Stories for Coopetitions

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

The World Could Sure Use a Good Laugh!

How Much Fun Can We Have?

Imagine a self-replicating campaign that sparks laughter, lifts up the world and moves people to donate to a network of nonprofits doing amazing work all over the world.

Can a good laugh lead to supporting groups working to heal the world?

Donate at www.roflchallenge.org or Text to 50155 ROFL

Marilyn Levin of the We Go High Project had this brilliant idea…. Let’s Spark Laughter to Uplift the World! 

We Invited Marilyn to share her idea on the Peace Wave Summit we hosted in July. We loved her and her vision!

Could we together spark a “fun-raiser” to help heal a troubled world?  We had to play… Joy is Sommer’s given middle name!!

Well… we had to make our video.  It is confronting!  How do you get yourself laughing?  How do you not look like a fool in the process?

Well… it was Sunday night and we just finished a 16-day Compassion Games coopetition focused on building global unity and creating Peace on Earth by 2030. When the Games are on it is insane!

I thought about that Apple ad, “The Crazy Ones“.  I wanted Sommer to see it.  I thought to myself:

“Not only are we committed to creating Peace on Earth by 2030 we just committed to getting the world laughing and donating to 50 nonprofits to uplift the world.  We had to qualify to be the crazy ones!”

We promised to make a short video of us rolling on the floor laughing.  So… I grab my phone and turned the video on. I started recording Sommer and explaining what was happening.

She had the Compassion Torch in her hand. She thought it would look good if it was behind me thinking that I was recording a close up of me.

I then told her that I was, in fact, recording her… and that’s where we just lost it…. or found it!

I then realized it was important for her to tell us how to text our donation… but we were laughing so hard that we just couldn’t get it out!  

Anyway… we hope it makes you laugh …. and give to uplift the world!

 

Here are the starting beneficiaries:

 

The #ROFLChallenge

Donate at www.roflchallenge.org

Text 50155 ROFL to Donate

How much fun can we have?  Game on!

Peace, Love, and Music in a World Online

Global digital citizens of all ages are going online to send love and support to a team of players of the social change game Peace on Earth by 2030. The game includes harnessing the power of music to uplift our spirits, bridge cultures, and lead social change by gathering in public, in song, and with signs, in our local communities, including one of the most challenging places on Earth.

A team in the 2018 September Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is from the Marefat High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since July, Compassion Games International has been collaborating on our most ambitious social change game ever – Peace On Earth by 2030.  The Compassion Games was introduced to Aziz Royesh, founder of the Marefat School and one of the leading educators on the planet by David Gershon of the Empowerment Institute. David also introduced us to Matt Turner, co-founder and CEO of Serve Community with the mission of “uniting and empowering the youth of the world to reinvent the planet.”

Peace on Earth by 2030: 7 Actions to Create Peace on Earth

We are collaborating to design and play a new In Real Life (IRL) social change game. Here is the Game Map for Peace on Earth by 2030:

We started with 7 Actions to Create Peace on Earth inspired by the 1986 First Earth Run, a worldwide event and celebration that brought people together to demonstrate “the impossible being made possible.”  On regular video zoom calls, we co-design the game and coach the students and staff in Kabul. We started with the action “Befriend the Other” that requires empowering oneself to go outside your “comfort zone” and to reach out to someone who you may think is different and ask them to be your friend.  The students went out on their own and reported back on different approaches to being upfront, discovering similarities, and the power and simplicity of asking someone to be your friend.

We then explored how they could, as a team, reach out to befriend others. We shared a recent music video We Shall Overcome – Love Will Rise Again by Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahoud. The music is uplifting and the video shows people in the streets handing out hearts, holding signs, and singing an updated rendition of We Shall Overcome. Inspired by the music video the students are planning to go onto the streets of Kabul to create “Peace Waves” in which they sing and hand out hearts bringing the message of peace, love, and compassion to the people on the streets of Kabul. They translated the words of the song and signs into Farsi and reinterpreted the music to appeal to the Afghani culture.  They will make “Peace Waves” on the streets of Kabul, record it, and then share this experience online.

Current Reality: “The Agony of a Generation”

This is no small task. During the course of the months of design sessions, we would often be interrupted by attacks happening nearby. This last year in Afghanistan has seen a record number of civilian casualties.  As we were planning to do this we asked the students about their motivating visions and why this was important to them. This first answer comes from Sahar who shares why she is willing to risk her life to demonstrate that they can do something as challenging as this. The second student, Sina talks about when is it important for there to be peace and justice.

Befriending the Planet: World Peace Broadcast

The Compassion Games and Unify created a World Peace Broadcast to coincide with September 21, the UN International Day of Peace. We invited the Marefat students to join the broadcast to share their plans for creating Peace Waves on the streets of Kabul.  We shared with them that there are others around the world who want to send their love and support for what they are doing.

A Letter Writing Campaign and Secret Agent Missions

Inspired by the Marefat High School students members of Santa Barbara’s Serve Community and local nonprofits, Hustlers for Humanity and The Lost Art ofLove Letters, started a letter writing campaign in support of the students at Marefat High.

Inspired by the letter-writing campaign the Compassion Games Secret Agents Of Compassion dedicated two daily missions to the campaign and reports started to appear on the Compassion Report Map. To make sure that the letters and messages got into the hands of the students we came up with an online way to share them with the students in Kabul and the rest of the world.

Online Collection of Love Letters

We created an online page to access all the letters and supporting materials.  This includes letters that were photos that were sent as postcards. Love letters that were sent as emails.  Letters that were posted as reports to the Compassion Games Report Map. Love videos that were sent. 

Here are a few remarkable examples of supportive love letters connecting us. The first two examples are Report Map Love Reports and then Nimo and friends send a Love Video.  

Rowdy Teenagers Who are Rooting for You!

“Dear Marefat High School Students, We stopped goofing around today to actually listen to our group leader read about the project that you are doing for your school and community. You see we are kids who are the same age as you but are in a very different kind of environment…we live in a locked psychiatric group home. We are used to being “the other” and not fitting in our in the “real world”. We are used to being ignored, bullied, left behind, abused, and generally treated poorly by much much of society.  Rarely does anyone seek us out to befriend us. A lot of times the only people who are compassionate towards us are our mental health workers because they see the good inside of us, hiding underneath our rage and sadness. We are grateful for people like them and also for people like you. People who don’t give up on others when they seem different than the mainstream. All people need compassion and though we aren’t very skilled yet at showing it, we are learning and trying. And when we see kids like you doing it, it gives us hope that we will develop stronger skills of compassion in the future.  

We made this card for you to encourage you in your project. When you get down, remember that across the Atlantic Ocean there is a group of rowdy teenagers who are rooting for you. And in those moments, “paint yourself with our love.” Sincerely, Kids who care.”

Australia, Kabul, Rhode Island, and a Wise Five Year Old

Ben Bowler from Unity Earth lives in Melbourne. In this Facebook photo, he shares the World Peace Broadcast with his children. They are watching the students from Marefat High School learn about the letter writing campaign and about a report from Liam, a 5-year-old in Rhode Island who sent a love letter to the students in Kabul.  Here’s is the report and wisdom from five-year-old Liam:

Dear kids in Kabul, My name is Liam and I’m a boy and I’m 5. I might be scared of you because I’m a little kid and you’re big kids…even bigger than my big sister! But I know you are good kids with lots of love in your hearts because my mom told me you are making friends with people who are different than you which I know is hard sometimes. I think that’s good because all people need friends and love. I’m proud of you for doing brave good things with the love in your hearts. You are going to change the world. I am too because I have love in my heart to give to lots of people. My love card for you is two colors and I taped the paper together. You guys are the blue side and I’m the yellow side and now we can be friends. And I’m giving you some of my smiles to remind you that I love you in case you get sad or scared. You Rock! and I love you. Liam

Nimo and Friends Send a Love Video

Nimo and friends record a love video to acknowledge and encourage the students at Marefat.   

Then… the Marefat Students Reply to the Love Letters…

The students at the Marafet are now replying to the people that sent the letters. They’re finding them on Facebook and becoming friends. Sina sent a reply to Matt and is now a member of the Hustlers for Humanity private Facebook group in Santa Barbara.

Other players and teams have started Peace Waves for example in Nigeria. 

 

…Stay Tuned and Get Involved…

As the Marefat students prepare to create Peace Waves on the streets in Kabul we invite you to stay tuned as well as send a letter of support to the students at loveletters@compassiongames.org

We welcome other musicians and organizations that wish to lend their name and support and to share in the mission and vision of the social change game Peace on Earth by 2030. Be a Patron and support the Peace on Earth by 2030.

Hope Rises in Kabul: Peace on Earth by 2030

Since 2012, Compassion Games supports teams from all over the world to foster creativity to develop empathy into action. We are inspired to see the next generation, the “Seventh Generation,” rising and leading the way.  Recent examples include Standing Rock Runners and their Run for Water that catalyzed the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, March for Our Lives, one of the most massive protests in American history.  

We have an emerging story to share and an invitation for you to participate with one of the most remarkable teams to play in the Compassion Games. The story is about this team’s commitment to creating Peace on Earth by 2030. The team is from Marefat High School in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Social Change Game: Peace on Earth by 2030

This story is also about the power of courageous action and the inspiration of music to bring about social change. As part of designing the social change game Peace on Earth by 2030, these students started practicing “Befriend the Other.” The activity “Befriend the Other” requires empowering oneself to go outside your comfort zone and to reach out to someone who may think differently and ask them to be your friend. It is one of Seven Actions to Create Peace on Earth that is shaping the design of Peace on Earth by 2030.

The act “Befriend the Other” began by focusing on one person befriending another individual. It is evolving to be a team of people befriending other groups of people. It is expanding and including the power of music to inspire social change and to move people to join together and go out on the streets and directly engage with their local community.

We shared with the students the Empty Hands music video “We Shall Overcome: Love will Rise Again.” Watch the students and their teacher Aziz Royesh see the music video and commit to participating in bringing the message of peace and love to the streets of Kabul. Their plan became to support the International Day of Peace (September 21st) and to have the students organize and coordinate four subteams to create “Peace Waves” on the streets of Kabul. They have composed an original song in Farsi inspired by the Empty Hands music video.  There are professional video recorders who will accompany the teams to record their experiences. We will then feature the team, and video during the World Peace Broadcast, taking place on Saturday, September 22nd during the closing weekend of the 2018 September Compassion Games. We have been preparing and moving along. Here is a playlist of video highlights from our planning sessions.

Then…The New Attacks

Since we began preparations there have been attacks nearby in Kabul; on Thursday we received this email from Aziz:

We are all concerned about the safety of the students. Aziz has a deep insight into the challenges and threats of ethnicity in politics.  He sees this as an intergenerational challenge of “new politics with old traditions.” Aziz says that violence is the tool of the Taliban and that “song, and anthem, and love is ours.”  You can appreciate their commitment to “education, respect, love, and mercy…” and his wish for everyone to “act and live humanely.” They are determined to bring their message of hope, peace and love to the streets of Kabul.

Peace Wave Summit: Let’s Make Waves!

The story about the Marefat High School team is spreading. A California non-profit, Hustlers for Humanity in Santa Barbara has partnered with the Lost Art of Love Letters to support others in creating letters of love and support for the students in Kabul. Since we shared this story four other teams have also committed to sending Love Letters to Marefat High School. We invite you to create these Love Letters and record them as photos or videos that we can digitally share with the students and the rest of the world.  You can post your Love Letter to the Compassion Report Map or send your letter as an email to loveletters@compassiongames.org 

On September 22 Compassion Games is hosting a Peace Wave Summit on the World Peace Broadcast during World Peace Weekend. We are planning to feature Marefat High School and cover this story on the broadcast as it unfolds. We will deliver the Love Letters to the students during the broadcast.

Will you write a Love Letter to the students at the Marefat High School in Kabul?

Then tune into the live broadcast and share the live stream on social media to create a Global Peace Wave reaching millions of people.  The broadcast is part of the campaign in partnership with Unify and these other partners:

World Peace Campaign Partners

This story is playing out in real-time and we will be covering these developments as they unfold. To gain a greater understanding, we offer some additional background.

How Did We Get Here

In February of 2018 in Lalibela, Ethiopia, the Peace Flame, from David Gershon and the Empowerment Institute, and the Compassion Games: Global Compassion Torch converged to create a Global Fire of One Love that has lit our way forward and we have worked closely ever since.

David has been training Aziz Royesh in his empowerment methodology as part of the Imagine Program for the past few years. Aziz is considered one of the most remarkable educators in the world. He instills hope and aspiration in Afghan youths who are struggling with poverty, life in refugee camps and the legacies of war. In order to help build a new nation, he saw a need to rebuild the Afghan education system with a focus on civic education and female empowerment.  The NY Times bestseller The Last Thousand: One Schools Promise in a Nation at War documents his extraordinary accomplishments.

David also introduced us to the founders of Serve Community based in Santa Barbara with their mission to empower millennials who want to change the world.  

Together with the Compassion Games, we are collaborating to create Peace on Earth by 2030 guided by the 7 Actions to Create Peace on Earth as defined by David.  As part of our design process, we introduced the music of Champions of Compassion Nimo Patel and Daniel Namoud of Empty Hands Music. We were moved by their recent video We Shall Overcome – Love Will Rise Again.  We informed Nimo that we shared the video and how inspired Aziz and the students were. Nimo and Daniel and their team have joined the project and Nimo has offered to visit Kabul sometime in the future. Here is a map of the players and the seven actions connected with Peace on Earth by 2030:

David Gershon – First Earth Run and Seven Actions to Create Peace on Eath

Stories of someone overcoming life’s challenges and demonstrating that the impossible is possible can be inspiring and very meaningful, especially at this time. With that in mind, we are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to a Champion of Compassion whose story is particularly relevant to the Compassion Games, the Compassion Torch, and what took place at the U Day Festival in Ethiopia.

In 1986 David Gershon, Gail Traub, and their team initiated the First Earth Run and carried the Torch of Peace around the world. It’s seemed like an impossible journey, something unimaginable but then it came to be. The Torch of Peace was lit in Ethiopia in February 2018 with the Compassion Torch, and Lamp of Unity to converge into the Fire Of One Love at U Day Festival. Here is a video of the story of the first ever Earth Run with the Torch of Peace in 1986 that traveled around the world.

First Earth Run: A Catalyst for Hope from Gail Straub & David Gershon on Vimeo.

Here’s a short description from their website:

David conceived and organized at the height of the cold war, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, one of the planet’s first global consciousness-raising initiatives—the First Earth Run. As part of this event a torch of peace was passed around the world engaging 25 million people and 45 heads of state in 62 countries. A billion people via the media witnessed it circumnavigating the globe. As part of its journey, the Torch of Peace shed light on acts of cooperation for the common good and raised millions of dollars for children suffering the ravages of war.

Over the course of thirteen books and development of training programs for the Empowerment Institute, David is a Champion of Compassion and an excellent source of wisdom and experience in making a large-scale system change.  Here is more about David:   

David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on empowerment and large-system transformation. His clients include cities, organizations, government agencies, and social entrepreneurs. He is the author of thirteen books, including the award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World  and co-directs Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change which empowers change agents to design and implement transformative social innovations.

This is clearly a transition story for our times.  What can we learn from the First Earth Run to unite the planet to Light Up the World and create Peace on Earth?  We recently met with David and passed him the Compassion Torch in a Wopida Ceremony; here is what he had to say as part of the Global Fire of Compassion:

These challenging times call for a leap forward in how we realize the social changes that we need to make individually and collectively. Fortunately, David wrote the book Social Change 2.0. and recognizes the power of play to create social impact. We have begun to collaborate on the Seven Actions to Create Peace on Earth as a Compassion Game. Each of the Seven Actions can be worked on independently and concurrently, and alone or with a team. 

Seven Year Time Frame (2018 – 2025) for Creating Peace on Earth

We are planning to reinforce and build our collective capacity over a seven-year time frame. In this first year, 2018, our goal is to coalesce a critical mass of “DreamKeepers” who believe it is possible to create Peace on Earth.  We will experiment with a new tool to synergize and act together; it is called Unifyre.  Let’s Unify with Unifyre!  Undoubtedly, we will learn a ton in the process.  Follow the link and commit to Be a Dreamkeeper and agree to invite others to join with you. When you invite others, let the crowd know that you did this by reporting back to the Unifyre. When you check in with Unifyre about your action commitment, the Compassion Report Map is connected as a featured way to play April Compassion Games. Reports will be due April 30th. 

In 2018 we are going to focus on reaching a critical mass of people who believe that creating Peace on Earth is possible.  Unifyre offers a simple way to commit personally and then invite others to join with you.  Let’s try it and see what happens!  If you have questions or need help contact us at chetan@unifyre.co

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Spotlight Champion: Kristin Hoffmann

Where shall we begin to talk about this starlight warrior of peace and truth? She lives and breaths healing for our Earth. Her song with the magic of her unique voice is like a guiding light out of the darkness. We are delighted to light the Compassion Torch for Kristin Hoffmann. She is a Champion of Compassion pulsing heart-centered inspiration and soul action ripples around the world. Here is a profound example of her embodied spiritual compassion as we passed her the Compassion Torch in Shashamane, Ethiopia at U Day Festival: Land Of Origin 2018.

“I am grateful for this unlimited infinite source of love, of divine love, this compassion that is rippling out into the world starting from this very point.” — Kristin Hoffmann

See her fire for this world that is part of an ongoing Compassion Game, Global Fire of Compassion and One Love.

Starting at the age of 4, ethereal renaissance songstress and Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist, Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career in music. In addition to stints at major record labels, Capitol and Interscope Records, and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Richie Havens and many other musical luminaries.

With a strong sense of artistic altruism, she is most passionate about projects that explore music’s healing power and allow listeners to tap into their higher potentials. Kristin composed 170 songs for health-challenged children as a writer/producer at non-profit organization Songs of Love. A spokesperson for ocean conservation, she has performed her Song for the Ocean at environmental awareness conventions and concerts around the world, including TEDxSF, Bioneers, Hermanus Whale Festival (South Africa) and with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Over the past 2 years, she has continued to expand her worldly voice, guest blogging for many well-respected magazines, from Elephant Journal to The Ecologist, and performing at The Conscious Life Expo (LA), the signing of The Fuji Declaration (Mt. Fuji) and The Emoto Peace Project concert in Tokyo. In 2014, Kristin was invited to become the youngest member on the board of FIONS (Friends of Institute of Noetic Sciences). In early 2016, she was voted onto the board of Gandhi Global Center for Peace and was also a new inductee into the acclaimed group of luminaries of the world called Evolutionary Leaders.

Compassion Games began to build relations with Kristin Hoffmann in February as new members of Unity Earth’s U Day Festival in Ethiopia during World Interfaith Harmony Week. Kristin is instrumental in the creation, planning, and musical magic of the Festival. We had the precious opportunity to converge in the sacred holy land of Lalibela, Ethiopia in a ceremony bringing the Torch of Peace, The Light of Unity, the Compassion Games Global Compassion Torch together to co-create the Fire of One Love. Kristin Hoffmann held the torch of Peace and sang us to new heights of higher love under an unforgettable super full moon. Here is a sneak peak of the power of U Day Festival with Kristin and 65 other diverse delegates from around the world in this brief video made by Unity Earth Team.

After the U Day Festival, we organically began collaboration with Kristin Hoffmann to light up the world and inspire action through her voice with “Song For The Ocean.”

“My goal for the “Song for the Ocean” project is to get a minimum of 1 million people to join me in singing this song.  As we sing, let’s hold the vision of a healthy planet, and make a commitment to the Earth and all it’s creatures, to be a part of positive change in whatever ways we can.” -Kristin Hoffmann

You can access the song’s lyrics in English, French and Japanese on her website here to support singing in your teams, families, community events, schools, homes, and clubs around the world as a featured way to play April Compassion Games.  We featured Kristin Hoffmann on our monthly Global Social Media Cafe and she blew our minds and hearts with thousands of people from around the world together honoring World Water Day with her song. See the moment captured here in this video and sing along if you wish.

As a way to celebrate Kristin Hoffmann as a featured Champion of Compassion, we invite you to share singing her song around the world on the Compassion Report Map. Thank you for all you do to make a more compassionate world Kristin. We LOVE YOU!

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Spotlight Champion: Wendi Gilbert with Kindness Evolution Collective

We are passing the Compassion Torch to a key leader of Kindness in the world today. Wendi Gilbert is a Champion of Compassion with an incredible active vision unfolding this week called the Kindness Evolution Collective in Half Moon Bay, California. Wendi has been researching the kindness space for the past five years. Based on the wealth of data she’s amassed, in addition to key relationships within a nationwide network, she’s organized, Wendi is positioned to power our nation’s kindness Evolution.  She brings 30+ years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors and has the passion for a big vision, grounded in a practical plan for making a massive positive impact in our nation, and ultimately the world. She was recently chosen to be one of ten speakers for the People’s Stage, where she spoke about our national kindness landscape and the mission of this weeks Kindness Evolution Collective

“My life mission is to “Rally, Connect and Unite People for Good.” It is my honor and privilege to lead and launch our Nation’s KindnessEvolution and fulfill my life mission, as well as assist in amplifying the goodness that already exists and inspiring more of it.”  -Wendi Gilbert

See in this two-minute video Wendi’s amazing inspiration and global vision of this weeks event that our Compassion Games Leadership Team will be attending as part of the Closing Ceremony of April Compassion Games.

What we will be doing at the KindnessCollective:

  • Connecting with other leaders in the kindness community to collaborate, network and share resources.
  • Collaborating with our youth attendees to gain new insights about our future leaders.
  • Acquiring new leadership and problem-solving tools from our outstanding facilitation company and obtain a portfolio of shared ideas.
  • Developing some shared visions for the future; fresh insights and inspiration; meaningful connections.
  • Celebrating the work we do in the world!

The Inaugural CampKindness Day in July 2018 is another incredible event and gift to the world of kindness possibility for youth. The Kindness Evolution is collaborating with American Camp Association. The American Camp Association (ACA)  is a national community of camp professionals that reaches 11 Million Youth. ACA promotes powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living and has over 11,000 members  (YMCA, Boys Club, Girl Scouts) and over 100K college-age counselors.  ACA holds conferences for camp professionals to collaborate for the creation of camp experiences that develop children into independent, happy kids!  

KindnessEvolution is now collaborating with ACA to create CampKindness Day, a day each summer where camps across the nation will focus on activities and programs for the encouragement of intentional kindness and care. Check out what went on in Atlantic City as we began the development of the activities that will launch on CampKindness Day: July 24th, 2018! 

As a way to light up gratitude for Wendi Gilbert and her kindness vision for the world lets share experiences of kindness in action around the world April 14th through April 30th on the Compassion Report Map. 

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Spotlight Champion: His Holiness The Dalai Lama

What an amazing day it is to celebrate the most influential human being on the planet, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is committed to promoting basic human values, to fostering inter-religious harmony, advocating for the welfare of the Tibetan people and reviving ancient Indian knowledge.

Many people believe he is the reincarnation of Buddha and the Bodhisattva of Compassion. His Holiness The Dalai Lama is a leader of environmental compassion and globally known advocate for peace on earth. He is the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism and retired Political Leader of Tibet in Exile. His Holiness leads with his influence, caring for our Earth and inviting all peoples to take action to stop Global Warming. Acknowledging his advanced years, the Dalai Lama appealed to younger generations to “take a more active role in protecting this planet, including the Tibetan plateau.”

Thousands of prayer flags drape a mountain above the Yambulakhang Palace, Tibet. The five colors of the prayer flags represent the five elements: blue for sky, white for wind, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth. Which is the home of Tibetan People who have been displaced and in exile since the 1950’s.

Temperatures for Tibet’s high-altitude plateau — referred to as the Roof of the World — are rising about three times faster than the global average, and are 1.3C higher than they were 50 years ago. The Himalayas are also called the Third Pole, referring to the fact that they are covered in snow and ice and are particularly susceptible to climate change, like the North and South poles. The government-in-exile also argued that Tibetans should be restored as the “true stewards” of the plateau, which has been under Chinese rule for decades and where Tibetans accuse Beijing of mining indiscriminately while forcing nomadic communities to move elsewhere. Up to 70% of the plateau is covered in permafrost, with large reserves of both carbon dioxide and methane trapped within the ice. Scientists say thawing could release long-stored emissions of both greenhouse gases. Methane can be 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping Earth’s heat.

“This is not a question of one nation or two nations. This is a question of humanity. Our world is our home,” the Dalai Lama said. “There’s no other planet where we may move or shift.”

See and listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s full message from COP 21 in Paris, France about environmental solutions.

We have just gotten back from a private audience with HHDL on April 6th where we had the great honor and privilege to be with a major inspiration and catalyst to why Compassion Games exists. Jon Ramer & Sommer Joy, Compassion Games Founder, and Creative Fundraiser Director were personally asked to be part of a 12 person delegation to invite His Holiness back to Seattle, Washington in 2019. We miraculously fundraised to go to India in a week and were off to India to be with The Dalia Lama. Here are some of the incredible moments with him.

April 6th, 2018 is an unforgettable day for Compassion Games international, sharing the fruits of compassion in action in the world with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

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Spotlight Champion: Norie Huddle with The Best Game On Earth

Compassion Games is thrilled to bring light to an extraordinary global leader of truth and compassion in action. We celebrate and pass the Compassion Torch to Norie Huddle, a profound challenger on the planet who has pioneered for five decades how we can care for our Earth better. Norie has recently contributed the newest Featured Way To Play Compassion Games through  The Best Game On Earth. She recently spoke about her ideas and work for transforming human civilization in a TEDx Talk that will be available on YouTube for the world to see after April 27th. We are so excited to also have her on our Compassion Games Leadership Team.

“Consider that each of us has gifts which we want to contribute and that we can do together what none of us can do alone. That by cooperating, we can multiply the wealth and be more fruitful in our efforts. By cooperating we can be far better stewards of our lovely Earth.” Norie Huddle from The Best Game On Earth

Norie has written seven books on environmental issues and on transforming humanity that have been published and translated into several major languages. Four of her books have been bestsellers (one a NYTimes bestseller). A fifth book, Butterfly, is the “First Special Project in The Best Game On Earth,” and has become a popular global meme that describes humanity’s ongoing transformation process. Her most recent book, Return To The Garden, lays out many of her ideas in the form of a novel and is available on Amazon Kindle

Much of Norie’s work is focused on helping people create a peaceful, healthy global civilization. She has been a professional interviewer and public speaker in several languages for almost five decades. She does coaching and mentoring, workshop design and facilitation, and consulting with governments, cooperations, and NGO’s. 

Norie has an eclectic, international background. She was an American Field Service Exchange Student in Italy for a year, majored in Russian language at Brown University, spent two years in Colombia, South America, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and lived in Japan for four years where she worked with Japanese colleagues to address their environmental crisis where she worked on environmental issues, interviewed hundreds of Japanese experts and citizens for her first book, Island of Dreams: Environmental Crisis in Japan, that analyzed the crisis using a holistic systems methodology she learned in the Peace Corps. 

Returning to the US in 1975, Norie organized Project America 1976, involving a dozen Americans and Japanese who bicycled 5,000 miles in a zigzag route across the US. During the trip, she interviewed Americans about their hopes, fears, and visions for the future and wrote Travels With Hope, a book that became a bestseller in Japan.

Norie was the first person hired by Mobilization for Survival to launch the American antinuclear movement in the US (1977-78). That experience helped her see the limits of “anti” movements and the urgent need for a new kind of “positive, vision-oriented movement.” To facilitate this, in 1979, Norie founded the Center for New National Security (CNNS), to look for new directions in national and global security, broadly defined. In 1980 she launched what is now a 38-year experiment in electronic democracy that she calls “The Best Game on Earth,” which she has introduced on four continents with great success.

Norie’s 1990 book, Butterfly, has given birth to a global meme of transformation now used widely by people like Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many other spiritual leaders around the world.

Under the aegis of CNNS, Norie spent four years interviewing over 400 people about national security issues and wrote her NY Times bestseller, Surviving: The Best Game on Earth. She also participated in numerous citizen diplomacy trips to the USSR during the 1980s, including two US-USSR Citizen Summit Conferences where she introduced “The Best Game on Earth” in 1988. She played a pivotal role in introducing Xerox machines into the USSR in 1989.

Norie speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese, good Italian and Russian, some German, French and a little Chinese. She has built a powerful network of influential colleagues around the world and serves on the General Assembly of the Union of International Associations (UIA), a prestigious Brussels-based organization with global database of over 67,000 NGOs, some with millions of members, all working to strengthen civil society in every sector. 

Since 2007, Huddle and her husband, Richard Wheeler, have been living part-time in Ecuador, where they are building the Garden of Paradise, an innovative model of rural development on 350 acres, that is the “Second Special Project in The Best Game on Earth.” To date, this includes a healing and retreat center and sustainable organic agriculture and other initiatives. In 2011, Norie and Richard won the world’s first lawsuit defending the Rights of Nature, a breakthrough legal right guaranteed by Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution that legal scholars consider to be on a par with ending slavery as a legitimate institution and giving suffrage to minorities and women.

 

As a way to celebrate all Norie Huddle has done building compassion and leading solutions to transform humanity into a butterfly with Mother Earth, we invite you to join Norie in the 2018 April Compassion Games by participating in this new featured way to play called, The Best Game On Earth

“Today we urgently need to create CONSCIOUSLY a new and inspiring “life game” that recognizes that most human beings are indeed nice when the “life game” is designed to nurture our good qualities, our wholeness, and aliveness, in every way possible.” Norie Huddle

As a new featured way to play in the 2018 April Compassion Games, we invite you to play The Best Game on Earth, which aims to provide a simple but powerful framework for transforming humanity into a compassionate, caring civilization – what Norie calls a “global butterfly civilization” – that lives in harmony with Mother Earth.

Here is a sneak peek into the basics of how to play The Best Game on Earth.

The core of The Game is very simple:

  • the Playing Field is the Earth,
  • we are the Players,
  • we’re playing to reach The Game’s Goal by 2030,
  • following 10 simple rules or guidelines for play.

To get started, read the Goal and imagine how amazing life on Earth will be when we’ve achieved it by 2030.

Take your time and really feel what life will be like when we win The Game by accomplishing this great Goal:

THE GOAL: Peace, health, prosperity, and justice universally on Earth by the Year 2030.

Next, read each of the 10 Rules and imagine living in a world where more and more of us are playing by these rules and where all of us Players are working to build the new social systems that will support our winning The Game by 2030:

10 GAME RULES:

  • Speak the truth.
  • Acknowledge the truth when others speak it.
  • Come from love, respect, and gratitude.
  • Leave the trail better than you found it.
  • Expect miracles.
  • Do what gives you joy and create joy in what you do.
  • Be generous with who you are and what you have.
  • Be a good friend and teammate.
  • Clean up your messes, learn the lessons and move on.
  • If you have an idea for how to improve The Game, share it.

For more details about this new ongoing Featured Way To Play the Compassion Games, check out the landing page of The Best Game On Earth that goes into more details. Share your experiences and reflections until April 30th with teams and individuals around the world on the Compassion Report Map.

“Everyone can play. Together we can win.” —Norie Huddle

Here are ways to stay informed and build a relationship with Norie:

The Garden Of Paradise Website

The Best Game On Earth Website

GAME ON!!

 

 

 

Spotlight Champion: #Decarbonize BlueYouth

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

Here is the 2018 theme #Decarbonize #Decolonize for Blue Youth around the world with big plans leading up to COP24. You can join thousands of youth from across the planet. See all the places youth are becoming leaders through these Champions of Compassion on the map below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

See how these incredible champions of compassion made a huge difference in the Compassion Relay with the Global Compassion Torch being in their hands leading up to in November 2016 with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and The Green Sheikh.

You can take action today with Decarbonize Blue Youth by entering in your Climate Change art to be part of United Nations COP24. See all 224 submissions and add yours as well HERE! Share your action as part of April Compassion Games on the Compassion Report Map! Continue to celebrate this amazing group of youth from all over the world by following the latest action below!

Check out the website HERE

 

 

Spotlight Champion: Green World Campaign

The Green World Campaign: Founded and Nurtured by Marc Barasch

The Green World Campaign works to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor, and combat global climate change.  Green World is planting trees to regenerate the soil. he GWC has bold agenda: Catalyze a global movement to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor, and combat climate change. Its far-reaching aim—to plant hundreds of millions of trees while lifting millions of people out of poverty—can only be achieved by all of us working together. See Founder of the Green World Campaign and Author of Compassionate Life, Marc Barasch shines a light on solutions for Climate Change from the most recent Parliament of Worlds Religion.

They link environmental activities in the developed world and support green self-sufficiency in developing countries. Green World Campaign invites companies and organizations to affiliate with the GWC, to shrink their carbon footprint while restoring the ecology and economy of the world’s poorest places. They also form alliances with schools, churches, corporations, and other institutions to develop “sister villages” that encourage communication that village’s children.

Help people plant their future–and ours.
Plant Trees Now!
http://greenworld.org/plant-trees

Join this Champion of Compassion in May at this Regenerative Revolution May 1 – May 4th. This May 1-4, in San Francisco’s fabled Mission District, Green World Campaign will join in the first-ever ReGen conference–a gathering to foster a new regenerative culture for the mutual thriving of people and planet. This action-focused event will convene leading-edge players in a growing movement “beyond sustainability.” Hundreds of diverse participants from philanthropy, business, government and citizen activism will come together to establish a network–and a society–that serves all of Life.

We will learn how to create regenerative system change in food and agriculture, innovative finance, urban design, and much more. We’ll discover powerful tools, concepts, and connections to help transform our organizations, our communities, and our world. Other event partners include Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Dr. Bronner’s, Social Venture Network, Green America, Kiss the Ground, The Carbon Underground, and many others working toward a positive future and a world that works for all.

Celebrate Green World Campaign with us today by taking action to help plant trees HERE and share your participation on the Compassion Report Map playing April Compassion Games with teams around the world together. See all the great places to stay informed about Green World Campaign below!

Green World Campaign Website 

Join Green World Campaign on Facebook

Follow Green World Campaign on Twitter