What Makes a Compassionate City?

What Makes a Compassionate City?

Charter for Compassion and Excellence Reporter Collaborate on a New Project

The Charter for Compassion is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the “What is the Meaning of Life” project and Nicolae Tanase, its founder, and Dr. Lesa Walker, founder of the Compassionate Austin movement. The Project is titled, “What Makes a Compassionate City?” You don’t have to be a part of a Charter Compassionate City initiative to participate. We want all Charter members to consider being a part of this informative project. Visit the Excellence Reporter website to see how dynamic past projects have been. You might also want to see Nicolae Tanase’s book What is the Meaning of Life? You’ll find interviews with leaders, thinkers, writers, laymen and people from all walks of life.

Would you be willing to contribute your thoughts to the Compassionate City Project? The process is very simple. Write down your insight on the following questions:

  • What makes a compassionate city/community?
  • How do you personally measure compassion?
  • What do you do to contribute to creating a more compassionate community and world?

Email your responses back to Nicolae Tanase along with your consent. You may want to view the Privacy Policy of the Excellence Reporter and then simply write a statement that you are willing to have your photo and writing published on line. Include a high resolution jpeg or tiff (photo of you), a short bio, and the name (location) of your city/community, e.g. Austin, Texas, USA.

Your response will be published online at Excellence Reporter. There are plans to publish a book of the responses received in the future. The world needs your insight, vision, wit and help on “What makes a Compassionate City?”

Charter for Compassion and The Media Coalition for Peace and Compassion Collaborate on a New Media Series

The Media Coalition for Peace and Compassion (MCPC) is being activated in partnership with the Charter of Compassion International to further the Charter’s existing mission of fostering a more compassionate world. The objective is to create a supportive environment for communicators to explore positive solutions to negative media trends, which are directly affecting personal well-being and democratic freedoms around the world. Because of these trends, our civic narrative has become increasingly reactionary and counter-productive. Our dealings with one another reflect this undercurrent as civic dialogues on issues affecting our collective future are marked by division, fear, blame, and mistrust. Solution-oriented narratives are needed to build bridges and to help us envision the world we know in our hearts is possible.

The Media Coalition for Peace and Compassionaim to bring together a diverse group of media organizations, visionaries, practitioners, theorists, and community storytelling facilitators who have a vision for restorative narrative as an antidote for the complex tensions of our times.  We want to hear from those working in the field – to learn about challenges as well as what is working.   First and foremost, our goal is to build community providing a safe place to gather while forming a collective intention to open up cross-sector perspectives and collaboration.  This group will form discussions and webinars as well as provide resources for individuals, communities and partner organizations. To participate contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about the series.

What's Happening at the Marketplace? Lots!

We have a large selection of Resources for Students and Teachers (and Parents).  There are books, activity cards and friendship notes.

There are many more books in our Bookstore.  Check out the offerings: books by Karen Armstrong, the Dalai Lama, Paul Gilbert and others. There is a wonderful sign welcoming neigbors and a compassion square to display in your home.

If you are working on a Compassionate City, you'll want to check out what we have available for teams and community members and Charter for Compassion items (i.e., Charter sign, water bottles, tote bags, mugs, magnets and computer laptop skins.

Take a Walk with history by purchasing Deep Talk Walk app, or look through our Personal Care items.  There is an interesting selection of films, CDs by award winning children's singer, Susan Salidor and a nice selection of Clothing and Accessories.

The Marketplace reflects books that our members are reading or selections from our Global Read offerings. Also, as we are coming close to having 2000 partners we wanted a way to feature the “wares” of our partners and to help the Charter earn a fair percentage from each item sold.  Many of these partners are owners of companies or are artists, writers, filmmakers and individuals who offer services. The Charter wanted a way to promote their good works. We invite you to browse through our Marketplace. Think about using the Marketplace when you are considering giving gifts or if you want something special for yourself.

Want to be a part of our Marketplace? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about our Marketplace policy.

Charter for Compassion Education Institute Course and Women and Girls Webinar

Course: Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By. Instructor: Jennifer Wilhoit. Course registration ends July 10.

This is the last call to register. Don’t be tricked by the fact that it’s a class: this four-week adventure will have you exploring life on the writing page and out of doors, too. Watch the link for a two-minute introduction to your faculty as Jennifer describes and demonstrates one of the things you will get to do during this course. Please join us for a beautiful journey through words and the natural world toward a greater expression of compassion! Learn moreRegister.

Webinar Call: Speaking Publicly. Speaker: Karin Erika Knipphals, July 19, 8 am. PT. Register.

Karin Erika Knipphals was born in Germany and is a US Permanent Resident. She lived in the US in 1982 - 83 as an AFS exchange student, continued to travel between the two countries, then migrated to California in 2013. Karin received training as a professional coach, professional singer and has a degree in professional translation (English/Spanish). She studied at Fachhochschule in Cologne, Germany and UCLA, USA. While studying, she also worked as a journalist for radio and television (news/feature). Since 1998, she has been a presentation skills and communication skills trainer and keynote speaker.

Today, she works in the US and Germany with companies and people from many different industries. Her main focus is on presentation skills training, mindful communication and mediation in conflict situations (corporate and private work with couples), media training (interview and talk show training), writing speeches, speech training, voice work and rhetoric for women and men. She also does seminars with large groups, one-on-one and two-on-one coaching and trainings. Karin is also a professional singer/songwriter, singing trainer and voice coach. Since 1995, she has been doing studio work and live performances as well as playing piano and guitar.

A Final Word

Help us to keep organizing, networking and responding to those who need our help.  If you can, please renew your membership, or become a member who supports the Charter monthly, or with a one time donation.  Donate here.

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