Compassion Games 2012

For four weeks in the early fall of 2012, the cities of Seattle, WA and Louisville, KY participated in a brand new initiative called the Compassion Games. The two cities were the first in the nation to affirm the Charter for Compassion and the mayors of both cities playfully engaged in a friendly “coopetition” (cooperative competition) to see which city was the most compassionate.

I was recruited to adapt one of my popular online kindness classes into a game that residents of the two cities could play, and built it around completing acts of anonymous kindness, one per week, the “coopetition” scheduled to take place over four weeks. I posted a “kindness mission” each Friday, having suggested participants imagine they were secret agents who were receiving a secret mission and had a week to complete it. The following Tuesday I posted a brief message intended to inspire the secret agents about that week’s mission. And then on Friday I posted a reflection comment about it, before sending out the next week’s mission.

This website is an archived record of my game, made available for anyone who might find any part of it useful. The activities are all still relevant so feel free to engage in them as if you were a player of the first-ever Compassion Games in 2012.

To get started, go to Mission #1.