Carta por la Compasión

Charter for Compassion - Peace starts here
March 11, 2013

Do you live in a compassionate city?

There are now 12 cities that have signed the Charter for Compassion and another 58 that are actively organizing to become compassionate cities. Learn more about what it means to sign the Charter and proclaim support for a 10-Year Initiative.  We provide resources to help individuals and groups launch initiatives in their communities and governments. By working to become a compassionate city, region, or nation, citizens become empowered, develop a sense of cooperation, and reinvigorate hope. The result is an improved outlook, quality of life, and “can-do” attitude. Contact Cities Director Meg Lyons to learn more about our compassionate cities initiative.

At right, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and friends proclaim Louisville a Compassionate City.

Compassionate education in Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT has become our latest Compassionate University.  Read about how a small group of students and faculty initiated the process by affirming the Charter for Compassion, formed a committee to oversee the process, created an action plan, and sought approval from the university senate.  If you work at a college or university and would like to dialogue about the possibility of your school being a compassionate institution, contact Education Director Marilyn Turkovich to begin the process.

At right, WCSU Professor of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Dr. John Briggs shares his thoughts on creativity and compassion at the weekend-long conference on compassionate education held on the WCSU campus.

Compassion is about partnerships

The primary work of CANI is network building, and one of our biggest achievements has been our partnership program.  We are now over 150 organizations proud.  Find out about the work being performed by our partners around the world and how it directly supports the Charter. As importantly, if you work with a group that should be a partner, let our Program Director, Pam Kilborn-Miller know of your interest. Interested in becoming a partner? Send email to

At right is the May Howard Elementary School Student Council in Savannah, Georgia, our newest partner. 

Business and compassion at Stanford

Compassion & Business Conference at Stanford University, April 30, 2013. The purpose of this one-day conference is to present and create a dialog around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and business by leading research experts in the field, as well as business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in their organization.

Last month’s most popular quote on the Charter Facebook page?

“Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. But I try to work one day at a time. If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. That’s enough. When you see you can do that, you continue, and you give two little joys, and you remove two little sufferings, then three, and then four. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering. That is the secret. Start right now.”

~Sister Chân Không (born 1938), Vietnamese pioneer of socially engaged Buddhism

Support the global compassion movement!

You can join forces with us to establish cultures of compassion all over the world! Since its unveiling in 2009, the Charter for Compassion has sparked a worldwide movement that reaches from Pakistan to Australia, from Holland to Canada, from Turkey to the United Kingdom, with many lands in between.

For further information about ways to support the global compassion movement, to include CAN International in your estate plans or to connect us with a corporation or foundation, please contact Director of Development Helen McConnell.The Charter for Compassion is a project of Compassionate Action Network International.

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