Do You Want to be Right, or Happy?

Do You Want to be Right, or Happy?

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Do You Want to be Right, or Happy? by Olivia McIvor


It was 10:30 in the evening. I sat rather exhausted outside the Atlanta airport on a bench, soaking up waves of the Georgian humidity. The only aspiration I had at this point was anticipating the hotel shuttle picking me up. Marty, another jet-lagged passenger, shuffled his way over to the vacant seat beside me and sat down. I was on my way to speak at a conference the next day and he was on his way to attend a weeklong training course with his company. Marty was going places in his company, and he had been selected as a 'high potential for promotion' individual, which placed him onto a one-year fast-track integrated leadership development program. I am not a believer in the idea that success is being in the right place at the right time. Marty, a keenly astute 36-year-old, seemed, from all appearances, to have a firm grip on where he was headed and how to get there. I asked Marty what his formula for success was. [...] 
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Community Chat: July 28 at 8am & 3.30 pm PDT / 5pm & 12.30am CEST / 8pm & 4.30am IST Check other timezones here

The Charter for Compassion team is working to find ways to address the many concerns we have as a global community. We need to hear from you as to what is happening in your communities. At this Community Chat we talk about what Charter for Compassion is doing in different parts of the world, if you're interested in finding out what is happening in other Compassionate Cities, please register to the time that fits best with your schedule! We look forward to seeing you!

Register for 8 am PDT zoom meeting here

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EdNet Forum Series: The New 3Rs with Starita Boyce Ansari, PhD
Thursday, August 4th, 7.30-9.00 am PDT. Check other timezones here

By using stories of social justice to dismantle racism, The New 3Rs unlocks civic and compassionate leadership at school, at home, and at work. We offer programs and resources to educate and empower children, parents, educators, and workplace leaders through a lens of racial justice and racial awareness. 


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Forgiveness is Really Strange by Marina Cantacuzino and Masi Noor
August 10, 2022 at 9 pm PDT / 6 pm CEST Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

What is forgiveness? What enables people to forgive? Why do we even choose to forgive those who have harmed us? What can the latest psychological research tell us about the nature of forgiveness, its benefits and risks?

This imaginative comic explores the key aspects of forgiveness, asking what it means to forgive and to be forgiven. Witty and intelligent, it answers questions about the health benefits and restorative potential of forgiveness and explains, in easy-to-understand terms, what happens in our brains, bodies and communities when we choose to forgive.

Welcome Partner Session

Has your organization joined the Charter this year? If so, you’re invited to this special Welcome Partner Session on Wednesday, August 10th at 3pm PDT.  We will introduce you to all the wonderful things Charter has to offer. 

In this gathering, we’ll explain: 

  • How the Charter can¬†help¬†you feel more¬†inspired¬†to continue doing the¬†good¬†work you already are doing.¬†¬†
  • How you can find¬†information¬†on our website.
  • How you can use the Charter for Compassion for¬†networking¬†and getting to know similar projects to yours, either to¬†collaborate¬†with others,¬†to serve as inspiration to them or find new¬†ideas¬†that inspire you to¬†flourish¬†as an organization.¬†
  • All our¬†activities,¬†programs¬†and¬†webinars, which you can join for free or in exchange for a very small donation.¬†

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And if your organization has not yet partnered with us and you would like to become a partner,
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On August 11 and 12, we are hosting two events (same event, offered twice) that we are calling Chai with the Charter. In the last six months, over 3,000 people have joined the Charter Family. We want to make sure everyone knows the why/how/what/when of the Charter and understands the value of the global Compassionate Network that we are all building together. 
This is an informal gathering of people who want to learn more about the Charter for Compassion, our programs and events, etc. It is a friend-raiser and a fund-raiser. At the end, we hope you will give us feedback on how helpful the event was and how we might improve it.
Please bring your favorite cup of chai or coffee to this Zoom gathering with some Charter staff. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
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Blast from the Past: Do you remember when we had the following happen at the Charter? Visit the following links to re-experience some of our favorite offerings from the Charter for Compassion.

Writings on peace from 61 countries

Global Read with Naomi Shihab Nye, Voices in the Air

Keep On: Listen to the Women

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The Charter for Compassion (CfC) is expanding its approach to fundraising in a collaborative effort which supports and showcases artists' work globally. Read more here. 

From Charter for Compassion Partners

Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Prayer Day

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The¬†Community of Mindful Parenting¬†aspires to empower families to become more mindful and compassionate. They are a multigenerational, multicultural and fully inclusive community that strives to nurture powerful relationships between parents/caregivers and their children. Their¬†Listening Mothers‚ĄĘ¬†and¬†Finding Calm¬†classes explore the relationship between caregiver and child through a lens of self compassion. Their weekly Communi-Teas are a centering tool for meditation. Learn more here.

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