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The Compassion Games: What exactly is it?
Recently I’ve been seeing pop up in my various social media feeds lots about something called the Compassion Games. Exceptionally moving was a video I saw that talked about a prison playing the Compassion Games with over 4000 acts of kindness. The prisoners would gain points for being kind. In the same video it talked about gang violence in a particular LA school and how playing the Compassion Game brought that violence to an end.
Though these are extreme cases, it got me wondering about my own community and how kindness and compassion would impact our place and each other. After watching this video I decided I had to see for myself what the Compassion Games is all about.
From the Compassion Games Website:
“Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is a community engagement experience that invites people around the world to challenge one another to reveal and promote acts of compassion that better our lives, our communities, and all life on Earth.
Through the spirit of playful and cooperative competition (“coopetition”), players strive together to:
- Unify: Unify our intentions within a global community.
- Amplify: Amplify what’s already working in our local communities.
- Catalyze:Catalyze increased engagement around initiatives to address local and global challenges.
- Quanitfy:Share reports that reflect on experiences and measure impact through an online Compassion Report Map.
- Actualize:Bring a growing movement of unprecedented, unified action to life!
There are two official times of years the Compassion Games take place, September are the Unity Games from Sept 9-24 and April is Water is Life: Protect the Sacred held during Earth Week from April 22nd-30th.
The Compassion Games and Reading Compassionately: Survival of the Kindest
Compassion and Empathy is something we strongly believe in here at Jump into a Book and at Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Thoughtful intention with compassionate action is a teacher which instills lessons for a lifetime. Just as separatism and violent action can be modeled and taught, I believe our greatest hope lies in teaching and instilling kindness, compassion and empathy in our future and current generations.
The Compassion Games: Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 has created a free Empathy Classroom Kit
Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy and understanding is needed.
Now more than ever, children need to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read. Readers of all ages need to be able to “read their world” to both see themselves, and those are who different, whether by culture, religion, sexual orientation, special needs or ethnicity.
Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day is proud to offer an initiative and holiday that encourages discovery, hope, acceptance and exploration through the pages of diverse children’s literature. As our fifth Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday approaches on January 27, 2018, we are thrilled to have you as part of our amazing community of supporters! With enthusiasm, optimism and hope, we are preparing for MCBD 2017 and hope you will, again, join our celebration of diversity through children’s books.
In 2017 year MCBD offered parents, teachers and librarians a FREE downloadable Classroom Kindness Kit. That kit is still available (view it here) and we have just completed the 2018 Classroom Empathy Kit with a special poster from award-winning author Juana Medina. This kit’s emphasis is on understanding and empathizing with immigrants and refugees and includes a robust booklist along with some excellent activity ideas. The new kit is also free to parents, educators and librarians and can be found HERE.
Thank you for cultivating understanding, kindness, inclusion and exploration of this beautiful world in your classroom.
The Compassion Games: Cultivating Compassion Through Book Choices
We can also bring compassion into our reading. Here are a few of my favorite lists to get you started:
Recipient of the 2017 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards-Children’s/YA-New Voices GOLD Award!
Ascension by Hannah Rials
Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F
The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B