What is a compassionate community? “In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that community are recognized and met, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect. More simply, in a Compassionate Community, people are motivated by compassion to take responsibility for and care for each other.”
This definition comes from a global movement called The Charter for Compassion (https://charterforcompassion.org/charter) which seeks to inspire cities and other communities to act more compassionately and conscientiously in benefit of all their citizens. A number of U.S. cities have by joined either by affirming the international charter or a version of it adapted to their local needs. Here is a full description of what it means to become a compassionate city: https://charterforcompassion.org/communities. By a vote of the city council, Sacramento became one of them in July of last year. Here is a short video about how the city of Louisville, Kentucky, one of the most liveable cities in the U.S., thinks of itself as a compassionate city: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WknF8LudzGE.
What would a more compassionate city of Elk Grove look like? What would it do more of, and what would it do less of? Around the world, including in the U.S., some cities have begun to define themselves as “compassionate cities”, developing descriptions of what that means and setting goals to reach. Almost always that includes tolerance for and appreciation of racial, social, and cultural diversity. But a city charter of compassion may address much more, such as care for the less fortunate, or equal access by all children to a good education, or economic and employment opportunity to the poor and unemployed.
In the near future, Compassion Elk Grove will begin asking whether Elk Grove should develop a charter of compassion of its own, and what should be in it. The place to start is by recognizing that much compassion already exists in our city that can serve as inspiration to build on. Therefore, we will start by taking note of people and organizations who already show compassion in our city, letting the public know what they do, and asking what we can learn from them. We will post articles and pictures about them on this blog page. If you would like to suggest a person or organization to cover as an example of compassion at work in Elk Grove, please drop an email to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, check this page for new examples of Elk Grove compassion as we add to them.