Kindness is a Simple Concept

Kindness is a Simple Concept
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from the director

Kindness is a simple concept...too simple some might think to provide a solution to the complex challenges of today's world. But it is precisely this simplicity that gives Kindness such power to effect positive change. ~Olivia McIvor

The Charter for Compassion is immensely grateful and proud that Olivia McIvor oversees the Charter Education Institute (CEI). For the past seven years, the co-founder of
The Organizational Culture Group Ltd. (OCG) has made this volunteer position a priority in her already very busy life.

Olivia was told, in her first performance review as a Human Resources Manager, that she’d never be successful in HR if she continued to “wear her heart on her sleeve.” Her life and work’s purpose for well over three decades is to put the ‘human’ back into human resources. Olivia is obsessed with the concept of kindness. She has written about it in The Business of Kindness, and clearly understands the relationship of kindness and compassion and has given us lessons in her work I See You: turning compassion into action as she urges each of us to craft engaged and meaningful lives.

Why Kindness?
-Because every person should feel valued, respected, and heard
-Because it cuts across all cultures, colors, creeds, genders, and ages
-Because kindness builds empathy and resilience
-Because people want to work in places where kindness is intentionally woven into the cultural fabric

With warmest regards,




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How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? Valarie Kaur – renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer – declares that revolutionary love is the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are a part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.

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Martin Luther King (MLK) and Forty Days of Peace

During the past several years, the Charter for Compassion has participated in the program, 40 Days of Peace, celebrating the extraordinary grassroots, national and global challenges that MLK has charged us to follow. We are receiving partial funding from MLK Day of Service for this program.

Starting on January 11, and continuing through February 28, we are offering as a tribute to King's vision of a Beloved Community, a series of programs to commemorate his influence on the history and culture of our time. ​Visit the 40 Days of Peace Page and review the plays, podcasts, panels, individual presentations, meditative practices and playlists. Plan your own participation list and note presentation times. Upcoming events include:

January 25: Visit our free Spotify Chanel to listen to three playlists, Black Experience, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, and Still We Sing. Individual descriptions are available on the website. Please "Like Us" us on Spotify by clicking on the Heart.
January 27: The Gift of Our Wounds
January 28:
Common Humanity
29-30: Vegan Convergence
January 31:
Racism and Apartheid
February 1
: Grieving and Forgiveness
February 2:
A Huey P. Newton Story



Warm up with good conversation!
Are you interested in experiencing the Charter’s newest community offering? Reach out by email to Karen with Citizen Discourse at
and let her know your interest. We hope to see you soon!

Mondays at 3:00 pm PT and Thursdays at 9:00 am PT



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As a non-profit, the Charter relies on the generosity of its members and communities to continue to meet our mission of making compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world. Help us share our vision and work with your family, colleagues, neighbors, and organizations in which you are involved.  Host a Charter Salon with friends and family, at home, with your faith community, or colleagues from work. We have everything you need: invitations, links to films, brochures, PowerPoints if you prefer, and even talking points.
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