San Francisco to be a leading Compassionate City, so that this and successive generations create and inherit a better world.
The mission of Compassionate San Francisco is to champion and support San Francisco becoming a Model Compassionate City as designated by the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities.
Compassion. This is the shared purpose and principle. Compassion is common ground and a unifying force in our polarized world.
Inclusive. Anyone and everyone who commits to compassion is welcomed.
Empowering. This campaign is about empowering people to make a difference in their own life and the lives of others. Compassion is not pity.
Transparent. There is no political agenda. This effort exists to enable compassionate living to help the citizens of our community reap the benefits that come from living a compassionate life—which are many.
Nonpartisan. This effort is solely designed to advance compassionate action and will have no opinion on outside issues.
Social Innovation. Individuals and groups are free to embody compassion in their own ways. Social innovation is encouraged.
Paying it forward. Anyone who participates “owes” no one anything other than to “pay it forward.” People are encouraged to participate simply to experience first hand the thrill and joy associated with compassionate living.
Hospitality. We will welcome guests in the name of compassion. Local, national and international guests will be encouraged to come to exchange ideas and practices.
Creativity opens us to avenues of inquiry and provides us with new ways to think about social change.
Compassion arises through creative human action that happens out of the everyday and yet moves beyond what exists to something new and unexpected. Because new ways of thinking may pose a threat to the status quo, it is important to provide space for the creative act to emerge.
This requires a commitment to creativity and a belief that it is possible to move beyond the limits of what is commonly accepted.
This quality of providing for and expecting the unexpected is well-known in the world of artists and needs to be cultivated in the wok of compassion building.