Stories for Unity Games

These are news posts that pertain to the annual global unity games that take place in September.

Celebrate the Unbelievable Final Results of the 2016 Global Unity Games

Dear Agents of Compassion,

It’s easy to believe that we are living in a time of a “great divide”. It is also true that we live in a time of “global connections”. kl-stargirl02i-fish0814There are over one billion people active on Facebook alone. Can we use this unprecedented connectivity to heal the divides between us and build bridges to Global Unity?

We set out to play the Global Unity Compassion Games to explore and discover what’s needed to create Global Unity and here’s what we found out.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-1-17-38-pm

The Global Unity Games were played from September 11th, a US National Day of Service, through September 21st, the International Day of Peace. The Peace Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-32-21-pm

This year was the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and in partnership with 9/11 Day and many others we launched a five year campaign called “Tomorrow Together”. The objective of the campaign is to bring young people together to learn about each other and do good deeds in a global expression of hope for a better tomorrow.


We don’t imagine a global kumbaya hug, although that would be great. We define “global unity” as a world of people with CG16- Step4 - fish2016different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and belief systems committed to living, learning, working, and playing well together.

The Compassion Games are one way to respect our differences and collaborate to create value for others.  The outcomes of the Games demonstrate mutual respect and support, a commitment to listen to people past individual differences, a commitment to learning and helping others learn, and to collaborate on fulfilling a larger purpose that adds value to people’s lives.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-1-22-23-pm

The results can be communicated in numbers and in reports and stories. Here are the numbers: 30,838 Individual Players, and 265 Teams in 40 Countries played in the Games and submitted 452 reports. We are confident that many more played and didn’t report, even though you can report anonymously.

The results below are based on what only was reported on the Compassion Report Map


(As well as 23,401,995 People Indirectly Served!)

To understand these numbers we published these scoring guidelines and definitions.

To appreciate the results of the Games we filled a Prezi “presentation canvas” that details who participated, what they did, and the impact and outcomes of what they accomplished.

To get a quick, high-level overview of the canvas we put together a short video you can view here!


(We published the entire presentation so you can drill down and see for yourself, at your own pace, what Global Unity looks like. View it here!)

We have also shared a number of selected Reports in a Facebook Album on our FB page. You can access the album here!

We are so grateful to everyone who played in the Games and made this possible. This includes our Sponsors at Service For Peace, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Seattle Chocolates, World Trade Center Seattle, Theo Chocolate, CCARE, Compassionate Action Network, and the thousands of Agents of Compassion who demonstrated by their acts of kindness and compassion that “Love Wins” and that “Another World is Possible”.



We hosted a live onine celebration of the Global Unity Games that took place on Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 AM PDT. We will record the Zoom call for those that can’t make it. Here are a few highlights from Teams that participated:


Compassionate UAE Video


Dr. Lesa Walker Highlight Video


Charter for Compassion Video


Sara Gough, Play for Peace Video


Imroz Shaw, Play for Peace Video

The call also launched the Giving Games – Youth and Schools Playing it Forward taking place from November 29 through December 9. You can learn more and sign up to play here.


As you know, the Compassion Games is a non-profit initiative, and although we are not motivated to make a profit, it still costs us to organize and produce the Compassion Games. Please make a donation to support the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.

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Thank you!  Game on!


United Nations International Day of Peace

peaceday-logo-1The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. It was decided that Sept. 21st would be a day of “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”  In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.

last-daytorchSeptember 21 was the last stop on the Compassion Relay Route for the 2016 Global Unity Compassion Games.  The Compassion Torch was passed from the United Religions Initiative to Compassionate Louisville who then passed it to United Nations for the International Day of Peace. 
un_sdg_logoThe Sustainable Development Goals is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

facebook-logo-png-2-0Since so many of us express our ideals and connect to one another on Facebook, it makes sense that the social network would do something special to mark the occasion.  In a statement, Facebook urged: “Peace begins with love. If each and every one of us comes together and gives love and positivity, we can help create a little more peace in the world.”

The world’s largest social network is turning its attention to the International Day of Peace. Facebook just unveiled a new feature for the occasion, which first started 35 years ago. When you use the “Love” reaction on Facebook Wednesday, the heart will come to life, displaying a message of thanks for showing love on the social network.


United Religion’s Initiative Compassion Relay

The United Religions Initiative (URI) is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiuri-relayously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.

This mission is carried out through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of more than 600 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.

On September 19th the United Religions Initiative accepted the Compassion Torch from the Parliament of World Religions.  They then passed the Torch to Compassionate Louisville, a model Compassionate City four years in a row. Having the Parliament and the United Religions Initiative pass the Compassion Torch was such a great example of Global Unity in action.  Thank you to Molly Horan and Isabelle Ortega for working together to make this happen. You can watch the Torch passing in the following video of a Zoom call in which the Compassion Torch was passed.

You can find out more about the United Religions Initiative here: website, Facebook, Twitter

Parliament of the Worlds Religions

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. This video offers a history of the Parliament and invited people to come to the Parliment of the World’s Religions that took place in 2015 is Salt Lake City.

You can learn more about the Parliament of World Religions here: WebsiteFacebookTwitter



Dalai Lama Fellows and Phil Lane Jr

Dalai Lama Fellows, a global program personally authorized by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, envisions and works towards the world that tends to the good of the whole as well as of the individual. We do this by building a global network of young social innovators working at the intersections of peace, justice, and ecology. We then guide them to deepen their effectiveness by merging social innovation with contemplative values, ethics, and compassion.


We hosted a Tele-summit that brought the Dalai Lama Fellows together with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations and is an internationally recognized leader14231762_10153733035277791_3616201049765329417_o in human, community, and economic development.

PeaceJam and One Billion Acts of Peace

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is “to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.” To date, 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias,Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Leymah Gbowee, serve as members of the PeaceJam Foundation.

On September 15, 2006, 10 of the Nobel Laureates launched the PeaceJam Foundation’s Global Call to Action with the youth of the world as a part of PeaceJam’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. In May 2014, the PeaceJam Foundation launched the ‘One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign’, a global citizen’s campaign designed to tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.

In January 2015, the campaign and organizers Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff were honored with seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations. The PeaceJam Foundation has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Chade-Meng Tan is the Co-chair of the One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign. In the following video, Meng describes his Onebarack_obama Billion Acts of Peace title as “Prince Charming”.

Meng was Google employee number 107 and his job title was Jolly Good Fellow. At Google, although he worked for eight years in Engineering on projects such as mobile search and leading search quality, he earned his eccentric Google title after starting “mindfulness training” courses at the company – also known by its scientific name, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Motivated by his belief that happiness is a state-of-mind, these mindfulness training courses were meant to help Googlers find inner peace and clear their minds to manage stress and negativity. The classes proved extremely successful at Google which led Meng to write a best-selling book called “Search Inside Yourself.” These successes (outside of his engineering role) led him to work for two years as the Head of Personal Growth and to pursue full-time a non-profit called “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute” (SIYLY, pronounced “silly”), to brings the same popular Google class to others.

You can learn more and get involved at the following links:



Gratitude Revealed Moving Art

Today we recognize the remarkable work of Louie Schwartzberg and his collaboration with Oprah Winfrey, Gratitude Revealed.  The Compassion Torch moves from the Greater Good Science Center to Gratitude Revealed.

During the Global Unity Games, each daily mission includes one of the building blocks associated with revealing gratitude. Acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude was a viral sensation, reaching tens of millions of viewers who shared and responded with their own stories of increased gratitude. The results were happier, healthier and more productive lives.

They’re now taking the next step in this journey. Gratitude Revealed is an unprecedented journey into the science, mystery, and pursuit of the building blocks of gratitude. Increasing gratitude is a proven pathway back from the disconnection we feel in our lives; disconnection from ourselves, our planet, and each other.  For each building block, there is additional information on the science behind it provided by the Greater Good Science Center from the UC Berkeley.

Check out more about Louis Schwartzberg here and Gratitude Revealed here.

UC Berkeley and the Greater Good Science Center

The Compassion Torch moves from Stanford CCARE to UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). GGSC research center is devoted to the scientific understanding of individual happiness, compassion, strong social bonding, and altruistic behavior. The center was started in 2001 and serves to conduct research, and to translate and disseminate research for the general public.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.  The center aims to promote well-being in society as a whole.


The GGSC is a partner with Louie Schwartzberg and Oprah Winfrey and the Gratitude Revealed initiative. Here is a video on the topic of Gratitude by Nipun Mehta recorded at the GGSC.

Learn more about the Greater Good Science Center here.

Compasion Relay, Day 3: The Power of Kindness and Science of Compassion

Today the Compassion Torch is passed from Compassionate Silicon Valley to Dr. James Doty at the Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).  Dr Doty is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education a part of the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences.  He has also written “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” a New York Times bestseller now translated into many languages.

The mission of CCARE is “promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior.” This is where cutting edge research and education on the science of compassion is getting done and being offered to the public through programs such as the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT).

The Compassion Cultivation Training is an 8-week educational program designed to help improve one’s resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being.  CCARE also organizes and hosts conferences on the Science of Compassion, Compassion and Business, Compassion and Technology, Compassion and Health.

In addition to the Research and Education, CCARE reaches out to the public, offering lectures and talks on compassion by authors, scientists, filmmakers, service leaders, corporate and public officials.  Their lectures, events and conferences are available on the web for the general public. You can see all the CCARE events here 

CCARE was founded and directed by Dr. James Doty. Dr. Emma Seppala is the Science Director, along with an Executive Committee, Patron Committee, and Advisory Board.



Can Santa Clara County be the First Compassionate County?

Compassionate Silicon Valley (CSV) is one of over 350 communities around the world that have embarked on a compassionate city or compassionate community campaign.  These campaigns usually begin with affirming the Charter for Compassion and then lead to playing in “coopetitions” organized by the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. The purpose of these campaigns and Compassion Games is to boost and ignite a communities ability to create healthy, vibrant, thriving places of opportunity and compassion. These campaigns help create the will and the way for making the changes that are essential to a community’s development.

There are other cities that have taken this on and are anchor cities in the Compassion Games movement. In North America:

  • Compassionate Louisville has been designated a model city of compassion by the Charter for Compassion for four years in a row.
  • Compassionate Seattle was the first city to affirm the Charter for Compassion (2010) and launch a ten year campaign. 
  • Compassionate Austin has recently affirmed the Charter for Compassion and committed to play in the Compassion Games.
  • Compassionate NYC has launched in support of the Global Unity Games: Tomorrow Together and helped pack 500,000 meals. 

A city is an excellent unit of change. Mayors and public officials set priorities and a budget and can embrace “compassion as effective public policy”. Mayor Greg Fischer from Louisville Kentucky proposed such a resolution to the US conference of mayors that was unanimously adopted.  Mayor Fischer also challenged Seattle to see who’s the most compassionate city in the world and this led to the birth of the Compassion Games.

Compassionate Silicon Valley (CSV)

As part of the 2016 Global Unity Games CSV formed a multi-stakeholder alliance to act as the organizing committee. The organizing committee includes representatives of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Stanford University CCARE, Gaiafield Project, Compassionate California, and Compassion Games International staff and volunteers. CSV produced a launch event to convene the organizers. James Kirby, part of the CCARE team produced a video of the launch event.

CSV Receives the Compassion Torch

On Monday, September 12, CSV received the virtual Compassion Torch from 911 Day co-founder David Paine in New York City supporting a service project to pack over 500,000 meals.  Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross was in NYC on 9/11 to interview David representing the 9/11 Day Relay Team virtually passing the Compassion Torch torch to Compassionate Silicon Valley.  You can watch the Facebook Live broadcast from Pier 36 in New York City.

One of the CSV kick-off events from the 45th Annual Mountain View Art and Wine Festival.  Agents of Compassion were at the festival playing Pass the Torch.  Here are some photos from the game:
Compassionate Silicon Valley

Stand for Compassion

cgi-sanjose-proclamation-2016In the 2016 CSV introduced “Stand for Compassion” as a way to play in the Global Unity Compassion Games. The idea is to have people petition their elected officials to get involved in a local compassionate cities campaign and the global compassionate cities movement.

CSV is taking the idea of a Compassionate City one step further and are looking to become the first Compassionate County by having all 15 cities in Santa Clara County affirm the Charter for Compassion and start compassionate cities campaigns. Perhaps this county-wide approach can become a coopetition between the counties. Cities are already connected through Compassionate California and this friendly-competition can strengthen engagement.

Compassion Games Day 2016

By proclamation from San Jose, Milpitas, and the county the September 11 through September 21 became known as “compassioncgi-scc-proclamation-2016 days”. 10 the time of the compassion games citizens are encouraged to engage in community service and random acts of kindness.  

Call to Action

If you live in Santa Clara County you can sign the online petition here.

To find out more about CSV or starting a compassionate cities program in your city or community

To sign up to play in the Global Unity Compassion Games and each day during the coopetition receive a mission to act and report upon as an agent of compassion.