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The Charter for Compassion has hundreds of compassionate initiatives. We use the word initiatives because it implies that there is work starting on taking on projects that need attention. For example, it could be a group in San Pedro, Mexico, who are helping to fix up homes and make them safer and more liveable. It could be a group in Pune, India that is helping farmers learn new organic farming methods, or another team in St. Augustine, FL, the USA that is taking on the creation of a compassion walk through a park with local artists.
There is also a reason we use the word communities. It is an all-encompassing word that implies a group of people living together in the same place. We have compassionate initiatives that are small villages, towns, and neighborhoods. There are even mega-cities that are initiatives as well as countries like Australia and Botswana. In the U.S. and Canada, there are regions and townships that are working together to consider how they can spread compassion.
In this chapter of Grassroots Wisdom, we are sharing the good news of what some of our compassionate initiatives are doing or projects they have accomplished. Just like all stories being shared in this book, they are yours for taking, adapting, recreating, and putting your own twist on them. Some of them are enormous projects that can take years and others to accomplish and others are timely and require fast action. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter where in the world the project has occurred with some creativity and local fortitude it can be replicated in your own area.
Finally, there are community projects in other chapters that can also make their way into your local communities. Grassroots Wisdom is a book that intends on growing so come back often for ideas.