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.
Co-created by #CompassionateCitizens
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:
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.
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).
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.
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
#OneAmercia Meetup Committee
Founder and President,
Director, Evangelical Chapter,
ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Committee
Chair of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)
Managing Director, Nurture Development
CEO, TimeBanks USA
Board member, TimeBanks USA
Founder of Community 4:12
INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Committee
Founder of Center For Pluralism
Founder, Spiritual Playdate
Interfaith Leader and Educator
Founder, Something Or Other Publishing
AT LARGE advisors
CEO, Seva Exchange
Founder, The Global Lead
Global Ambassador at Charter For Compassion International
Author, Beautiful and Abundant
Founder, Mainstream Media
PhD, Community Psychology
Co-founder, The Resiliency Institute
Founder, Sustainability Reporting Partners
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