2018-19 Strategic Plan
December 31, 2017
Given one wish and $100,000, Karen Armstrong, a respected scholar was awarded the TED prize for her groundbreaking work, February 2008. With that funding and the support of the TED organization, to grant one wish, Armstrong chose to focus on compassion. The following year, the Charter for Compassion was born. It grew from contributions of more than 150,000 people from 180 countries, and was crafted into a succinct, 312-word pledge, by a panel of leading religious scholars.
The Charter for Compassion will be celebrating the birth ad accomplishments of the movement of Compassionate Cities and Communities and the work of 2000 Charter partners throughout 2018-19. The objective of this paper, the Charter’s 2018-19 strategic plan is to begin to document the specific goals, events and projects of the Charter for Compassion starting in January 2018.. The first strategic plan for the Charter was written in 2015 and included goals and objectives to be carried through 2017. While the majority of the events and projects listed here are in progress, there are some like the Golden Rule Project, that is a long range process in which the Charter has been engaged in since 2016.
Goals presented here may be added to, combined or eliminated as discussion continues with the Charter Board, lead volunteers and our strategic partners.
- Engage the Global Compassion Council in events and projects in this document.
- Increase global Compassionate Initiatives to 750 by the end of 2019.
- Work with Compassionate Cities to promote collaboration with designated or freely chosen twin/sister cities.
- Collect 1,000,000 signatures for the Charter for Compassion using the efforts of our members, partners and compassionate cities.
- Organize a campaign board who will commit to establishing a three-prong fundraising campaign: operational funding, special events and endowment.
- Create a comprehensive social media plan and marketing plan that will support the selected themes and significantly increase exposure of the Charter and expand membership.
- Name Compassion Ambassadors who will promote the Charter globally through community organizations, educational institutions and religious congregations, and begin expanding our cities/communities work to include first nation, aboriginal and native communities and organizations.
- Maintain communication, and when required facilitation, with existing International City Hubs (Australia, Canada, Botswana, Indonesia, Mexico and Pakistan) and USA cities.
- Work to continue to build a Middle East Hub and geographically expand the Mexican Hub.
- Work closely with Think Equal to strengthen our collaboration, offer their free education services to preschools in our existing compassionate cities and build on their work, especially in Europe, India, Mexico and Sri Lanka to strengthen our presence in those countries.
- Work with Center for Compassionate Cities (C3) to support their initiatives and find ways of cooperation.
- Make decisions about how regularly scheduled events in which the Charter participates will be executed in the next two years, including: World Harmony Week, Earth Week, Festival of Faiths, Parliament of World Religions, United Religions Initiatives and with the Compassion Games.
- Determine the overall themes for the 10th Year (2019) celebration of the Charter for Compassion.
- Create a working format and design (consider how regularly scheduled events, webinars, courses, and global reads fit into the big picture) for all Charter sectors contribute to the chosen year-long themes.
- Publish a Compassion Anthology in 2019.
- Sponsor with our members, Charter Salons, to enhance our fundraising outreach.