We envision 10,000+ empowered #CompassionateCommunities in the U.S. by 2028

Empowering #CompassionateCommunities

We are currently seeking faith and civic leaders to serve as organizers and co-organizers of Compassionate Aurora, a Meetup-enabled experiment in empowering #CompassionateCommunities -- spiritually, economically and politically.   

We expect to launch Compassionate Aurora before Jan 1, 2020.

Compassionate Aurora will engage #CompassionateCitizens in respectful dialogue across diversity, with an orientation to radical inclusivity, and to maximizing the well being of the community, with special attention to the "least of these". 

Meetups are a visible platform that we hope will empower and catalyze the #CompassionateCommunities campaign at Charter for Compassion.

When we have proven what is possible in Aurora, using Meetup as a platform to "Empower Compassionate Communities", via dialogue across diversity, we will scale the model across Kane County, Chicagoland and the U.S.

We believe that a critical mass of dialogues-across-diversity will catalyze a #WiserDemocracy, and expedite the path to Beloved Community (#Sustainable #EquityForALL).

#WiserDemocracy entails replacing our 2 party system (which silences most citizens) with representatives who are held accountable to ALL voices (e.g., Voice of the People's Citizen Cabinets).  

Empowering our collective wisdom and compassion (#WiserDemocracy) will expedite the path to a #CaringCulture and a #CaringEconomy -- i.e., to #Sustainable #EquityForALL.

We believe that educating and empowering 30 million #CompassionateCitizens is critical mass to replace our anti-democratic, money controlled, two party system with a #WiserDemocracy.

Many of those 30 million are already identified with 3 movement hubs:

Revolutionary Love Project (50+ orgs).

Catalyzing a #CaringCulture

Bridge Alliance (90+ orgs).

Empowering a #WiserDemocracy.

New Economy Coalition (210+orgs).

Co-creating a #CaringEconomy.

We envision uniting those movements, with the help of 30,000+ civic/faith leaders; 10,000+ Meetup-enable #CompassionateCommunities; and with significant funding from #CompassionateRealtors.


Our Mission

Empowering a #WiserDemocracy, to co-create a #CaringCulture and #CaringEconomy

We seek to catalyze the #CompassionateCommunities campaign at Charter for Compassion by using Meetups to engage #CompassionateCitizens in respectful dialogue across diversity, in order to maximize the well being of the worst off. While this entails reducing suffering (e.g., from Hunger, Homelessness, Hopelessness, Hate and/or Health issues), our long term vision entails SYSTEMS change.

We are effectively linking 3 macro-movements, with myriad sub-movements:

1.  #CaringCulture -- Culturally empowering citizens, by educating them about  Asset Based Community Development. ABCD unleashes the unique assets and gifts of citizens, to co-create #CompassionateCommunities.

2.  #WiserDemocracy -- Politically empowering citizens, by educating them about the Deliberative Democracy movement, to hold all levels of government accountable to the collective wisdom and compassion of their constituents.

3.  #CaringEconomy -- Economically empowering citizens, by educating them about the Triple Bottom Line, where consumers, workers and investors reflect their integrated values, as regards People, Planet and Profits (#Sustainable #EquityForALL).

In April, 2016, we created a pilot Meetup group, #CompassionateCitizens Fox Valley, to serve as a template for transpartisan Meetups: 

See https://www.meetup.com/Compassionate-Citizens-Fox-Valley/

To fund the movement to empower #CompassionateCommunities, Connection Realty will pair #CompassionateCitizens who are buying or selling a home with #CompassionateRealtors who compete for value, while generously supporting the movement.    

Get Involved

We are currently seeking a mission aligned 501c3 (e.g., Elgin Cooperative Ministry) in the Western Suburbs to adopt our mission.  They will take ownership of Connection Realty, and will form an aligned Collective Impact Initiative that will co-own a new B Corp (Econometric Home Valuation consultants). 


Thank You

Whether you participate in respectful dialogue-across-diversity, volunteer your talents, or promote the movement through word of mouth or on social media, we thank you for doing your part to build a community, a country and a world that works for all. 

About Us



Lorenzo Santos

Founder, Rhetor

Howard Pepper

Director, Ecumenical Outreach

Norlyn Dimmitt

Director, #CompassionateRealtors


Board of Directors

Jim Turner, co-editor, The Transpartisan Review

John Steiner, advisor, The Transpartisan Review

Michael Ostrolenk, advisor, The Transpartisan Review

See bios at The Transpartisan Review

Board of Advisors

#OneAmercia Meetup Committee

Charles Randall Paul

Founder and President,

Foundation For Religious Diplomacy

John Morehead

Director, Evangelical Chapter,

Foundation For Religious Diplomacy



Dan Duncan

Chair of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)

Cormac Russell

Managing Director, Nurture Development

Edgar Cahn

CEO, TimeBanks USA

Chris Gray

Board member, TimeBanks USA

Kirsten Strand

Founder of Community 4:12

Jay Van Groningen



Mike Ghouse

Founder of Center For Pluralism

Edwina Cowell

Founder, Spiritual Playdate

Karen Danielson

Interfaith Leader and Educator

Lynne Meyer

BMW Foundation's Responsible Leaders Network

Wade Fransson

Founder, Something Or Other Publishing


AT LARGE advisors

Anitha Beberg

CEO, Seva Exchange

Brigitte Perreault

Founder, The Global Lead

Brione LaThrop

Global Ambassador at Charter For Compassion International

Bryan Welch

Author, Beautiful and Abundant

Zandra Rivera

Founder, Mainstream Media

Dr. Patricia Luckoo

PhD, Community Psychology

Barney Bishop III

CEO, Florida Smart Justice Alliance

John Dempsey Parker

Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Jr. 

Jodi Trendler

Co-founder, The Resiliency Institute


Steven Shamrock

Founder, Sustainability Reporting Partners

Contact Us

Compassionate Citizens Foundation

(630) 362-4663

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