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Making your City Compassionate

March 23, 2012

The Greater Vancouver Compassion Network and Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue hosted mayors, councilors, and city managers from 14 Metro Vancouver municipalities for the Making Your City Compassionate invitational dialogue. This breakfast event celebrated compassionate acts by Metro Vancouver municipalities and provided a forum to discuss the role of compassion within the context of the wordwide Compassionate Cities movement and the internationally recognized Charter for Compassion. Participants shared stories of successful compassionate actions in their municipalities and explored effective strategies to:

  • Express compassion in a city’s decision-making, governance, and daily operations.
  • Foster compassionate social innovation through building local partnerships and accessing national and international networks.
  • Define what becoming a Compassionate City means politically and socially.
  • Achieve formal recognition as a Compassionate City with the International Institute for Compassionate Cities.

Further information about the compassionate cities movement is available in the Making Your City Compassionate Background Information document. To find out more about the current Metro Vancouver Compassionate Cities initiative, contact the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network.

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Select Media & Commentary

Compassion is Not 'Soft,' It's the Key to Global Survival, Acclaimed Author Insists, The Vancouver Sun Front Page Story (March 28, 2012)

Vancouver: A Compassionate Kind of Town, Charter for Compassion News and Events (March 2012)

Story of Compassion: A Story of Compassionate Mothers

Story of Compassion: Manda's Story of Compassionate Strangers

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