Compassionate Austin is a movement! Everyone is a “partner” in creating a more compassionate community. We are grateful for the collaboration of many amazing organizations and individuals!
Check out our Compassionate Austin Hallmarks and Compassionate Austin Leadership!
Also, we launched the Compassionate Austin Co-op in January, 2019. The Co-op Members (including organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based groups, etc. as well as individuals) commit to compassionate action in our community. Check out the spreadsheet of Co-op Members (organizations only) listed by topic and focus.
Follow our Compassionate Austin Facebook page and join our Compassionate Austin Facebook group for ongoing updates and information about our collaborations and partners.
Below are some examples of our partnership journey over time, culminating in the launch of the Compassionate Austin Co-op in January, 2019 (partnerships are listed in alphabetical order):
AISD- Becker Elementary School (Valerie Borchers, Principal) played in the Compassion Games throughout the 2015-2016 school year with the help and leadership of the school’s “No Place for Hate” counsellor. Becker Elementary posted wonderful stories of student compassionate action on the Compassion Games Report Map! http://www.beckerelementary.com/
AISD- Cunningham Elementary School (Amy Lloyd, Principal) received an Ashoka Innovation Grant to support Compassionate Austin in Spring, 2015. The school’s Art Specialist involved students in learning about compassion and commissioned a Compassion Tree sculpture for the school grounds. A teacher assisted with the initial steps of creating the Compassionate Austin website: selecting the theme, designing the script on the header image, and loading the initial content prepared by Compassionate Austin. Cunningham passed the Compassion Torch to Becker Elementary School. http://www.cunninghamcobras.com/
AISD- Rosedale School (Elizabeth Dickey, Principal) played in the Compassion Games throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers and students also came to City Hall on April 14, 2016 to support the Austin City Council Resolution designating Austin as a Compassionate City. Rosedale School posted wonderful stories of student compassionate action on the Compassion Games Report Map! https://rosedaleproud.org/
The Amala Foundation inspires people to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity. They graciously donated their space for David Breaux’s talk on Compassion during his January, 2015 visit to Austin. Also, Amala collaborates in Peace Day Austin. www.amalafoundation.org
The Austin Public Library: The Austin Public Libraries collaborate to help involve libraries in the Compassionate Austin movement. The Austin Public Library sent a representative to City Hall on April 14, 2016 in support of the Austin City Council Resolution designating Austin as a Compassionate City. http://library.austintexas.gov/terrazas-branch
Calder Kamin is the artist who created the Compassion Tree Sculpture for Cunningham Elementary School. http://calderkamin.com/
David Breaux’s global Compassion Tour brings awareness to compassion. David visited Austin in Jan, 2015, inspiring many collaborations. www.facebook.com/groups/thecompassiontour
Earth Day Austin is an annual celebration and exposition of environmental sustainability and eco-friendly exhibits and events. Many of the Earth Day Austin exhibitors as well as the Earth Day Austin Festival (as a whole) particpated in the Earth Week Compassion Games, April, 2016. An Earth Day Austin representative spoke at City Hall, supporting the Austin City Council Resolution designating Austin as a Compassionate City.
Go Love Now is a hallmark of Compassionate Austin– inspiring our youth to be kind and compassionate. “Go Love Now” is active in Austin schools. https://www.golovenow.com/
Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) builds healthy relationships between faith communities. In addition to loaning us their Red Bench for our 2015 MLK event, they donated their Austin American Statesman article and Storycorps recording sessions to help us spread the word about compassion. The Executive Director came to City Hall on April 14, 2016 and spoke in support of the Austin City Council Resolution designating Austin as a Compassionate City. iACT participates in the Compassion Games! http://interfaithtexas.org
KAZI Radio Station: Kenneth Thompson at KAZI FM invited David Breaux to his morning show, “The Wake Up Call” to talk about the Compassion Tour. http://www.kazifm.org/
The Kindness Journey activates and spreads the word about kindness. Kindness ambassadors Jaden & Amanda Winn visited Austin- Jan-Feb, 2015. www.thekindnessjourney.com
Love Out Loud Austin TV brings light to organizations and individuals that are truly making a positive impact in our community: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCptbnuWL8pcDp-BRmEd98Tw
(Here is the Loud Out Loud Austin TV interview of Lesa Walker, Founder of Compassionate Austin- published November 8, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhTAEhUcei0)
Men’s Fellowship Network (MFN): The MFN launched in April 2012 in Austin, Texas for the purpose of providing a weekly opportunity for men in the area to have a conversation on various topics that pertain to “male spirituality.” They are an inclusive group and all men (and women) are welcome. Men and women from over 140 countries are visiting the MFN website regularly. ~ Clay Boykin – Founder. http://mensfellowship.net/
New Story Festival is the Signature Festival of Compassionate Austin– celebrating, inspiring, and activating compassionate action and social impact in Austin and surrounding communities: https://www.newstoryfestival.com/
Peace Day Austin: is a collaborative grass roots initiative to explore, express, share, welcome, and celebrate what peace means to each of us as we travel from 9/11, a Day of Remembrance and Service, to 9/21, the United Nations International Day of Peace. Peace Day Austin coincides with the 11 Days of Global Unity and the Compassion Games and helps engage people throughout Austin and vicinity in acts of peace and compassion. Peace Day Austin was represented at City Hall in support of the Compassionate Austin Resolution. http://www.peacedayaustin.org/
Peace Through Commerce: Peace Through Commerce participates in Peace Day Austin activities. http://www.peacethroughcommerce.org/
Peace Through Pie: Peace Through Pie participates in Peace Day Austin activities. http://peacethroughpie.org/
The Raindrop Women’s Association / Turkish House invited Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH (Founder of the Compassionate Austin Movement) to speak at their February, 2016 Coffee Night event. The Executive Director came to City Hall April 14, 2016 and spoke in support of the Austin City Council Resolution designating Austin as a Compassionate City. The organization also participates in the Compassion Games. http://www.raindropturkishhouse.org/texas/austin
Seton Cove invited Lesa Walker, MD, MPH (Founder of the Compassionate Austin Movement) to give a weekly seminar for 3 weeks in August, 2015 as part of the Seton Cove program offerings. http://www.setoncove.net/
SocialGood.us is a hallmark of Compassionate Austin– inspiring and recognizing social good action in Austin and engaging people in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://www.facebook.com/SocialGood.us/
Subud International Cultural Association (SICA): SICA inspires Peace Day Austin activities. http://www.subud-sica.org/
University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution (UTPCR)- Moody College of Communication: Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium– June, 2016. Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH (Founder of the Compassionate Austin Movement) was invited to present about Compassionate Austin and “3D” compassion to high school students attending the symposium.
University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin: Master Degree students at the University of Texas School of Public Health (Austin campus) did service projects in Spring, 2015 to help with the Compassion Assessment of Austin. Student projects/internships are available annually to assist with Compassionate Austin activities. https://sph.uth.edu/campuses/austin/
Compassionate Austin Affiliations/Memberships:
The Charter for Compassion: http://www.charterforcompassion.org/
The Charter for Compassion Compassionate Communities Campaign: http://www.charterforcompassion.org/index.php/communities/overview
The Compassion Games International: http://compassiongames.org/
New Story Festival: https://www.newstoryfestival.com/
The 11 Days of Global Unity- Tomorrow Together Campaign
1 Billion Acts of Peace (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize): http://www.1billionacts.org/