San Francisco: The Compassionate City
Compassionate San Francisco is an incubator, accelerator and clearinghouse for compassion projects within the community.
Compassion is the recognition that all beings are profoundly interconnected, such that the joys and sufferings of one are the joys and sufferings of all, with a corresponding commitment to appreciate and treat with respect all individuals as we ourselves would want to be treated—even and especially when we find it difficult to do so—and to alleviate suffering when and where we encounter it.
While local governments are unable to provide the previous levels of service, many people feel disconnected and disempowered to address these needs. A network of individuals and groups organized around compassion will empower the people of San Francisco to help meet these need and to promote general welfare.
Building and growing San Francisco's reputation as a compassionate city and the leading city to champion worldwide human rights is essential for advancing social justice both locally and around the world.
Compassionate San Francisco is creating an organic organization that connects groups of people around a hub of leadership and the common goal of increasing compassion as a civic virtue and a way of living with others. We are working to:
Join the global movement that brings the Charter for Compassion to life. Karen Armstrong won the 2008 TED Prize for her wish to create a Charter that will restore the Golden Rule to the center of our world. As the home of the Charter, we support its vision by helping cities, schools, businesses, congregations and others take action to create a just economy and peaceful global community. We invite you to take the first step and sign the Charter.
The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities supports compassionate initiatives in cities, towns, counties, states and provinces, regions, nations, universities, faith groups, schools, service groups, and other places where human beings gather.