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Transform Calgary into Canada's Most Compassionate City

Check out this video to experience what a compassionate Calgary could be:


Imagine what it would be like when Calgary is recognized as the most compassionate city in Canada. Neighbours are helping neighbours just because they want to. Elderly people’s sidewalks are shovelled. People stop to help someone with a broken-down vehicle. Homeless people are acknowledged. There might not even be any to acknowledge since they’d all be taken care of. Families are opening up their homes. Communities are coming together to solve issues. People are volunteering. Companies are keeping their employees.


When we’re compassionate, all the judgment, economic status, ego, or anything else we put in the way becomes irrelevant. Everything becomes irrelevant except for what is happening right then and there. Those moments of compassion are created from a place of love, from a place of acceptance, and from a place of unconditional service. The more compassionate we are, the more those moments show up in our lives. And the more fulfilling our lives become.


When we are compassionate, we are resilient, inclusive, and accessible. The wellbeing of our citizens, our families, and our communities improves. Social issues like poverty and equity are alleviated. Trust, respect, and reciprocity are increased.


And as the wellbeing of our community improves, our municipal services get better – imagine our tax dollars go even further! Things like healthcare, emergency services, and overall governance of our city improves. Technology and innovation improves. Our schools and educational systems improve. Our youth grow to be the citizens we need to move our city forward into the future.


With compassion as our foundation, we are a united city that works collectively to address issues. And we do this because our compasses all start to point in a similar direction.


We’ve seen our compassion rise when needed, when we helped our neighbours – during the floods, during the fires. We overcame so much, but we couldn’t have done it without compassion. We have it in us. We just need to allow ourselves to access it more often.


A compassionate city is a thriving city. It is a city where the potential of our people is unlocked, and the overall human experience of living here is elevated. A compassionate city is resilient, inclusive, and accessible. A compassionate city is Calgary.


Let’s work together to make Calgary Canada’s most compassionate city!

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This initiative would transform the entire Calgary landscape. By becoming more compassionate we would see the impacts everywhere, from our citizens living more fulfilled lives, having more work satisfaction, to more inclusion and acceptance, to lowered poverty rates, to more trust and respect, to improved city services such as healthcare, emergency services, and governance.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Compassion is not a tangible "thing", however, its impacts are so far reaching. Because of this, measuring the impact of having a more compassionate city would need to be studied. The suggestion would be to focus on certain areas that could benefit greatly from an increased level of compassion and creating some metrics to measure improvements in those areas. In general, however, measurement can be done through surveys, through volunteering engagement numbers, through engagement on social media within the campaign, through to how much chit chat there is on the c-train in the morning! The university of calgary has also conducted some research on how to measure compassion within the nursing profession - this work can be explored and deployed for this initiative as well.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Being more compassionate will actually improve the effectiveness of technology when deployed in our city. Technology is key to deploying the campaign and engaging with citizens. Data from different sources, such as the city, healthcare, employers, general surveys, social media campaign data, can all be baselined prior to launching the campaign and success criteria defined.

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