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I'm in the grips of compassion. I've always been a networker. I suspect that I owe this to my early working roots in Chicago. I have a thirst for art and am driven by music--especially the music of my Balkan roots.
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I'm a string player: guitar, several instruments of the tamburtiza family; involed in lots of gigs in my early life; involved with SCLC activites, civil and voters' rights; program design for colleges; curriculum writer on intercultural topics.
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Educator, learner, non-profit director
Charter for Compassion International
"You to need to have the courage to be imperfect. Act! Team up with others!"
I started with the Charter for Compassion International (CCI) in 2013 as the education director and since that time has moved into a number of different roles with CCI. My background has been primarily in higher education and most specifically in directing teacher training programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and chairing Columbia College-Chicago's master's program in multicultural and global education. I've done a considerable amount of curriculum writing through the years, much of it related to international and cultural topics.
Thea, these are incredible suggestions. I've gone to all three and can see how we as a project can be informed, and perhaps use these sources, especially the Coursera platform as part of our project. As the quote emphases the importance of a good hands-on teacher, mentor and instructor, this is also one of the challenges of our proposed project--how to help mold compassionate dynamic teachers. Thank you for these leads.
Ovonyoli, your observation is so critical to our being successful. We know there are a number of different options, and that a solution in one place might not be the same as needed in another. Thankfully we have a good technical partner and I see that there are a number of projects submitted here in OpenIDEO that address the concern you have voiced here. Also, I see that you are in Kenya. We have a number of Charter for Compassion members in Kenya and am trying now to extend our network. I hope you can take some times to learn more about the Charter for Compassion: www.charterforcompassion.org.
Brioné, I like the idea of incorporating residents in addition to our local partners. In fact, the recruitment of getting volunteers might be directed by our partners. I used Jordan as an example to make this proposal real, but my hope would be through the possibility of being able to use the train-the-trainer method, we might be able to have several different teams to respond to emergency and on-going needs. The important thing is to have teams who can deliver training in different languages. Our Mexico Compassionate initiative is very interested in this concept and I'm hoping with compassionate partners in Jordan and perhaps in Dubai and other Arab speaking countries we can pull together our Arab speaking group. Also, because of the outreach capacity of Compassionate Indonesia we can be training a Bhasa Indonesian team. Are you interested? Can you get students at your university interested?