World COmpassion Festival 2015
One of the goals of Compassionate San Francisco is to prepare for the World Compassion Festival 2015, which is to be a global event taking place in 100+ cities around the world. We hope to have San Francisco be the main venue on a global stage.
For one week in April 2008, Seattle hosted an unprecedented event—The Seeds of Compassion. “Seeds” was an historic series of public gatherings, discussions, and workshops that galvanized individuals, networks, and organizations around the world. Over 154,000 people participated in the 5-day event. More than 7 million viewed the event online.
Advisory Board member Chip Conley is traveling the world and will share his insights and guidance into creating "Collective Joy" as we co-create a truly transformative experience. Check out Chip's Fest300.com.
Check out the World's Best Festivals Lists and let's make San Francisco's World Compassion Festival 2015 hit the top of the list!
"The World Compassion Festival is to be that event which represents the tipping point where compassion becomes the meme of our human consciousness..."
James R. Doty, M.D.
World Compasion Festival, Chairman
Stanford University CCARE, Director & Founder
A meme is "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." Is it possible and is it the right time to put forth the proposition that compassion as a cultural meme is both possible and critical?
At no point in human history to date is the need for an increase in compassion more critical to the survival of our species.
The recognition of this reality and the exponential increase in scientific data demonstrating the extraordinary benefit of such behavior not only in regard to benefiting others but in regard to benefiting one’s own mental and physical health, is resulting in a groundswell of interest by individuals, institutions and governments.
The goal of the World Compassion Festival (WCF) is to be that event which represents the tipping point where compassion becomes the meme of consciousness and by doing so permeates our world culture.
It would be a 3-4 day event of 50-100,000 people serving as a platform for compassion-in-action and whose purpose is to attract people, especially young people to dedicate a portion (and, hopefully for many, the majority) of their lives in service to a goal larger than themselves …service to their fellow man by working to address the problems most pressing in regard to the survival of our species. Over the next several decades, global warming, ecological catastrophe, water, poverty, threat of nuclear weapons and war, interreligious conflict will increasingly impact the world and those who live in this world.
The WCF will not be just another event where individuals attend and for that brief period be enthusiastic and energized but will serve as a catalyst to create a vibrate passionate community that allows for individuals to work at the local, national or international level on an ongoing basis and gives support and tools to do so. Utilizing the expertise of organizations in these pressing areas of need, leaders in the development of the tools of social media and community development and the expertise of companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter, a dynamic community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of themselves and community will be created that will have a profound impact on those issues facing humanity.
Seminars and workshops led by those organizations that are already making a significant impact and difference will engage the participants’ passion for a cause and demonstrate the reality, as Margaret Mead said, “that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Music has a profound effect to inspire and engage individuals. Inviting artists who, through their music and activism, have impacted the world positively will further contribute to the energy of the event and contribute to its success. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Sting, Bono, Peter Gabriel and others would be invited with concerts every day of the event.
While governments may run countries, it is religion that is a plays a major role in the lives of the majority of people in the world and profoundly impacts their behavior and oftentimes their decisions. The fundamental core of essentially every religion is compassion…a deep regard for those suffering and a desire to relieve suffering. Bringing together representatives of the major religious faiths with individuals who are recognized throughout the world for their commitment to compassion for all beings and to improving the lives of all and having them as a group reaffirm the tenets of diversity, interconnectedness and the importance of caring for all independent of faith would be extraordinarily powerful. Invited to this event to speak and chair dialogues and plenary sessions would be major religious leaders and many of the Elders. Having them gather to support compassion, acceptance and dialogue would is critical and send a powerful message to the world community.
Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and her wish was to create the Charter of Compassion...a component has been to create the "Compassionate Cities" Program. The goal would be the hosting city commit to becoming a “Compassionate City” by the date of the event and to have at least 100 "Compassionate Cities" throughout the world by the time of the event, with activities by each city and by individuals occurring as a run up to the event. Additionally, during the period of the WCF, each “Compassionate City” would hosting its own Compassion Festival to further strengthen the concept of a truly WCF with the events occurring during the festival broadcast to each “Compassionate City” and throughout the world.
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"A dynamic community of like-minded individuals who believe in the power of themselves and community will be created that will have a profound impact on those issues facing humanity."