We envision Combatants for Peace as a strong, significant, influential binational community —  a community that exemplifies viable cooperation: co-resistance to the occupation and violence, which forms the basis for future co-existence. Through joint nonviolence in the present, they lay the foundations for a nonviolent future.

Their Facebook page is here

Champion Spotlight: Compassionate Gold Coast

Australia Playing in the Global Compassion Games

Dr Lynne Reeder, Lead Facilitator – Australia: A Continent for Compassion
Terry Ayling, Lead Facilitator – Compassionate Gold Coast

To walk in partnership with, and complement the work of global Charter for Compassion, developments are currently underway in Australia to facilitate a substantial and nationally resourced movement to advance the vision of Australia becoming a Continent for Compassion.

Australia as a Continent of Compassion will act as a conduit to both recognize the work already undertaken by many existing organizations and to add to that work through specific Charter activities, including of course the Compassion Games.

An Australian Compassion Council (ACC) has been established to have oversight of the imagining and making of Australian stories of compassion; to tell those stories across the Australian Continent, and to link those stories for national and global collaboration and impact.

The ACC will guide the formation and implementation of Australia: A Continent for Compassion, which will include a national launch in 2012, a National Day of Compassion, the Australian Compassionate Action Network, and the Australian Compassionate Cities program.

The Australian Compassion Action Network will provide an opportunity for those not wanting to establish a compassionate city but would still like to formally participate in a meaningful way in the Continent for Compassion activities.

In creating a Continent of Compassion, it is important to acknowledge Australia’s past involvement with the Charter for Compassion. Indeed, in 2010, the Australian Parliament was the first parliament in the world to sign the Charter.

Dr Ursula Stephens, the then Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and others held a historic recognition ceremony of the Charter for Compassion at the Australian Parliament, which included representatives from the Government and Opposition, Indigenous community, diplomats, NGOs, religious and youth leaders.

It is pleasing therefore that Dr. Stephens has accepted a formal role as mentor to the ACC.

In 2013, Prof Diana Slade played a role in Australia becoming an integral part of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCC). This Centre is home to the AsiaPacific Hub for the Charter for Compassion. IRCHC encourages excellent research and practice and seeks to improve communication in healthcare. Already this Institute has received international support, with over 50 members from more than 10 countries around the world and it is now located at the Australian National University in Canberra.

While the National Day of Compassion and the Australian Compassion Action Network are still in the process of being developed, the Australian Compassionate Cities initiative is now well underway.
Terry Ayling, who is also the lead facilitator of Compassionate Gold Coast, is leading this compassionate cities initiative. The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia.

The public launch of Compassionate Gold Coast and a pre-launch of Australia: A Continent for Compassion will take place on Thursday 21 September 2017. In addition, these initiatives/launches will be presented to a larger audience at the University of Queensland’s Compassion Symposium on Saturday 23 September 2017.

  • The Launch of Compassionate Gold Coast will include:
    A Sunrise Gathering, honoring our indigenous, spiritual roots; sharing the aspiration and vision of both Compassionate Gold Coast and Australia – A Continent for Compassion;
  • Formal Signing of the Charter for Compassion and Affirmation of the City of Gold Coast as a Compassionate City (Mayor and Councillors);
    Sunset Gathering, in which we honor our key serving Organisations and acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to be done in our ‘uncomfortable’ Compassionate City.
  • In working towards the Public Launch and to the International Peace Weekend, we plan to participate in an intentional dovetailing our localised events with the World Peace and Global Unity Games Campaign, by providing information and inviting participation in Compassionate Gold Coast and Compassion Games and International Peace Weekend events, including through participation in, and presentations at, the:
    • Bahai Community 200th Anniversary of the birth of Baha’ullah, Interfaith Dinner
    • Hopewell Community ‘Spirituality and Worship’ group gathering
    • Queensland Police Service Multi-faith Dinner
    • RUOK? Day Events
    • Miami State High School, Miami Movement for Compassion, Compassion Short Film Festival
    • Paradise Kids, Spring Fling High Tea
    • The Australian Compassion Council’s First Meeting
    • Multi-faith Advisory + Action Group Gathering
    • University of Queensland Compassion Symposium
    • International Peace Weekend Events

As we develop these significant initiatives, Australia looks forward to supporting and engaging with the global Charter activities in making the world a more compassionate place.

For more information contact:

Follow Compassionate Gold Coast on Facebook HERE
Dr. Lynne Reeder – lynne.reeder@charterforcompassion.com.au
Terry Ayling – terry.ayling@charterforcompassion.com.au

Champion Spotlight: Network of Wellbeing

A World Of Compassion and Wellbeing For All

We recently had the good fortune to meet with Josh Malkin and Florence Scialom from the Network Of Wellbeing.  We asked them to share the history, vision, and mission of the Network Of Wellbeing (NOW).  What follows below is what they graciously sent. As you’ll see their work is vital to building healthy networks of networks that connect personal well-being with societal health and sustainable approaches to caring for the planet. NOW’s Chair of Trustees, Satish Kumar, also known as the “Peace Pilgrim”, makes clear “we cannot have personal well-being alone, isolated: instead, we need to connect with and care for each other and the earth.”  He personally revealed a profound bridge as he walked from Gandhi’s grave to John F. Kennedy’s grave in a pilgrimage for peace in the 1960’s.

We invite you to participate the NOW upcoming event “Building Wellbeing Together” taking place at Hawkwood College, in Stroud, U.K. during the World Peace Weekend September 22 through 24 (details below).

NOW are great Champions of Compassion and we look forward to playing together!

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) has a vision of a world where everyone’s well-being needs are met within the planet’s natural limits. By wellbeing, we mean happy people, healthy communities, and a sustainable planet. We believe that people’s happiness depends in part on the health of the communities in which they live and work. This, in turn, depends on the fairness of society as a whole, and the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend.

In practice, NOW is building up a collaborative network of people and organisations who share our vision, providing inspiring blogs, videos and events, plus supporting actions to improve wellbeing in community settings. As part of this work, we are running a Building Wellbeing Together Weekend from 22nd-24th September in Hawkwood College, Stroud, UK. It is so brilliant that this event is happening at the same time as the World Peace Weekend, and we plan to weave messages of peace and compassion throughout our event. There are a few tickets and bursary discount spots still available, and we’d love you to join us!

We can’t have wellbeing alone

“Wellbeing starts with the personal and the finite and extends eventually to the infinite – we cannot have wellbeing alone.” Satish Kumar

We see wellbeing as being more than personal wellness; the wider contexts in which we live, work and play are crucial in generating (or undermining) the wellbeing of all. NOW’s Chair of Trustees, Satish Kumar, makes clear that we cannot have personal wellbeing alone, isolated: instead, we need to connect with and care for each other and the earth.

Although our organisation is only a few years old, the roots of NOW go back a long way. Our Chair Satish Kumar was known as “the Peace Pilgrim” in the 1960s,  because he walked, with no money, from the grave of Ghandi in India to the grave of Kennedy. On the way he met politicians and heads of state in a number of countries – including the USSR, France and the UK – on his personal campaign for peace.

Satish has been central in establishing the leading environmental publication Resurgence Magazine and the incredible education centre Schumacher College . More recently, in 2012, he linked up with wellbeing enthusiast and philanthropist Nigel Woodward and this connection resulted in the creation of the Network of Wellbeing (NOW).

Building Wellbeing Together

NOW’s approach is to build a network of individuals and organizations committed to the understanding and practice of holistic wellbeing.

Our forthcoming event, Building Wellbeing Together, is an example of this. The weekend is a participatory conference at Hawkwood College –  beautiful Edwardian country house in Stroud, only one and a half hours from London by train. This event will explore how we can we build wellbeing together, in our own lives, in wider society and in harmony with the natural world.

The programme for this event is packed with inspiring talks, participatory workshops, mindfulness exercises and more. We will theme some of our mindful moments around compassion, to honour the work of the Compassion Games and the World Peace and Unity campaign, and we will share updates via #WellbeingTogether on Twitter, so if you’re unable to join us on person please check out updates online!

For further details on Network of Wellbeing (NOW), please:

For further details on NOW’s building Wellbeing Together Weekend:

Champion Spotlight: ABC Charity

In Stockholm, Sweden we met with Filip Cederholm and Fia Carver Agoo the creative forces behind ABC Charity.  ABC Charity is a non-profit creating photo art to raise money for different children’s charities around the world.  They describe the charity as kids helping kids by imagining and creating “Letters of Compassion” that builds bridges.

Here is an example of ABC Charity in Punta Cana with an amazing group of youth.

This is a husband and wife team who are creating Global Unity by photographing children forming letters of compassion all around the world. They take pictures and create the first ever human alphabet created by approximately 500 kids in each letter, one letter per country. The pictures are sold as limited edition photo art in the ABC Charity web-shop, and the sales go to a children’s charity of the buyers choice; giving kids in need a better start in life.

In each location of the visit, they organize @ 500 children who come together to form a letter of the alphabet. Filip takes a photograph from an aerial view. These beautiful letters are offered for sale and all the proceeds go to support local charities and support the children that live in the location.

Here’s a video of Filip showing some of the letters and explaining how it works

We passed the Compassion Torch to Filip and Fia; here is what they each shared

You can see other champions sharing their fire on the Global Fire Place for the Global Fire here.

Check out ABC Charity Event on September 21st here and get involved with them in Stockholm, Sweden celebrating Peace Day!

You can learn more about ABC Charity on their website and on their, Twitter Page, Facebook Page, and Instagram Page.

Thank you for what you do in making a difference in children’s lives around the world and creating a place for Global Unity in action.

Celebrate ABC Charity compassionate impact and favorite memories from around the world on the Global Compassion Report Map!

Points of Light Kicks Off the Compassion Relay #CompassionUnites

The Compassion Relay begins with a brilliant point of light, an intentional spark that arises out of the darkness. Each of us is a point of light. 

The Compassion Relay is a featured way to play in the Global Unity Games from 9/11 through 9/22. The Compassion Relay is made of a dream team of “Champions of Compassion” that are collaborating and celebrating the goodness and unity in the world. The theme of the Compassion Relay is #CompassionUnites

The purpose of the Global Unity Games is to create “global unity” in our lifetime. We define global unity as a world of people with different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and belief systems committed to living, learning, playing and working well together. (You can sign up to play in the Global Unity games here.)

The perfect “dream team” relay partner to start this off is Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Through affiliates in 250 cities in more than 30 countries, and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and companies, Points of Light is creating a culture of volunteerism, one that celebrates the power of service.

Points of Light are dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems through voluntary service. Check out this video amplifying the mission and vision here on you tube:

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The Compassion Relay kicks off on 9/10 with Points of Light, the largest organization dedicated to service in the world. Points of Light will be passing the Compassion Torch to 9/11 Day on the National Day of Service and Remembrance they established, 9/11.

On Saturday, September 10th, Points of Light will be at the National Mall in Washington DC. They are organizing a service fair to encourage others to get involved in community service as well as honoring veterans, first responders, and their “Frontline Families”. This service fair is part of a national commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 through service, engaging thousands in volunteer projects that address a social need in their community. 

Points of Light will start the Compassion Relay and pass the virtual Compassion Torch to David Paine, co-founder of 9/11 Day Tomorrow Together in New York City.

“We are proud to kick off the Compassion Relay,” says Malikah Berry, senior vice president for Impact Programs at Points of Light. “Through volunteer service, Americans connected with the spirit of unity that arose in the aftermath of 9/11, and the Global Unity Games offer more opportunities for people to engage nationwide in positive change.”

Four-time Olympic Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross will be with David Paine in New York City on 9/11 as well as with other members of Compassionate NYC. Together they will pass the Compassion Torch to Compassionate Silicon Valley who will accept it, engage in their community in meaningful ways, and pass it forward.

You can connect with Points of Light on Facebook (@BeAPointOfLight) and Twitter (@pointsoflight). (Find their website here and their YouTube channel here.)

The Compassion Games is a partner of Points of Light and was involved in the recent ServiceUnites conference that took place in Detroit. In June 2017 the Points of Light ServiceUnites conference will be taking place in Seattle. We hope to see you there!


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Ms. Lia Mandelbaum and a Compassionate Uprising

One of the great joys of organizing the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is meeting remarkable people who take the Games and do truly amazing things. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Lia Mandelbaum, a writer for the Jewish Journal and a resounding Champion of Compassion.

The following interview with Lia is organized into short segments highlighting some of the incredible things she was able to accomplish with the Games. (The complete interview is available at the bottom of this article.)

How Lia Got Involved with the Compassion Games and the Games in Prison [1:39]

Lia’s path first crossed with the Compassion Games when she took on the assignment of writing about them for the Jewish Journal. Her article got the attention of Shayna Lester, an interfaith minister who brought the Compassion Games into a prison in California. Shanya asked Lia to help get the word out about the remarkable outcome of hosting the Compassion Games in a women’s prison. During the 11 days of the Annual Compassion Games, 4,600 acts of compassion had been committed without the occurrence of a single act of violence. Lia went on to learn how the Games were used in the prison with a set of remarkable tactics to bring them life. For example, the head gang leaders took on the role of “Compassion Ambassadors”, making it okay for others to show compassion without it being held against them. Over those 11 days, the Games helped transform the entire culture of the prison. As Lia states in this segment: “When you treat people like human beings they can rise to the occasion, even people that you totally doubt.”

How Lia Brought the Games to Roybal High School in Pico-Union Los Angeles [0:37]

Lia went on to write her masters thesis on the impact of the Compassion Games in prison (Read: A Case Study on the Compassion Games) and brought the Compassion Games to the high school where she worked as a teacher and therapist. Lia shared the article she wrote with her supervisor, a psychiatric social worker. Her supervisor didn’t even finish reading the article before she knew she wanted to bring the Games to the high school because of their culture changing capabilities: “If this can transform a prison community, it can absolutely help our community,” she said.

Its Not Always Easy to Show Compassion [0:28]

Yet, this is not just any high school. The Edward R. Roybal High School is in the Pico Union area of Los Angeles, which has the highest concentration of gang activity in LA. They are doing remarkable things to respond to these challenges. As Lia describes in the talk: “the youth have difficult hardships” and showing compassion is risky and can be perceived as a weakness; they need to have “rough edges” just to survive and so cultivating compassion is often not an “easy, breezy thing to bring about.”

The Games Were a Student-Led Initiative [0:26]

With a new orientation toward the importance and power of compassion, they shifted into community organizing mode and the student government formed a committee committed to bringing the Games to the school. By engaging student government the initiative was student led. They appointed Compassion Ambassadors to help spread the word. They organized a Compassion Rush, a Compassion Pledge, and a Gratitude Wall where they shared acts of kindness and caring that was taking place around the campus.

Understanding and Communicating about Compassion is Challenging [0:43]

She explains that they hit a wall when it came to understanding what compassion is. They decided to bring in presenters to help make the case for compassion and have discussions in the classroom about what compassion is. They went into the classes to ask: “What does compassion mean to you? Why does it have value?  Why put effort into it?”

Students Discuss the Shame Associated with Having Family Members in Prison [0:53]

In the discussions they uncovered the difficulty students had in understanding compassion and the great deal of shame around family members being incarcerated.  In response to these challenges, they invited a civil litigator to join them and talk about the need for a more compassionate criminal justice system, and how it was possible to be incarcerated in a way that is humanizing and not dehumanizing. Lia said “I watched as he would talk about people getting incarcerated in such a humane way and the kids, their faces softened, because that’s not a message they hear all the time.”

Music: The Unexpected Doorway for Males to Share Their Feelings [1:29]

Not surprisingly, male students had a difficult time opening up to express their emotions and experiences. There is one student that she describes as having “so much feeling inside but being so afraid to show it”.  Lia discovered that when they listened to music together, this became a safe way for him to show his feelings; she explains that Johnny Cash’s music in particular “opened a door for him and gave him permission to share his deepest pain and anguish”.  So they brought in individuals from the music industry who shared the meaning of lyrics from different musical artists including Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, and others. They focused on lyrics that brought out compassion, hope, and solidarity. She reports that the males participated the most in sharing their feelings and experiences with the help of music, which led to the males “wearing their feelings on the outside.”

Traditional Enemies Working Together Was a Shock to the Students [0:45]

They brought in leaders from the Muslim and from the Jewish community to offer an intro to Islam and Judaism through the lens of compassion. She reports that kids could not believe that so called “enemies” were standing next to each other in solidarity and sharing the importance of compassion. Lia said “These kids who are around a lot of gang violence,  they could not wrap their head around a muslim and a jew standing next to each other peacefully and in solidarity, and with such kinship… it just threw the kids off.”

Educating Oneself as a Form of Self-Compassion [0:14]

In the school there is a group called the 9+. These are youth that have to repeat the ninth-grade sometimes multiple times. They brought in former 9+ students who went on to complete high school and even graduate college. The 9+ graduates advised the students that completing high school and going to college was a form of self-compassion.

Dealing with Bullying by Understanding Others as Coming from a Place of Pain [1:11]

Another speaker shared the importance of having compassion for others.  They spoke about when people come at you with anger and hostility to take a pause and understand that they are hurting and “coming from a place of pain”. To learn this, they explained, you can better cope with confrontation and bullying by not personalizing it.

Why the Compassion Games are so Meaningful to Lia [0:23]

Lia stated that “[The Games] put you in a whole other zone when compassion is at the forefront of your head and you’re trying to hold integrity to the mission and you’re really looking at your actions and your words, and, you know, it’s just powerful.” These are great examples of how a community can use the Compassion Games to ignite engagement through competitive altruism, strengthen and bring out what’s already present and working, create an engaging environment for reporting and reflecting, and using the point system as a framework for measuring and building collective capacity.

The Best Measure that the Compassion Games made a Lasting Impact [1:31]

Lia talks about challenges to bringing compassion into a difficult environment. One of the clearest signs that the Compassion Games made a huge difference at the high school was in the following year. Even though the students who organized the Games were no longer at the school, the school hosted the Compassion Games again and plan to continue in the future.  Thank you Lia for being such a Champion of Compassion!

Listen to her complete talk here:

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From 20,000 to 250,000 to 1,252,160 Meals Feeding Children Everywhere!

One million, two hundred and fifty two thousand, one hundred and sixty. Need to see that in numerical form? 1,252,160. That’s how many meals were packaged for local food shelters. How did they reach such an astonishing number?

Compassionate DFW is a project founded by Dr. Charles Barker.  In this year’s Compassion Games Dr. Barker and his team organized over 200 volunteers from over 15 houses of worship and 15 nonprofit organizations to come together in a service project they called “Feeding Children Everywhere”.  

They started out with the goal of packaging over 20,000 meals for hungry kids and adults.  Astonishingly, they packed these meals in just one day, and exceeded their goal by one hundred and sixty meals.

If the story were to stop here, their effort would still merit a jaw-dropping respect and appreciation for what they accomplished. Wildly enough, it doesn’t.

Dr. Barker got wind of the  Chick-fil-A Foundation and their effort to Feed Children Everywhere. Seven other high schools were added to the original coalition, and together they packaged an additional 250,000 meals that were distributed to local food banks.

These series of generous events became part of a national program that led to nearly 340 schools contributing to the goal of packing 1,000,000 meals that will be “Feeding Children Everywhere” across the United States. That’s right. One million meals!

Bravo to Compassionate Dallas Fort-Worth for amplifying the good they were doing and connecting it to the remarkable work of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy that is focusing on re-imagining high school leadership.

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