2023 Symposium

The Art of Compassion

The Art of Compassion is Education, encouragement, support, and love for others through the power of storytelling, art and entertainment.

The Why

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Going Beyond Empathy to Action

We understand that empathy alone is not enough to make a real difference in the world. That's why we go beyond just feeling for those in need and take action to support them. We believe that compassion is about actively doing something to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of others. Through our various programs and initiatives, we strive to create positive change in the world and inspire others to join us in making a difference.

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A Community Known for Kindness

We believe that kindness is a powerful force that can transform lives and communities. That's why at The Art of Compassion, we are dedicated to fostering a community known for its kindness and compassion towards others. Through our outreach programs and partnerships, we work to create a culture of empathy and generosity where everyone feels valued and supported. We believe that by spreading kindness and compassion, we can create a better world for all.

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Building a Better Community

We are committed to building a better community for everyone. We believe that by working together and supporting one another, we can create a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. Through our programs and initiatives, we focus on addressing issues such as poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. We believe that by building a more compassionate and empathetic community, we can create a brighter future for all.

I John 3:18

Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.

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Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.

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The Impact

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Societal Well-Being

Promoting kindness and compassion is essential for building strong, connected communities. By fostering empathy and promoting acts of kindness, we can create a society where everyone feels valued and supported. Through various programs and initiatives, we can build connections between individuals and communities, which in turn leads to improved societal well-being.

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Health and Happiness

Research indicates that individuals who feel connected to their communities are more likely to be healthy and happy. By promoting engagement and participation, we can improve the health and happiness of individuals and communities alike.

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Arts and Education

The arts and education are powerful tools for promoting empathy, creativity, and self-expression. By providing exceptional opportunities for learning and self-expression, we can empower individuals and communities to make positive changes in their lives and the world around them.

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Compassionate and empathetic communities are more likely to attract tourism and business, leading to positive economic impacts. By promoting a culture of kindness and empathy, we can create a thriving and sustainable economy that benefits everyone.

Examples to Follow


Societal Well-Being

  • Tom Tait saw pictures of a rainbow’s curve with messages of kindness written by a young girl of 6. He was inspired to run for mayor using kindness as a platform that could transform the city and he won.
  • A city campaign: A “Hi Neighbor” initiative, a community-based program that encourages residents to get to know the people living on their street.
  • Children were asked to create a million acts of kindness. City and school district noted that suspensions were cut in half, incidents of bullying were down and crime rates also lowered.
  • All Anaheim schools now have a Serve-a-Thon every Martin Luther King Day. Instead of taking the school holiday off, teachers, administrators, and students come together to do projects such as planting trees or singing at a senior citizens center.
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Health and Happiness

  • Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, she created Chemo to Kindness.
  • For each week of her chemotherapy treatments, she challenged her community to do an act of kindness. She encouraged them to share their acts of kindness on social media using hashtags.
  • It inspired more than 1,700 acts of kindness and impacted more than 75 organizations worldwide.


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Our desire and goal is to take the message of loving others and apply it to the many facets of our businesses, charitable outlets, and in particular our community. I hope you and your organization will grasp the vision and importance of exercising your personal gifts to the benefit of others and show your love and compassion through many acts of kindness.

Robert W. Lackey, Chairman, Imagine One Companies


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If one is truly compassionate, they will act. It is a spiritually demanding enterprise that requires humility and grace. Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes can be painful and unsettling, but absolutely necessary if we are to do the right thing.

Rand Brandes, Ph.D., Lenoir-Rhyne Visiting Writers Series


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Find out how you can be part of our 2023 efforts