Inclusive, Collaborative Planning

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  •  Achieve gender equality, social inclusion, and human rights for all.
  • Empower inclusive, productive, and resilient cities.
  • Transform governance and technologies for sustainable development.

“The World We Want 2015” Priorities

  • An honest and responsive government
  • Equality between men and women
  • Political freedoms
  • Freedom from discrimination and persecution

Does our community’s government:

  • Engage in a range of collaborative planning? 
  • Take time to ask: whom do we need at the table for collaborative planning?
  • View inclusive planning efforts as integral to its success?
  • Seek to extend and solidify partnerships and alliances with all community groups—business, ethnic, faith, peace, education, youth, healthcare, and others?
  • Make an effort to include groups that will be affected by a decision?
  • Recognize and remove barriers that may prevent people/groups from participating?

Programs and Services

Has our community:

  • Developed programs and services that reflect the diversity of needs (in age, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, education and economic background) of the community?
  • Invited leaders from the various community sectors (business, faith, youth, peace, neighborhoods, government, law enforcement, healthcare, etc.) to participate in developing programs?
  • Funded programs, activities, services, and spaces for all constituents?
  • Invited leaders from various community groups in determining funding allocations?

Compassion and Well-Being

  • How is compassion understood and experienced in local government?
  • Are local government leaders able and willing to identify the major issues that relate to a lack of compassion?
  • Does the local government make use of social well-being measures such as Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) and Gross National Happiness (GNH)?
  • Does the local government make use of conflict resolution methodologies such as those for Restorative Justice and Non-Violent Communication and Compassionate Listening?
  • Does the local government include an independent Ethics Board to encourage fair and right actions for the good of the entire community?
  • How is compassion defined, understood and experienced in local government? Is compassion viewed as an action to bring about a positive change?

About Us

  • charter brand transp blue mediumCharter for Compassion provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.


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  • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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