Stories for Scavenger Hunt: SuperBetter

Report: Final Week of Scavenger Hunt Rocks!

Officially, the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest are in their final week.

But you wouldn’t know it from the activity in the Scavenger Hunt.

New players sign up on SuperBetter everyday and this week included some spectacular Quests.

 

Quest #14: Check out Yes! magazine; find and post a link to a story that inspires you personally.

 

 

Quest #15: Learn about the Fare Start Program. Take someone out for a wonderful meal at one of Fare Start’s excellent restaurants or contribute in some other way.

 

 

Quest #16: What’s your favorite thing about Seattle? Why are you grateful for it? Tell us about it on Facebook or tweet us: @compassiongames (hashtag: #SotK12)

 Quest #17: Where’s Reggie? The Compassion Games would like to give him the Compassionate Leadership award but we need your help finding him.

Your challenge is to, first, watch this video.

Then as you move about your community, see if you can find Reggie. If you find him, be sure to let us know and tell him we’d like to honor him. If you have any other compassionate interactions during your search, be sure to tell us about them on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

 

 

Quest #18: Visit the Duwamish Long House. Find out about the first people to live in “Seattle” and what they are up to today. (M-S, 10am-5pm.)

 

 

 

 

Quest #19: Read or view some of the Stories of Compassion. Do you have a story of compassion to share, either from the Games or from before? Consider submitting your story and adding your voice to this chorus of compassion. And no matter what, tell at least 3 people about the story that spoke to you the most.

 

You can see the other weeks’ quests here, here, and here.

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Oh, and one last thing. We build compassionate community by sharing. Tell us about your adventures— what you saw, discovered, thought, felt, or did—by commenting on this blog, posting to the Facebook event page, or on Twitter.

 

Even better: tell your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbor on the street or on the bus. Let’s help each other continue to get SuperBetter.

Thanks for playing!

Report: Dozens Getting SuperBetter. Why Not You?

You! Yeah, you! What are you doing this weekend?

Why not check out the lists of Scavenger Hunt Quests (here, here, and this post), grab someone—your best friend, your significant other, your kids, or a person you’ve simply been wanting to know better—and head out into some classic Northwest weather to discover hidden compassionate “gold” scattered throughout Seattle?

 

Each day, more users sign up to play the Scavenger Hunt using SuperBetter where they set a personal goal and receive regular quests from their ally, the Compassion Games. The hunt is on and this week we had some awesome Quests:

 

Quest #10: Go on one of Seattle’s public art walking tours. Report back about your favorite thing seen on the walk (art or otherwise).

 

Quest #11 Visit Neighborhood Houses’s High Point Center and see their state-of-the-art “green” building and learn about their services. Also, consider taking a guided tour of the center or the surrounding neighborhood. (Open M-F, 9-5).

 

 

 

 

Quest #12: One of our partners is the Next Fifty. Where would you like Seattle to be in the next fifty years? What improvements or strides in compassion will we have made? Post your ideas to the Facebook event page or tweet them to @CompassionGames.

 

 

 

 

Quest #13: Visit one of Seattle’s community gardens. Show your Northwest chops and get outside regardless of a little “rain.” Give yourself bonus points if you visit one of the Seattle Market Gardens, providing food to low income neighborhoods in south and southwest Seattle. If anyone is working at the garden, say hi to him or her, and consider asking about the work being done there—both what he or she is doing in particular and in the garden in general.

 

Oh, and one last thing. We build compassionate community by sharing. Tell us about your adventures— what you saw, discovered, thought, felt, or did—by commenting on this blog, posting to the Facebook event page, or on Twitter.

 

Even better: tell your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbor on the street or on the bus. Let’s help each other continue to get SuperBetter.

 

We’ve also got more excellent adventures planned for this week so stay tuned and, if you haven’t, sign up to play the Scavenger Hunt using SuperBetter.

 

SuperBetter instructions:

  1. Create a SuperBetter account and go through all the setup steps.
  2. Once you’ve setup your SuperBetter account and Epic Win, click on “Allies” on the left hand side of the screen and send an email to superbetter@compassiongames.org asking us to be your Ally.
  3. When we send you Quests, you need to “accept” them in your SuperBetter account to have them show up as your Quests and enable you to complete them.

Whenever you’ve completed a Scavenger Hunt Quest, please click that you did it on SuperBetter. We’d also love to hear what you’re up to so it would be awesome if you post about your adventures on your Activity Wall and/or on the Facebook event page’s Wall. Thanks for playing!

 

Report: Scavenger Hunt Booming with Heroes Getting SuperBetter

In the last couple days, the number of people playing the Scavenger Hunt through SuperBetter has doubled! As we end the second week of the Compassion Games, we can see compassion extending out like a rushing stream.

 

This week we had some great Scavenger Hunt Quests.

Quest #6: Find a quote relating to compassion, community, or the Puget Sound area and share it on your activity wall, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Quest #7: Explore the Heart Map and select an organization that sparks your interest. Go to their website and learn more about what they do and what they might need. Consider whether you have anything to offer them. Tell at least 3 people about what you learned to share the good work being done in our city.

Quest #8: Visit the Northwest African American museum. The museum is free on the first and second Thursday of each month—an awesome opportunity!

Quest #9 (beginning today, October 5): Donate either food or time to a food bank. Food is life: not only does it nurture our bodies but it also feeds our souls, represents our cultures, and builds our communities. As we head into October, our thoughts often turn to the warmth, fun, and love of upcoming holidays and parties. At the same time, the season of harvest and festivities should also remind of us of the cooling temperatures and turn our thoughts to those struggling to feed themselves and their families. The Compassion Games is happy to partner with Asian Counseling and Referral Services with volunteer opportunities at their food back and volunteering or participation in their annual benefit gala (going on tomorrow, Saturday, October 5). Even better, make friends by getting a volunteer group together via the Facebook Scavenger Hunt event page.

 

 

For more info on volunteering at the food bank, click here.

For more info on the benefit gala, click here.

For info on other local food banks, click here.

 

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It’s not too late to play! For a list of previous Quests check out our first blog post on the Scavenger Hunt. Complete as many Quests as you can, in whatever order and whenever you’d like. Enlist friends. Tell us about your adventures on the Facebook Scavenger Hunt Event page.

And sign up to play using SuperBetter.

SuperBetter instructions:

  1. Create a SuperBetter account and go through all the setup steps.
  2. Once you’ve setup your SuperBetter account and Epic Win, click on “Allies” on the left hand side of the screen and send an email to superbetter@compassiongames.org asking us to be your Ally.
  3. When we send you Quests, you need to “accept” them in your SuperBetter account to have them show up as your Quests and enable you to complete them.

Whenever you’ve completed a Scavenger Hunt Quest, please click that you did it on SuperBetter. We’d also love to hear what you’re up to so it would be awesome if you post about your adventures on your Activity Wall and/or on the Facebook event page’s Wall. Thanks for playing!

Report: Scavenger Hunt Update

It’s been a week since the start of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest and that includes a whole week of interesting Quests in the Scavenger Hunt.

For your information and for posterity, here are last week’s Quests:

Quest #1. Read and sign the Charter for Compassion.

Quest #2. Sign up or resolve to attend a specific Planned Action Project or Event during the Compassion Games. Post your commitment on your SuperBetter activity wall or on the Facebook event page.

Quest #3. Visit the John T. Williams Totem Pole site at Seattle Center. For a Power-Up, find the “gum wall” at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

 

Quest #4. Check out the Gallery of Compassionate Actions. Choose one to do, do it, and post your experience on your activity wall or on Facebook.

—–For a Power-Up, meditate for 5 minutes.

Quest #5. Visit the Earth Portal exhibit in the Whidbey Geodome at the Seattle Center. Be inspired and gain compassion by learning about the universe and the earth’s unique place within it. Shows at 5pm on Thursdays through October 11 are free if you go in and say you’re with the Compassion Games Scavenger Hunt.

 

Even though the week is over, you can still do all or any of these Quests. And we’d love to hear about your adventures on the Facebook page. We’ve also got more excellent adventures planned for this week so stay tuned and, if you haven’t, sign up to play the Scavenger Hunt using SuperBetter.

 

SuperBetter instructions:

  1. Create a SuperBetter account and go through all the setup steps.
  2. Once you’ve setup your SuperBetter account and Epic Win, click on “Allies” on the left hand side of the screen and send an email to superbetter@compassiongames.org asking us to be your Ally.
  3. When we send you Quests, you need to “accept” them in your SuperBetter account to have them show up as your Quests and enable you to complete them.

Whenever you’ve completed a Scavenger Hunt Quest, please click that you did it on SuperBetter. We’d also love to hear what you’re up to so it would be awesome if you post about your adventures on your Activity Wall and/or on the Facebook event page’s Wall. Thanks for playing!

Whidbey GeoDome and the Compassion Games Scavenger Hunt

When I first walked into the Whidbey GeoDome, I thought, “What an odd rubber room.” The inflatable space requires passage through a heavy, velcro curtain and is dotted with ground-level seats. Making myself comfortable in the middle of the front row, I was soon surrounded by images projected on all sides of the dome and surround-sound narration and  audio. The effect—like an intimate planetarium—was spectacular.

 

 

The minds behind the GeoDome believe in the power of stories—big and little. Further, they use the dome to show how stories told in an immersive environment stir deep visceral and emotional reactions in the audience. The creators see the GeoDome as a “merger of art and science,” that teaches by making these two realms of human creativity and intellect—often separated in our society—collaborate with each other.  This approach enhances and deepens the learning process by making education a stimulating event, one that engages the viewer in a variety of ways.

 

 

 

 

The current story, the Earth Portal, whisks you away through the far reaches of space. In the process, viewers gain a dual understanding. First, we learn how fantastically insignificant we are in this magnificent universe—a humbling effect that gives perspective but also creates awe. Second, we also see how impressive it is that we exist at all, the unique beauty of our world. Together, these two understandings encourage a feeling of humility and connection with what we know—our Earth—and what we can barely comprehend—the universe.

 

The folks at the Whidbey GeoDome believe that the awe and humility inspired by the Earth Portal can also encourage a more compassionate engagement with the world. That’s why they’re partnering with the Compassion Games Scavenger Hunt. Today is our fifth Scavenger Hunt Quest: Visit the Whidbey GeoDome, currently housed at the Seattle Center. Even better, attend the 5pm show tonight, or the next two Thursdays at 5pm, say you’re with the Compassion Games Scavenger Hunt, and you can watch the show for free!

 

If you’d like to play the Scavenger Hunt using our other partner, the game platform SuperBetter, click on this link. Set up your SuperBetter account and Epic Win. Then click on “Allies” in the left hand bar and send an email to superbetter@compassiongames.org, asking us to be your Ally. The Compassion Games will send you regular Quests and Power-Ups to help you discover the hidden gold of compassion in our city and help us all get SuperBetter.

 

Also, please join us on the Facebook event page and tell us about your adventures. Let’s create the community online and in the real world.

Play SuperBetter and Join the Scavenger Hunt

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” — Your Compassion Games Begin!

The Games Begin!
A kind and understanding word, a generous act, the surprise of an unexpected gift, or the warmth of a smile…you’ve shared these acts of compassion as either the giver or receiver, probably many times. And while you may be facing one or many hardships, you have a dream within you that keeps you sharing acts of kindness despite signs that would have caused others to stop long ago.

And that’s why the Compassion Games were created! The Compassion Games were created for you and everyone else to win by realizing your dream for great kindness, empathy, and compassion for yourself, others, and your world. If you let it, playing the Compassion Games can make you stronger and alter what you think can be.

So, how will you live your dream for a better world? Will you Do Good and surprise someone you know with a random act of compassion? Will you Volunteer for a United Way service project? Will you Tell A Story of compassion? Or will you Get SuperBetter and complete your quests for the Epic Win and help make a Golden Reality where no one goes hungry and no one gives up?

In the end, you know deep in your heart that no one wins if someone loses. And you know deep in your heart that everything’s gonna be alright because you’re gonna make it alright.

So this is your moment to really shine! Play the Compassion Games and Go For the Gold! Together we can make this world a better, safer, kinder, and more just place to be. Let the Compassion Games begin!

Lets All Get SuperBetter!

Compassion for others starts within. But where do we start? What can we do for ourselves that will strengthen us individually and collectively to build compassion in our lives?

One way we develop strengths is by playing games. Here is a remarkable game in which we all can grow while each of us gets SuperBetter. We’ll use this game to play the Compassion Games’ Scavenger Hunt. Give it a try!

We’ll use SuperBetter to search for the buried treasure that is the heart and soul of our community. We want to find the strengths that are within our community and within each of us to make the changes that we seek to create a culture of compassion.

Playing SuperBetter will help you build up all four kinds of strength: physical, mental, emotional, and social. These strengths can help you conquer any challenge. SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science to help build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.  You can watch this video to learn more about SuperBetter.

The Adventure Begins from SuperBetter on Vimeo.

You can read this NY Times article about the game inventor, Jane McGonigal. You can watch Jane McGonigal deliver a TED Talk about the game.

Join the growing community of people playing SuperBetter as part of the Compassion Games. Let us know if you are interested in becoming “Allies” to help each of us achieve our Epic wins and co-create a culture of compassion!

Sign Up and Play Super Better

Sign Up and Play Super Better

Here is an overview of how SuperBetter works.  You can do this on a computer or a smartphone. Let us know if you need any help getting going.  Let’s develop our strength and resilience as we participate in the Compassion Games!