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Compassion Games

Back in the Spring of 2008, I hosted an event at City Hall on behalf of Puget Sound Community Change (PSCC). I presented a joint Mayor-Council proclamation in support of Eco April, a month of activities the group organized through the leadership of Jon Ramer with the intention of deepening people’s commitment to align their values with their actions. One such event, Seeds of Compassion, included a discussion with the Dalai Lama on the nature of compassion.

Fast forward to this year, September 21st through October 21st, when Jon Ramer will present The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.

Big Help Day event, October 21, 2000

In response to reports that many residents don’t feel connected in their communities or engaged with their neighbors, the Compassion Games are intended to help re-connect people with one another and their communities. Check out the related briefing Jon and others provided Councilmembers on September 10th.

The games evolved from discussions on how Seattle should respond to Louisville, Kentucky, which claims to be the most compassionate city in the nation. They’ve challenged Seattle to match them. Although over 80 cities are members of the Compassionate Action Network International, which is sponsoring the Seattle event, the Compassion Games are a Seattle invention that, if successful, can serve as a model for other cities.

The games include a scavenger hunt, a series of planned action projects, random acts of compassion and storytelling.

I encourage you to spread the word and play the games.

‘Compassion is the radicalism of our time,’ said the Dali Lama.

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