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Date CreatedNovember 24, 2021
Date UpdatedNovember 24, 2021
Nominator NameMARILYN Turkovich
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  • Female
Category of nomination qualificationA member of government and/or current or former Head of State
Nominator Phone2063047972
Nominator OrganizationInternational Charter for Compassion
Nominee NameInternational Charter for Compassion
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Nominee OrganizationCharter for Compassion
Nominee Achievement Brief

The International Charter for Compassion is asking everyone who wants to co-create a world that is peaceful and kind, promotes happiness, and works for all life, to invest in compassion.

Conceived of as an idea by British theologian Karen Armstrong in 2008, awarded the first monetary TED Award, contributed to by the Council of Conscience, made up of key leaders representing Abrahamic faiths the following year, with contributions from more than 165,000 individuals on-line, the Charter was launched at the United Nations in November 2009.

The Charter for Compassion is both a document and an international movement. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called it the one of the most important movements today. An overview of the work of the Charter can be seen in this new short animation:

The Charter works within two realms: Firstly, facilitating the creation of compassionate cities, where grassroots teams work with local governments on specific issues that deny citizens basic rights. There are close to 500 communities in 54 countries who are dialoguing with local, national and global partners to alleviate the pain and suffering of citizens and addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The Charter provides process tools, and assists in its implementation. Communities have launched campaigns to work with homelessness, food scarcity, environmental racism, local climate issues, and 18 other key issues. The key to success in any compassionate city or community is collaboration--building cooperation between NGOs, schools, hospitals, and faith and interfaith organizations--working together in twelve sectors in each of which the Charter has key lead coordinators and teams of volunteers.

Secondly, the Charter for compassion is involved in promoting education programs and outreach for all stages in life. We recognize that compassion can be taught, trained, and cultivated. There are extensive resources from both ancient traditions and current science and practice that guide us in developing more compassionate souls throughout their life span. We call upon people of conscience and good will from all societies, cultures, and religions to join us in making this commitment. To this end, we operate a Compassion Education Institute (CEI) that offers courses on compassion and its many attributes (i.e., altruism, forgiveness, gratitude, empathy, etc.). The Charter, in conjunction with Life University offers a ten-week program on Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT), in person and on-line, and a CIT4Teams program for our compassionate city teams. We also promote and help our cities offer two programs for schools, Think Equal for 3-6 year-olds and SEE Learning with Emory University for grades 1-12. Both of these programs are based in social emotional learning theory and teach compassion and kindness through experiential lessons.

The Charter currently has more than 3000 schools globally that have signed and implemented the tenets of a Compassionate Education Charter in their institutions. We have more than 50,000 students participating in SEE Learning in Mexico and Australia and have introduced SEE Learning in a half dozen other countries. There are now more than 40,0000 university students that take Compassionate Integrity Training in 11 Mexican universities and we have plans for introducing CIT4Teams in 12 new cities in 2022.

In summary, the Charter for Compassion, through its programs and processes is committed to:

restoring compassion to the center of morality and social engagement, and rejecting any practice that breeds violence, hatred, or disdain.
developing our compassion in ever-widening circles, transforming our individual and collective relationships into a society characterized by care and concern for all and a devotion to the common good.

teaching, training, and equipping future generations with caring for self, others and the planet.

collaborating locally, nationally and globally to create a shared vision of a compassionate society, to work within our spheres of influence, to build compassionate systems and cultures, and to openly share information and resources, to highlight best practices, and to celebrate progress.

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