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Empathy and Compassion in Society

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  • “We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world.”
  • “We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they would wish to be treated – with dignity, equity and respect.”
  • “We believe all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.”

If you find these beliefs from the Charter for Compassion resonate, you might consider joining the movement and becoming a Member. You might also be interesting in working to creat compassionate cities or attending a conference on empathy and compassion in society:

Compassionate Cities

Karen Armstrong, asked in April of 2013 for her definition of a compassionate city, replied, “A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when any group anywhere in the world is marginalized or oppressed. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”

Empathy and Compassion in Society

An annual professional conference on empathy and compassion in society is being held at Fort Mason in San Francisco during Compassion Week, November 10-16, 2014. The conference “brings together leading experts, shares the latest research, presents real-world examples from the workplace, and offers practical tools to cultivate and apply empathy and compassion successfully in all situations. Internationally renowned neuroscientists, psychologists and thinkers will be sharing their insights and present methods for developing compassion.