Survival of the friendliest: How to introduce a little more compassion into our lives

The Compassion Games is an annual international competition or ‘coopetition’ as they like to call it, which ran from 9-21 September where teams and individuals around the world compete to be the most compassionate.

It arose two years ago from the work of an American organisation, the Compassionate Action Network (CAN). In 2012 CAN gave its International Compassionate City Award to Louisville, Kentucky. The Mayor of Louisville responded with a challenge. “Louisville is the most compassionate city in the world,” he said, “until proven otherwise.” The idea of an international compassion ‘coopetition’ was born.