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A Case for Compassion: What Happens When We Prioritize People and the Planet

By Sara Schairer

Global Read

A Case for Compassion

by Sara Schairer

Date: Tuesday June 18, at 9:00 AM PDT


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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US.
We will offer this program free to those whose resources are limited.



“This clear-eyed vision for a more compassionate world will inspire you to take action in your own community.”

~ Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of The Willpower Instinct.


What would happen if the systems within our society focused on care and healing instead of growth and profit?

In A Case for Compassion: What Happens When We Prioritize People and the Planet, Sara Schairer—a leader in the compassion field—examines five of our most influential systems: education, health care, corrections, law enforcement, and the workplace. Using personal narratives, research, thought-leader interviews, and examples of compassionate institutions, Schairer shows us that compassion can solve many of our society’s most pressing problems.

You’ll read inspiring stories about examples of compassion, including:

* A neurosurgeon who bucks the system in order to take as much time as necessary with each patient.

* A correctional system with a goal of creating good neighbors.

* A police chief who encourages self-compassion, compassion, and mindfulness among his officers.

* A bakery that bakes brownies in order to hire people, not the other way around.

In times of despair, Sara Schairer’s A Case for Compassion offers a compass pointing toward hope and, most importantly, maps out the route to get there.


About the Author Sara Schairer

Sara Schairer is the founder and executive director of Compassion It®, a nonprofit organization and global social movement whose mission is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes. 

A senior facilitator of the Compassion Cultivation Training® (CCT) course developed at Stanford University, Sara has spent over 10 years leading trainings globally for audiences of all walks of life, from Big Tech leaders to incarcerated individuals. 

Sara teaches the course The Practice and Science of Mindfulness and Compassion at San Diego State University, where she is an adjunct faculty member. She also facilitates compassion courses at UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness.  

Sara is the author of A Case for Compassion: What Happens When We Prioritize People and the Planet and contributing author to the book The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking and Peace in Education.

Sara gives talks and leads experiential workshops on compassionate systems, self-compassion, listening, burnout prevention, and mindfulness. She also created the one-of-a-kind reversible Compassion It wristband that prompts compassionate actions on six continents, 50+ countries and all 50 states.

Visit Ms. Schairer's Website.  Visit Ms. Schairer's LinkedIn


About the Facilitator Babalwa Ngcongolo

Babalwa Ngcongolo is a diversity, equity and transformation consultant, a social justice educator, activist and facilitator. Her work focuses on engaging young people on the challenges and opportunities for creating new and future focused solutions for social cohesion, peace and justice.

Ngcongolo has experience working with schools, universities, the civil and private sector to develop and implement strategic processes for dialogue, collaboration and community building on a global, local and institutional level.

Ngcongolo has coordinated youth leadership programs, developed diversity curricula and facilitated diversity-focused interventions for national and international audiences. Her work aims to instill an intersectional context so as to unearth the interconnectedness of the world's most pressing issues, and the systemic solutions that may emanate from this nuanced lens.

Ngcongolo has been trained and has experience in Design Thinking, Interfaith Collaboration, Peace-building and Inclusive Leadership methodologies. These influence her role in facilitating dialogue that is empathetic, yet challenging of norms that are rooted in discrimination and injustice.

Ngcongolo aspires to codify equity, justice and kindness in to the simplest and most complex interactions across all communities.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa.

Visit Ms. Ngcongolo's LinkedIn profile


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