Are humans inherently evil or good? According to 19th century biological theory, and all attitudes encoded into the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, we are evil and will do anything to ensure our survival. Thankfully, there is another view. One that suggests that humans are inherently compassionate and this is a large part of our evolutionary heritage.
We can find evidence for our innate kindness everywhere; in our physiology, our biochemistry, our behaviour and in anthropological evidence. Additionally, as described in the new book The Compassion Project, when our compassionate nature is put to good use the results are transformative. We can feel the ricochets of compassion in communities, healthcare, education, the environment, businesses and even politics.
However, whilst these ideas are very attractive and make intuitive sense, the reality of what it means can be harder to grasp. So we are turning to the people who have felt, first hand, the grips of compassion, and we are collecting their stories.
We want to show that happiness, compassion and health are universal human values, that there are stories like these from all around the globe, that kindness matters, and that we all make a difference. These are the first, of what we hope to be many, stories:-
- Birmingham City CharterBirmingham gain City Charter accreditation Birmingham is the UK’s first accredited Compassionate City The people of Birmingham have been recognised for their compassion in the way communities have supported each other during some of the most difficult times, by being crowned the UK’s first Compassionate City on the 14th March. Accredited by Compassionate Communities UK,Continue reading “Birmingham City Charter”
- Compassion LinksUseful Links BBC World Service April 10, 2018 The Town Trying to Cure Loneliness The Resurgence & Ecologist Mar/April 2018 Compassion is the best medicine ITV England, Feb 2018 Tackling the growing pressures on our hospitals, Frome England The Guardian Feb 21, 2018 A Potent Cure for Illness – Community
- Whittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community AwardWhittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community Award Compassionate Communities UK (CC-UK) presented Whittington and Fisherwick with the award this week to coincide with the first International Compassionate Communities Day. Members of the Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme have supported vulnerable and disabled residents over the past six years, receiving support from a range of local organisationsContinue reading “Whittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community Award”
- Brereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community AwardBrereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community Award A village community whose volunteers gave up their time to care for sick and dying patients during COVID has received a new national award for their compassion. Residents of Brereton and Ravenhill in South Staffordshire have become the first UK community ever to be awarded ‘Compassionate Community Charter’ status. DuringContinue reading “Brereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community Award”
- Frome, SomersetIn this series we hear from residents of Frome in Somerset. They tell moving tales of compassion during lockdown, and are perfect examples of how this spontaneously arising treasure we all possess makes a huge difference, to the compassionate person and to the people affected by such kindness. COMPASSIONATE STORIES – THE FROME SET JezContinue reading “Frome, Somerset”
- The Frome ModelThe Frome Model Julian Abel, Director of Compassionate Communities has been working with the team at the Frome Medical Practice since 2016 in implementing and rolling out the Frome Model across the Mendip area of Somerset. “Compassionate Communities project reduces population emergency admissions” At time when emergency admissions in Somerset rose by 30%, those inContinue reading “The Frome Model”