When our keynote speaker, British author Karen Armstrong, says “Compassionate Cities are Uncomfortable Cities”, she means that compassion requires knowing the suffering of others. To be a compassionate community means that we will not rest if there is inadequate access to food, shelter and clothing, quality education, affordable healthcare, protection from violence and the opportunity to earn a living wage.
what we can do to build a more
compassionate city through
a grassroots compassion
Seattle is a center of awareness and action as a compassionate community. We hosted The Seeds of Compassion event in 2008 and were the first city to affirm the Charter for Compassion. As a continuation and focus on real issues and actions, this conference will look at what we can do to build a more compassionate city through a grassroots compassion movement to support real measurable change in Seattle and the region.