WE are COMPASSIONATE AUSTIN!
Compassionate Austin is a growing grassroots movement united to promote, strengthen, and celebrate compassionate action in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities.
Compassionate Austin Hallmarks!
The Co-op is an innovative initiative to foster greater connection and collaboration among organizations that promote practical “3D” compassionate action (caring for Others, Self, and the Earth) in the greater Austin area! Co-op Members assert, and are recognized for, their role in creating Compassionate Austin. **Click for a spreadsheet of Co-op Member organizations (grouped by topic and focus).
Huston-Tillotson University is part of the Compassionate Austin Leadership and is also a member of the Compassionate Austin Co-op. Huston-Tillotson University is a historically black institution, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree to a diverse population of students. Huston-Tillotson University is Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning. Huston-Tillotson has a set of principles called IDEAL (Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership). These principles guide all things and people of Huston-Tillotson, from operation to students to faculty and staff.
Offers & Needs Markets! The Markets are a powerful way to share resources and make meaningful connections in Austin. We come together from all walks of life to support each other and create a more caring, interconnected, and thriving community. Compassionate Austin Co-op Members commit to attend at least one Offers & Needs Market per year.
Community Events Calendar- Natural Awakenings Austin! A online hub for events focusing on health, wellness, and sustainability. Check out the calendar, submit events for posting, and join in the action!
Community Design and Innovation! Austin has robust interest and leadership in design-thinking (which has empathy and compassion at its core). We have leaders who are advancing creative capacity building and inclusive civic engagement and design to address inequities and bias in order to create a city in which ALL may thrive.
Community Alliances! Austin is constantly evolving with growing diversity of businesses, cultures, etc. We support new and innovative models of collaboration, alliances, and liasons among organizations, businesses, schools, faith and interfaith communities, and individuals to mobilize and increase “3D” compassion (caring for others, self, and the Earth) throughout our community.
“Sparked” game events are held all over Austin and encourage people to build connection and community through story-sharing. The game is an amazing way to connect with others in a meaningful way! Most folks who come don’t know each other, and many have connected because of the game! SPARKED is a board game created to bring people together to connect, celebrate and uplift each other. No matter how many times you play or who you play with, it’s always memorable. The game leads to passion-filled conversations and amazing connections.
This is the Signature Festival of Compassionate Austin! The Festival is held annually and also hosts interim and ongoing social experiences in Austin throughout the year. We invite everyone to come together for community, creativity, and the common good. Join in the community-wide celebration, inspiration, and activation of “3D” compassion: caring for others, self, and the Earth!!
Self-Care Activism! A key part of “3D” compassion is self-care and self-compassion. We have people and programs in our community dedicated to helping people learn and practice self-care strategies to manage stress and maximize well-being.
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership! Austin is a city of social innovation. We have exemplary changemakers, modeling and leading positive social change via inspired entrepreneurship.
The OpenIDEO Austin Chapter! We launched the OpenIDEO Austin Chapter in December, 2017 as a volunteer forum for design-thinking to address local and global challenges. In Austin we have created a unique model by being both a Compassionate City and an OpenIDEO City Chapter. We are the 1st city in the world with this innovative “mash-up.” Through design-thinking for social good, we strive to create a city powered by empathy, compassion, and social innovation! To join, click HERE and then click on “Follow Chapter.”
A unique approach to the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the Golden Rule. The common language of an infinite number is 3.14. The goal of Golden Rule 3.14 Group is to find the common language in a diverse society and to create a sense of inclusion through compassion and service. This connection may occur on Pi Day. But wouldn’t it be golden if it could occur every day?
Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)! Compassionate Austin team member Michaela Maxwell is now available to teach CIT in Austin. CIT is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing.
Compassion~Connect 11:11! We invite you to set your phone to chime every day at 11:11 am. Then, at that time pause a few seconds to energetically, mentally or spiritually, send a good thought to someone, or send a text, or give them a call. This tradition was started a few years back in the Men’s Fellowship Network circle and has since begun spreading throughout Austin. Imagine the effect if everyone in Austin were to do it! Imagine the wave of good that would ripple around the world if all people were to do it.
Compassion Games! We rally Austin for the Games. Anyone can participate! We join with others around the world in compassionate action, power-up our compassion skills, and inspire others through friendly “coopetition”!
The Compassionate Austin Fund! To donate, click HERE! We created the fund to support organized activities that promote, strengthen, and honor compassionate action* in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities. *Compassionate action can be focused in one or more of the 3 key dimensions of compassion: caring for others, self, and the Earth.
Display your role in creating Compassionate Austin!
EVERYONE! Share and report individual and group actions, events, projects, etc. on the Compassion Report Map. The Map provides a platform for us to measure, benchmark, and increase-over-time our collective impact in our community!
Scientific research documents the health, educational, social, and economic benefits of compassion. Compassion is a skill set that can be learned and strengthened through practice AND compassion is measurable.
We are a city of social innovation. Social innovation does not exist without compassion. Compassion is what brings people to the table. If we want our community to thrive, we must engage EVERYONE in compassion. The stronger our compassion, the more people mobilize to help meet our community’s pressing needs.
“Compassion is the power source for social innovation!” (Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH)
Knowing this, we owe it to ourselves and future generations to make “compassion” a household word.
Join the movement!
- Sign Up!
- Acknowledge the importance of compassionate action!
- Attend the New Story Festival!
- Be a Founding Member of the Compassionate Austin Co-op!
- Join the OpenIDEO Austin Chapter!
- Participate in Compassion~Connect 11:11!
- Donate to the Compassionate Austin Fund!
- Sign up for the Compassion Games!
- Sign the Charter for Compassion and become a partner!
- Compassion Up!
- Strengthen compassion skills through practice;
- Tap the power of compassion to identify and meet needs; and,
- Celebrate compassion and honor successes
- Measure Up!
- Measure progress and impact as individuals and as a community.
- Like/Follow Compassionate Austin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/compassionateaustin
- Join the Compassionate Austin Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassionateaustin/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Dedication: This website is dedicated in memory of Reverend Dr. Clarence Keith Wright, a wonderful contributor to Compassionate Austin and a true champion of compassion. In Keith’s own words, “Compassion on!
About the Cover Image (The Treaty Oak): https://www.utexas.edu/education/resilience/treaty.html