Written by Karen Armstrong.
When the Charter for Compassion was launched in November 2009, I didn’t know that by 2012 more than 85,000 people would have affirmed it online or that we would have 150 active partners around the world. I did know that if we were to make the Charter something more than a call to action, we’d have to come up with practical, sustainable, creative and realistic ways to bring compassion back to the center of our world consciousness.
We’ve made great strides in a surprising number of areas. The Compassionate Cities campaign, which requires a detailed 10-year plan from all applicants, now has more than 70 cities worldwide in the process. Officially compassionate cities already range in location and size from farming town Khairo Dero in Pakistan to the American heartland, Louisville, Ky., where the mayor has is determined to set a world’s record in compassionate acts during a week of service in April.
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