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The new way that we will organize our world is by co-creating with each other in shared passion and higher purpose. Actions emerging from heart energy will gradually, and bottom-up, replace the selfish and fear based energies which often infuse our current political and commercial hierarchies. To help us to navigate into this new world, fueled by a love for all, the sectors offer a structure to find our like-minded others. It allows us to fulfill our mission of achieving transformational, grassroots impact by “Connecting those who care.” The Charter for Compassion works within a structure of twelve sectors. These sectors represent the ways in which communities work, and ways that caring people can connect with each other and learn from each other to pursue their higher mission in life.
To achieve grassroots impact, the main roles of the sectors are:
- To support connections, locally and globally, e.g., through the Map of Co-creators, local compassion connectors, and the sectors’ activities and contact people presented on our website.
- To offer a “library” of knowledge in the Grassroots Wisdom Book.
- To proactively facilitate networking and sharing of knowledge, e.g., through webinars (e.g., like EdNet), newsletters, social media, conferences, etc.
The Sectors facilitate an ecosystem of initiatives, connections, and knowledge exchanges - supporting people in joyfully working together, pursuing their higher life missions. The Sector’s section on our website will be an increasingly useful tool to present people, teams, initiatives, tools, etc.
Each Sector has a Global Council which aims to support all caring people, volunteers, and staff in pursuing the Roles of the Sector, helping everybody to navigate in this fluid and complex ecosystem. The Global Sector Council should have 5-8 members, including a Board member, who:
- See the work in the Sector as a wonderful opportunity to pursue their own life purpose.
- Can co-create with others, e.g., with a deep interest in understanding others’ perspectives to seek synergies with their own.
- Have a personal network of people who can potentially join Sector co-creation initiatives.
- Have skills to contribute to making the Sector’s ecosystem work for joyful co-creations.
- Are perfectly willing to withdraw from the Council if somebody else can offer greater contributions. Resigning people will continue to contribute to sub-sectors or specific initiatives close to their hearts.
Working with Compassionate Communities and Partners in their initiatives, as well as with other Sectors, will be critical activities for building a Sector. To support such networking, one member of the Sector’s staff or Council should participate in our regular staff and volunteer meetings.
As the Sectors grow, they may naturally form sub-sector and regional groupings which provide opportunities for people to connect with others who share more specific, sub-sector or geographically relevant interests – ultimately achieving greater grassroots impact.
Get involved with the Charter for Compassion by partnering or volunteering in a sector!
It is important to note that each sector has its own section on the Charter website. In addition, as you go to the section you will see listed along the right hand margin additional pages: coordinator(s) of the sector, sector partners, the Compassion Reader for the sector, in most cases an annotated bibliography and resource section and a reports section. In addition, you will find an icon(s) that relate to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. These goals should help drive the mission and vision, not only of the Charter for Compassion, but for the sector as well.
Review the work of each sector by clicking on the appropriate button below:
It is important that sectors work to assemble a team to do the work at hand. The team should operate in tandem to:
- Determine its mission and vision and discern how their direction confirms the work of the Charter for Compassion.
- Utilize the steps of Building a Community on the website to form and reform the team on a regular basis. This objective will take some creativity with the steps outlined, but as you go through this section of the website you'll be able to discover how similar the steps are to your own work as a sector. Note that in Step 4, there is a model, the Tuckman Model, that can be helpful to keeping you on track.
- Consider what are the most grave issues that are a part of the conceivable work of the sector--realizing that dealing with all problems and concerns simultaneously are not possible.
- Consult the UN's SDGs, when appropriate and review how the facts/figures and goals and targets correspond to the sector's own mission and vision.
- Share issues with other sectors and determine how some sectors can work together collectively.
- Create operational goals and design a short and long term strategic plan to realize these goals.
- Solicit new team members as possible and mentor new members as they come onboard.
- Keep in contact with sector partners and invite new partners to participate in the work of the Charter.
- Make certain that at least one team member attends the regular staff and volunteer meetings and allow for conversation in sector meetings to update others on what is going on with the Charter.
- Committee members may be provided with materials to review, such as reports, proposals, or draft policies. It is the responsibility of the committee member to review these materials thoroughly and to share their observations about the materials.
- Upon occasion, team members are invited to participate in special meetings and retreats. It is hoped that a team works out who may represent their section regarding such meetings.
- Encourage one another as a team to participate in the Charter's Education Institute. By being a member of a team all team members are encouraged to take Charter Education Institute courses free of charge.