Compassionate Seattle


Compassionate Seattle

In April 2010, Seattle became the first city in the world to affirm the Charter for Compassion. The Mayor and City Council proclaimed that Seattle is a Compassionate City. This is the organizing group for the local 10 year campaign. Join us!

Location: Seattle, WA
Members: 112
Latest Activity: Mar 10, 2015

What is Compassionate Seattle?

The Compassionate Action Network launched the 10 Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities in 2010. The Seattle campaign includes 3 elements:

1. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed that Seattle is a "Compassionate City."
2. Members of this group meet with citizens, non-profits, educators, youth, businesses, and others to decide how we will support the Charter for Compassion.
3. We share news, events, ideas, and resources with cities around the world in the Compassionate Cities group on this network. (This group focuses on Seattle.)

Our kick-off event was in April 2010 with 2008 TED Prize Winner Karen Armstrong who created the Charter for Compassion. Check out the photos or learn about the program, speakers, and panelists.

Here's what's next...

We will be in the Center House at the Seattle Center starting on Saturday 4/21 and Sunday/Earth Day for the kickoff of the Next 50.

Compassionate Seattle is building a “Stand for Compassion” with the community over the next six months and you are invited!

At the stand you’ll be able to:

This year we gave the Compassionate Leadership Award to Rick Williams and those who helped bring about the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project. Come see the Totem Pole!

At the stand we will share solutions and stories of compassionate action in our community and engage with others in the movement here and beyond.   

How about volunteering to give some time (2 to 4 hour shifts) talking with your neighbors?   You can help spread the word about the work you are doing and what we are doing together. All of us can be smarter than any of us!   

We are collaborating to publish the Seattle Heart Map - a public information resource that visualizes the connections between individuals, groups and organizations committed to creating a culture of compassion in our region.  

See who's on it and who they are connected to!    We are networking hearts and minds to create a public good. 

What is a compassionate city?

A compassionate city recognizes compassion as an ethical imperative in its policy decisions.  A compassionate city deepens the quality and the extent to which its citizens embrace compassion in caring for its own neighbors. 

Come on down and tell us what you think about creating a culture of compassion in our region and the world! 

Discussion Forum

Collective Impact and Public Narrative 1 Reply

Started by Jon Ramer. Last reply by Jon Ramer Apr 28, 2012.

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Comment by warmforwinter on December 27, 2014 at 4:28pm
Thank you for the work on Compassionate Seattle and the early signing of the charter. Today, five years after my invite I finally figured out how to join the group. Happy New Year!
Comment by Wendy Wilford on August 21, 2013 at 9:30pm

A friend, Donna Rae Davidson, wrote an hilarious one woman play "10 Days to Happiness" about her experience at a vipassana meditation retreat. She had no idea what she was getting into and the experience while intense was life changing.  You can give the opportunity for others to learn the lessons that Donna Rae learned at the retreat by helping us make the dream of producing this play a reality.  The goal is for "10 Days to Happiness” to be performed at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center in Ballard, 2007 NW 61st Street, Seattle, WA, every Friday and Saturday in October of 2013.  Your donation, no matter the size, will truly make a difference.

We are raising our budget on the website, Kickstarter.  We started with 40 days and 40 nights and have 7 days left to raise $9981. We must raise a total of $15,000 in pledges by August 28th or we don't get a penny. The minimum pledge is a dollar.  When you pledge $25, you get a ticket to the play and 10 days of good Karma.

To make a donation and find out more about the project, please go to the kickstarter site.  The pledge will be taken at the end of the fundraising drive and when the goal of $15,000 has been reached.

Please consider pledging today and spreading the word on Facebook by liking and sharing our "10 Days To Happiness" Facebook page.

You can also visit the Facebook page to keep updated about the project.

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the project...and pledge!


Comment by Jon Ramer on April 15, 2012 at 10:44pm

We will be starting to build our Stand for Compassion starting this coming weekend 4/21 and Earth Day 4/22.  Here is a news post about it.  This is a six month project.  Please consider spending some time with us, letting people know about your work and the work we are doing together. 

Comment by John Malcomson on January 15, 2012 at 10:22am

From this note "This site will continue to support the work of compassionate action in the Greater Seattle Area and beyond." you can see that Jon Ramer is transitioning the CAN site to be more specifically for Seattle and available to the world.  What does that mean to you?  How would you like the site to change?

Comment by Meena Sharma on March 28, 2011 at 9:38pm

Greetings Jon,

I ma just returning to Seattle after being in India over two and half months. Part of my journey to visit holy places. More of a spiritual part of my life. I enjoyed two weddings in the family and made some very meaningful contacts for personal growth and for my business. I will call you once I am home..



Comment by Jon Ramer on March 27, 2011 at 5:08pm

Greetings!  I hope this finds you well.  We are ready to announce and spread the word about this April's signature event and our direction for the next six months. Compassionate Seattle: Creating Collective Impact.  Read the event description to learn more about the April 16th event taking place at Seattle City Hall and co-sponsored by the Mayors Office and the City Council.   Please RSVP and start spreading the word.  


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