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Report: Scavenger Hunt Booming with Heroes Getting SuperBetter

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

 

This week we had some great Scavenger Hunt Quests.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

For more info on the benefit gala, click here.

For info on other local food banks, click here.

 

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

And sign up to play using SuperBetter.

SuperBetter instructions:

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

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

Report: Scavenger Hunt Update

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

SuperBetter instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Representatives of the Compassion Games Address the Seattle City Council and Council Members Help Spread the Word

On September 10, 2012, representatives of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest briefed the Seattle city council on the goals and plans for the Compassion Games. The Council members committed to engage and help spread the word to their constituents. For example, council member Nick Licata posted about the Compassion Games and the briefing on his official blog.

Jon Ramer with Compassionate Seattle network is the Head Gamemaker (for all you Hunger Games fans) of the Compassion Games. He was joined at the council meeting by Louis Mendoza of the volunteer center of United Way of King County and Andrea Brenneke, a civil rights and employment lawyer and board member of Compassionate Seattle and the Compassionate Action Network International. Together, these three representatives displayed their passion and enthusiasm for creating greater compassion in the city of Seattle and, importantly, helping Seattleites discover where compassion already flourishes. You can see the briefing here; the Compassion Games portion begins just after minute 43:00.

 

The Games, of course, begin on September 21, 2012, the International Day of Peace, the United Way Day of Caring, and the Autumnal Equinox—as Ramer noted in his remarks—to October 21, 2012, the conclusion of Seattle’s “The Next 50” event and the end of their month focused on civic engagement. During the briefing, council member Licata stated, “I think that it’s very appropriate that this is starting here in Seattle given that I think we’re the #1 game-maker in the US if not the world.” Similarly, Brenneke signaled her and Seattle’s readiness to take up the city of Louisville’s challenge to best them in compassion through the inaugural Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. As Ramer declares at the end of the briefing, “Let’s all get SuperBetter!”

Lets All Get SuperBetter!

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

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

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

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

The Adventure Begins from SuperBetter on Vimeo.

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

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

Sign Up and Play Super Better

Sign Up and Play Super Better

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