Rotterdam, Netherlands, joins the Compassionate City Initiative

On Friday May 20, 2016, Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam (one of the four largest cities in The Netherlands) signed the Charter for Compassion. The signing took place during Part 3 of Wagner’s Opera Parsifal. In Part 1, the story of Parsifal was told and in Part 2 the spectators were drawn into a play in order to find the lost spear that could cure the wounded king. All teams immediately began battling each other.

Houston, TX: Compassionate City of the New South

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 was a big day in the history of Houston, Texas! Over 35 people from various organizations included in a grassroots movement known as Compassionate Houston gathered at City Hall to witness the City's acknowledgement of the vision of the Charter for Compassion, Houston’s legacy of compassion, the work of Compassionate Houston, and the Mayor’s proclamation of Compassionate Houston Day.

The Compassion Tour

Twelve communities throughout the U.S., one month in each asking people to write their concept of compassion in a notebook and leading group discussion on the topic. That's what the Compassion Tour is about. The tour began September 3rd in Keene Valley, New York. It stems from an endeavor I began over five years ago in Davis, California to bring awareness to compassion by asking people to think about it. The tour amplifies this endeavor, with each visit including speaking engagements, having already facilitated a few over the past weeks in the Keene Valley area.