Feb 11, 2015 10:44am
David H. Breaux visited Louisville, Kentucky and is currently in Austin, Texas as part of the yearlong Compassion Tour. The tour is a global, 12-city endeavor to raise awareness of compassion based on David's life work. He has spent the last five years in Davis, California working to bring attention to compassion by asking people to write their concept of the word in a notebook and by facilitating group discussions about compassion.
Tom Williams, co-founder of Compassionate Louisville, welcomed David to the city for the month of November, 2014. The two worked together to provide input in defining what a compassionate city looks like, what that means at a grassroots level, and how to bring it into social and civic discourse. During Compassionate Louisville's coordinating circles, ideas on how to further develop the city's mission were discussed as well as methods of sharing the process of becoming a compassionate city with other communities. David also met with Mayor Greg Fischer, whose campaign ran on a platform to promote health, education, and compassion. The relations established in Louisville will help provide resources and create more compassionate communities as the tour continues.
The presence of The Compassion Tour sparks interest in the Charter and collaborations between the hosting community and other organizations. While visiting Tampa, Florida, citizens began forming connections and gathering resources in how to make Tampa a compassionate city. In Austin, Lesa reached out to Simone Talma Flowers of the Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) who is offering the use of their Red Bench, a portable bench that is used to attract public discussion around a specific topic. David sat at the bench inviting people to share their concept of compassion. Compassionate Austin and iACT are in the beginning stages of collaborations to help Austin affirm the Charter. The tour also helped foster further connections between Compassionate Austin and nearby Compassionate San Antonio. These networks create a coalescing web of positive energy, sincere efforts, experience, and valuable information that further promotes the virtue of compassion.