Stories for Coopetitions

These are news posts that pertain to the different Coopetitions that Compassion Games International organizes or supports.

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!

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 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! 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.

Additionally, the “Compassion Games Creates Climate Change” video, which was a dramatization of the Games played in a prison and high school, 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 the 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.  We recently had our first experience playing Clump and Cluster in an online Social Media Cafe where we convened to strengthen each other’s knowledge and social media skills using cooperative play.  We will play and refine Clump and Cluster in many communities.

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.

 

Robert Peloquin

In addition to Norie and Megan we met Robert Peloquin, inventor of MyStudioLive and an expert in digital advertising working with ad agencies to help measure and optimize advertising campaigns in various verticals.  This will be very helpful for the Compassion Games to build relationships with brands. In addition, the MyStudioLive application can become a platform for players to embrace and use to participate in the Compassion Games.  We will be working with Robert to develop this resource and build relationships with potential sponsors.

Clump and Cluster

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’re able to enhance communications by linking teams that are like-minded and facing similar challenges. Other leagues follow this pattern of clustering together teams that are related to common areas such as youth and schools, faith and interfaith communities, businesses, 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 playing in the Games to turn their Good Words into Good Deeds as they strengthen 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 encourage you to play Compassion Games everyday, the next Global, Annual and Seasonal Coopetition is the Sring Earth Week Compassion Games. 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: Reconciliation Canada

We are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to Reconciliation Canada including thousands of allies from around the world preparing to walk together in Vancouver, Canada on September 24th for peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and a better world. Thank you for leading the way on how to walk together at this time. The land on which they will be gathering is the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. We will be amplifying this message “Namwayut” meaning “we are all one” during the Walk For Reconciliation on Sunday, September 24th 9:30 AM PST as part of the featured events to participate and support on the last day of The Global Unity Compassion Games.

Reconciliation Canada, an Indigenous-led organization, began in September 2012 with a bold vision to promote reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes the relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in order to build vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities. A vision based on a dream of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, to witness tens of thousands of people of every culture and faith walking together for a shared tomorrow.

“Our future and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Through the development of meaningful partnerships and community outreach programs, Reconciliation Canada hosted a series of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops across the province and three major events during Reconciliation Week in September 2013, including the Walk for Reconciliation engaging 70,000 people in Downtown Vancouver. We plan on supporting the goal to expand this number two fold on Sunday, September 24th. Game on! See the great power of what happened in 2013 below.

Walk for Reconciliation – Vancouver 2013 from Reconciliation Canada on Vimeo.

Here are some of the milestones to celebrate and appreciate about this Champion of Compassion organization:

  • The City of Vancouver unanimously passed a motion to proclaim a Year of Reconciliation from June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014.
  • 70,000 people braved the pouring rain in Downtown Vancouver to join the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013.
  • The B.C. School Trustees Association passed a motion on residential schools as a required high school course in April 2014.
  • The City of Vancouver unanimously passed a motion to support a City of Reconciliation Framework on October 28, 2014.
  • The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations hosted a Brushing Off Ceremony for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor and Council to prepare them for their new term on December 16, 2014.
  • Co-hosted events in Ottawa, ON, and Vancouver, BC, to coincide with the closing of the TRC in May 2015 including a 10,000 person Walk for Reconciliation in from Gatineau to Ottawa.
  • Conducted more than 40 Dialogue Workshops in communities across Canada, including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Whitehorse.
  • Several cities have declared their commitment to reconciliation, including Calgary, Campbell River, Cranbrook, Edmonton, Port Alberni, and Toronto.


Check out the multiple ways you can honor in action your support in The 2017 Walk For Reconciliation. You can join a team in the walk, support a walker, donate to the event, and volunteer. Another great way to honor Reconciliation Canada is to reach out to your local community and get involved in where bridges are being made or need to be made. As part of Reconciliation Canada Team, share your reflections and inspired reconciliation action with the global family and teams from all over the world on the Compassion Report Map.

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Champion Spotlight: Films For The Planet

The Compassion Torch is being passed to Films For The Planet as Champions of Compassion Film Club elevating bridges for peace, and our precious planet! Films For The Planet is contributing many inspiring films as a gift to the masses in global unity to inspire collective social justice.

Films for the Planet is a streaming online platform featuring the best in environmental and social action films on Earth. You are invited to join the PEACE RISING Streaming Film Series, September 9-24. This series is one of the featured ways to play The Global Unity Compassion Games happening also September 9th – September 24th. See Cynthia La Grou Founder of Films For The Planet and also ROOTED in PEACE Film Director, Greg Reitman speak with us about Films For Planet below when we went live to millions on UNIFY’s FB Page.


Films for the Planet selected six beautifully-produced, award-winning documentaries to be featured on Films for the Planet exclusively for 16 days during the World Peace & Global Unity campaign. Headlining the series, the documentary ROOTED in PEACE will be streamed for FREE as a Global  Film Stream LIVE on September 21 9 AM PST,The International Day of Peace – offering a unique opportunity to experience this award-winning film on the day of its theatrical release in over 80 U.S.cities. What an amazing opportunity for so many people and places bridging Rooted in Peace together at the same time. This will be featured as one of the hours of the Global 24 Hours of Compassion. Attendees can access the program on the Members Circle anytime after September 9 and will be emailed timely reminders of the film viewings, in addition, to value added learning resources and take action opportunities for those wishing to explore topics further and sign up here to access these incredible film events.Planetary, One Day on Earth, A Quest for Meaning, A Voice4Peace, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. Ignite a film conversation in your community as a way to participate in The Global Unity Games!

 

The other films that will be offered include Planetary, One Day on Earth, A Quest for Meaning, A Voice4Peace, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. A great way to celebrate this Champion of Compassion is Ignite a film conversation in your community as a way to participate in The Global Unity Games and sign up on HERE for access to this Global Virtual Theatre. Share how these films are impacting your life, community at this time on the Compassion Report Map.

We also suggest following Films For Planet FB Page, on Twitter, and Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Spotlight: Parliament of the Worlds Religions

We are thrilled to pass the torch to The Parliament of World’s Religions. Thank you for sharing the promise of inclusion and the power of love with the world. Thank you for being a shining light on how to build bridges for peace, prosperity, and the planet. Larry Greene, the Executive Director shared a message of hope sharing a call to play The Global Unity Games. See his inspiring message in this video below.


The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. In 2018 The Parliament will be held in Toronto, Canada a globally known interfaith, inclusive, and compassionate city November 1st through November 7th. Toronto will be hosting the 7th Parliament of World’s Religions. 

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.” This video shares the soul of 2017 Parliament plans in Toronto.

The Compassion Games Leadership team are thrilled to attend the 2018 Toronto Parliament after attending and partnering at the magnificent 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City. See “Pass The Torch” in action below from the 2015 Parliament. You can see the whole article here as we share many highlights and reflections of the Parliament. 

 

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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