Dear Agents of Compassion,
It’s easy to believe that we are living in a time of a “great divide”. It is also true that we live in a time of “global connections”. There are over one billion people active on Facebook alone. Can we use this unprecedented connectivity to heal the divides between us and build bridges to Global Unity?
We set out to play the Global Unity Compassion Games to explore and discover what’s needed to create Global Unity and here’s what we found out.
The Global Unity Games were played from September 11th, a US National Day of Service, through September 21st, the International Day of Peace. The Peace Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
This year was the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and in partnership with 9/11 Day and many others we launched a five year campaign called “Tomorrow Together”. The objective of the campaign is to bring young people together to learn about each other and do good deeds in a global expression of hope for a better tomorrow.
We don’t imagine a global kumbaya hug, although that would be great. We define “global unity” as a world of people with different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and belief systems committed to living, learning, working, and playing well together.
The Compassion Games are one way to respect our differences and collaborate to create value for others. The outcomes of the Games demonstrate mutual respect and support, a commitment to listen to people past individual differences, a commitment to learning and helping others learn, and to collaborate on fulfilling a larger purpose that adds value to people’s lives.
The results can be communicated in numbers and in reports and stories. Here are the numbers: 30,838 Individual Players, and 265 Teams in 40 Countries played in the Games and submitted 452 reports. We are confident that many more played and didn’t report, even though you can report anonymously.
The results below are based on what only was reported on the Compassion Report Map…
(As well as 23,401,995 People Indirectly Served!)
To understand these numbers we published these scoring guidelines and definitions.
To appreciate the results of the Games we filled a Prezi “presentation canvas” that details who participated, what they did, and the impact and outcomes of what they accomplished.
To get a quick, high-level overview of the canvas we put together a short video you can view here!
(We published the entire presentation so you can drill down and see for yourself, at your own pace, what Global Unity looks like. View it here!)
We have also shared a number of selected Reports in a Facebook Album on our FB page. You can access the album here!
We are so grateful to everyone who played in the Games and made this possible. This includes our Sponsors at Service For Peace, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Seattle Chocolates, World Trade Center Seattle, Theo Chocolate, CCARE, Compassionate Action Network, and the thousands of Agents of Compassion who demonstrated by their acts of kindness and compassion that “Love Wins” and that “Another World is Possible”.
We hosted a live onine celebration of the Global Unity Games that took place on Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 AM PDT. We will record the Zoom call for those that can’t make it. Here are a few highlights from Teams that participated:
The call also launched the Giving Games – Youth and Schools Playing it Forward taking place from November 29 through December 9. You can learn more and sign up to play here.
As you know, the Compassion Games is a non-profit initiative, and although we are not motivated to make a profit, it still costs us to organize and produce the Compassion Games. Please make a donation to support the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.