A central goal of the Compassionate Action Network is to enable rapid development of compassion-based programs within political entities (cities, nations, etc.) while supporting a growing culture of compassion that fosters positive, effective, and caring shifts in interpersonal relationships.
The work towards affirming compassionate cities began in Seattle in April 2010. The mayor and city council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed support for a 10-Year Compassionate Seattle campaign. Since then, the number of confirmed Compassionate Cities and new Candidate Cities has grown.
So what does it cost to become a Compassionate City? The answer: not much. It takes a brief time for the mayor and city council to draft and pass a proclamation affirming the Charter and declaring support for a 10-Year Campaign. CAN International Institute can provide sample wording for a proclamation, if needed.
There are no out of pocket expenses. The city doesn’t pay fees, dues, or anything else. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A city, region, or country making a proclamation benefits in ways that are often priceless.
Affirming the Charter and proclaiming support for a 10-Year Campaign means that the city, region, or nation values its citizens as well as its visitors.
This can translate into tangible, measurable benefits for a city, region, or nation:
By becoming 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.