Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Chairperson of Compassion Games International, invites you to play in the Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play It Forward! Bring together your youth with Indigenous communities and all intergenerational allies during this momentous time to protect and restore Mother Earth!
The Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play it Forward are a 12-day global challenge to inspire, develop, and celebrate our shared humanity through acts of generosity and compassion. The Giving Games begins on November 29th – a day known as #GivingTuesday – and go through December 10th, Human Rights Day. While Human Rights Day is being recognized, the Games will end with a global “Wopila”, an Oceti Sakowin Thanksgiving Ceremony.
The Giving Games are being played globally between youth, educators, and intergenerational allies to foster safe and fulfilling places of learning, helping the next generation develop into happy, compassionate, creative, and resilient members of our world!
The Giving Games are a way to explore new ways to be generous with others, ourselves, and the Earth. Let’s play the Compassion Games with generosity and celebrate giving!
Extensive research in the field of positive psychology is reaffirming the reality that human beings have a remarkable capacity and desire to be compassionate and generous, and that these attributes are vital components to living a healthy and fulfilling life. Giving promotes strong social connections – known as prosocial behavior – that leads people to view others more positively, fostering a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in a community. And kindness is contagious, studies show, providing an elevated “warm-glow experience” (or a “helper’s high”) that ignites a virtuous circle of giving that boosts the health of a community as a whole!
Like anything, these qualities must be experienced and practiced for them to develop to their full potential. In the audio clip below, learn how educator Rahbin Shine planted seeds with the Compassion Games that grew into a cultural transformation on her campus. The Giving Games are a fun and meaningful way for youth and schools to experience compassion firsthand by putting generosity into play!
There are many ways that individuals and teams can play, from organizing creative service projects to performing acts of kindness. All players will receive a Secret Agent of Compassion mission to use each day of the Giving Games, offering tangible ideas and inspiration for activities as a way to participate in the Games. Players then report on their activities on the Compassion Report Map. The reports of Registered Teams are reflected on the Giving Games Coopetition Scoreboard, displaying the number of volunteers, number of hours served, number of people served, and the monies raised for local or global causes.
Report and Reflect
After your compassionate actions, report on your activities and outcomes on the Compassion Report Map, capturing the number of volunteers, hours served, monies raised, and people served!
You are warmly invited to choose from the following “Featured Ways to Play” to bring the spirit of the Giving Games to your actions and community! (Note: Participation in the Featured Ways to Play are not required to participate in the Giving Games.)
This year the Giving Games will signify profound cross-cultural meaning. On December 10th, Human Rights Day, the Games will culminate in a global “Wopida,” which is an Octei Sakowin Thanksgiving Ceremony. This Wopida will be led by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Chief Phil, and Faith Spotted Eagle, and brings together Indigenous communities, youth, interfaith leaders, and intergenerational allies to honor the blessings of life, light the spirit of giving, and support water protectors at Sacred Sites such as Standing Rock in North Dakota and around the world.
All members of the human family are welcome to join us on this significant occasion!
A “Compassion Relay” figuratively and literally represents the passing of the virtual “Compassion Torch” from one participating “Relay Team”to another over a series of days. The path is known as the “Compassion Relay Route”. Compassion Relays highlight “Champions of Compassion”defined as exceptional community leaders, individuals, groups or organizations, that inspire their audience and service populations into compassionate action through the spirit of community service. By participating in the Compassion Relay we are building and strengthening our capacity to blend together, to dynamically harmonize our intentions, movements, and actions.
Contact Jon Ramer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in getting involved in the Giving Games Relay!
Support the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline! The Water Protectors in North Dakota need supplies and support for winter. You can donate supplies from their supplies list, contribute financially, and even go to support the camps in person. Learn more about these opportunities here.
#FacesOfCompassion is a Twitter campaign to spread the word about compassion and introduce people to the Charter and compassion movement. The campaign starts on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.
Add your selfie and message to the mosaic above by Tweeting @zumyn_mosaics with the hashtag #FacesOfCompassion and zumyn.com will donate $1 to the Charter in your name!
The Charter hopes to collect 10,000 images of people who know compassion is a luminous, dynamic force for change and create a beautiful online mosaic—a digital picture that is created from all these individual faces of compassion!
As a non-profit, the Compassion Games will always be free to play, but it is the contributions from folks like you that help us offer the Games to countless Agents of Compassion around the world. Though 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.