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. The Campaign is a project of Compassionate Action Network International.
A key foundational element of the International Campaign is the Charter for Compassion — the creation of acclaimed author and TED Prize recipient Karen Armstrong. This document provides the campaign with essential guiding principles.
A key goal of the International Campaign is to enable rapid development of compassion-based programs within institutions and political entities (cities, nations, etc.) while supporting a growing culture of compassion that fosters positive, effective, and caring shifts in policy, practices, financing, education, employment, health, and community support.
The International Campaign focuses on nurturing compassion with a heartfelt, practical, evidence-based initiative build on a public health foundation — it’s universal and inclusive. The Campaign is a container joining the threads of stories of compassion, as well as the campaigns in cities, counties, states and provinces, regions, and nations into a global tapestry that results in a culture of compassion — countering fear, cynicism, despair, sorrow, and suffering.
The Partnership With TED
Compassionate Action Network International continues its close relationship with TED to promote the Charter for Compassion. This collaboration strengthens the Campaign significantly by increasing the ability to reach audiences world-wide with information about the Campaign and its call to join together to activate and unleash the healing and renewing power of compassion.
Creating Compassionate Cities
Research shows that practicing compassion leads to many benefits for the individual and ultimately for our cities- physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. More and more city leaders from across the US, Canada, and the globe are adopting compassion as a focus for city wide action to transforms cities and transform the world.
Here is a current list of Compassionate Cities.