COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
"Compassion &Mindfulness @ Work" November 8-9, 2019
In October, 2018, a collaboration between the Brighton Jones Foundation’s Director of Compassion, Cory Custer and EnJoy Productions’ Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson, brought to life the version 1.0 of this event: Compassion & Mindfulness @Work.
Dialogue, Learning & Impact
This one-day event filled the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square to capacity with 150 attendees, and brought together an incredible selection of local leaders in various fields to explore: How might we bring more compassion and mindfulness into our workplaces and communities?
The dialogue and learning were rich, and the connections made between people and organizations both fruitful, and critical. Attendees, organizers and volunteers alike felt the deep need and value in this conversation, and a clear sense that more voices should be added.
Of course, none of this happened in a vacuum. The Seattle Wisdom Community was an initial sponsor and catalyst in 2018, and many other groups joined the effort to make the event a success. There is a long and powerful history of local groups developing and implementing compassion and mindfulness programs, initiatives and movements.
The Compassionate Leadership Summit is truly a network of networks, including Seattle Wisdom, Call of Compassion, Wisdom at Work, the Charter for Compassion and many many more. It is born not just from the deep and committed work of compassion and mindfulness pioneers in our region, not just from the collaboration between presenting sponsor Brighton Jones and event creators EnJoy Productions, but from the passion and engagement of hundreds of people and organizations dedicated to creating a more conscious, peaceful and sustainable community and world.
Perhaps the most significant event in the lineage of the Summit is Seeds of Compassion, a 5-day gathering in 2008, which brought the Dalai Lama to Seattle, along with Desmond Tutu and other noted speakers. From Seeds of Compassion came many sprouts and blossoms!
The World's First "Compassionate City"
Thanks to the leadership of the Compassionate Action Network (CAN), in 2010, the Seattle City Council affirmed the global Charter for Compassion and declared Seattle to be the world’s first “Compassionate City,” thus launching an international campaign for communities around the world to endorse the Charter.
The Charter itself came about through the work of Karen Armstrong, scholar and author in religious studies, and recipient of the TED Prize. Hundreds of cities around the world have since affirmed the Charter, and it has become a truly global movement - with its office and coordination right here in the Seattle area.