Now that St. Augustine is officially the first Compassionate City in Florida and the 20th in the world, our real work has begun to help create a culture of compassion in our backyards and beyond. One of our goals is to develop “sectors” -- healthcare, education, business, interfaith, government, the arts & culture, historic preservation, neighborhoods, etc. that can explore common interests and achieve common compassionate goals together.
Please join the St. Augustine Initiative for Compassion and two of Compassionate Louisville's key leaders on Saturday morning from 10-noon at St. Cyprian's Community Center (map) for a round-table discussion about the importance and value of these sectors. Leading the discussion will be Stephanie Barnett the co-founder of Compassionate Louisville and the organizer of the city’s extraordinary Healthcare sector. Karyn Moskowitz is the founder and director of New Roots, Louisville’s innovative and successful food justice organization. New Roots Fresh Stops program connects families to farms with affordable fresh food. It also shares knowledge about home cooking and inspires community leaders to help people transform their lives.
In 2012, Louisville was named “The Most Compassionate City In The World" by the Charter for Compassion International. As community leaders, both these women have done and are doing extraordinary work to compassionately affect the way leaders throughout the city come together for the greater good. Without a doubt, there is much the St. Augustine Initiative for Compassion, our partners and other interested and concerned individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses can learn from their efforts. For example, last May 100 healthcare leaders/stakeholders in Louisville gathered for a day to explore the question:
What if Compassion were the driving force of healthcare in our compassionate city?
As a result of this effort,