Charter for Compassion Pakistan is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of our lives, it is a document that was drafted by a multi-faith, multi-national council of thinkers and leaders. The Charter for Compassion initiative is the result of Karen Armstrong’s wish of the 2008 TED Prize. Karen Armstrong wished to create charters all around the world and it was launched in Pakistan in February 2011.
We work in diverse ways through various sectors of society–businesses, with cities and communities across the globe, within educational institutions and organizations –to create and establish cultures of compassion locally and globally. In a world that is deeply troubled and polarized we are committed to making a change. Through forming partnerships and by collaborating with similarly minded organizations we are endeavoring to acknowledge that by thinking and acting compassionately we can create a just world.
Charter for Compassion Pakistan(CfC) aims to create a vibrant, peaceful, and compassionate society through the creation of innovative programs, education, and training on compassionate thought and action.
Our programs, tools, and activities allow our stakeholders the opportunity to explore the value of collaboration, empathy, and compassion within their own respective entities, and institutionalize these positive changes across all sections of society.
CFC Pak is working in the following sectors:
▪ Business: The Compassionate Business Group
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Research shows that practicing compassion leads to many benefits for the individual and ultimately for our cities- physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. More and more city leaders from across the US, Canada, and the globe are adopting compassion as a focus for city wide action to transforms cities and transform the world.
The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities is a global campaign inspired by the Golden Rule (treat all others as you wish to be treated yourself) to raise awareness of the benefits of compassionate action. Its purpose is to encourage city leadership from around the world to create and bring together efforts towards increasing compassion through local initiatives, policy, and projects.
We share stories, research and tools from around the world that reflect the benefit of compassion for the health of cities worldwide. We also support governments and citizens in planning and realizing initiatives that foster compassionate action. Our current focus areas are compassionate action in city-wide innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, community & civic engagement and governance.
Cities are the center of our economies, cultural and social activities. We believe that the increasing population density in cities is gradually elevating their role to be active promotes of new ideas and movements. Urbanization is a predominant theme in today’s list of problems because more than half of the world’s population lives in cities today.
Charter for Compassion Pakistan looks to bring the Compassionate City Campaign to the most populated and diverse city in Pakistan, Karachi. The benefits of a city specific compassionate campaign range from a grass root behavior change movement to a mass ownership of the compassionate cause. This will be a civil society movement that engages all of Karachi’s stakeholders to actively promote, advocate and engage in compassionate actions in their schools, workplaces, homes and neighborhoods.
Charter for Compassion Pakistan will accomplish this by reaching out to the masses of Karachi and asking them about their aspirations of a compassionate city. A council of notable and willing citizens of Karachi will then create a charter that represents all of these aspirations. This charter will serve as the cornerstone for the movement as it will crystallize the compassionate city visions into actionable goals. Working groups will work with local government bodies, city administration, non-profits, academic institutions, media groups and notable business and professional associations to bring the compassionate city charter to life.
The objective of this compassionate cities campaign will be to restore the sense of citizenship and ownership among the masses and build them into change bearers for their respective communities. We believe that this will help us in addressing problems like violence, corruption, illiteracy and poverty at a grass root level in Karachi while fostering the much needed spirit of interdependence within the city.
This initiative is launched by Charter for Compassion Pakistan CfC, and supported by Karachi Youth Initiative KYI.
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I am Karachi is a campaign that inculcates hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi to collectively strive for a peaceful city. The objectives of ‘I am Karachi’ are as follows.
The campaign aims to do so by promoting social/cultural activities and reviving existing public spaces and cultural institutions for greater inclusion and engagement.
The campaign aims to do so by creating a common platform to enhance synergy and collaboration, share and strengthen existing resources for the civil society of Karachi.
The campaign aims to do so by creating awareness about the socio-cultural causes of violence and advocate for potential solutions.
How to get involved
Join the campaign, pledge your support for ‘I am Karachi’, spread the message, volunteer for the cause, become an ambassador, organize an event in support of ‘I am Karachi’ or support the campaign financially.
If you want to be involved with Charter for Compassion for any new projects or initiatives, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.