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Measuring Louisville as a Compassionate City

02/01/2017 5:13 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

There has been a lot of conversation regarding Louisville’s Compassionate City work. But…what does this really mean? This article shares insights on another compassion-based program being launched in Louisville, the Compassionate City Index, that is being developed to formulate metrics around this critical initiative for cities and provides an opportunity to learn how you can participate in Louisville’s Compassionate Index survey.

The Compassionate Cities Index is a study by the U of L Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging in partnership with the International Center for Compassionate Cities led by Executive Director Corinne Witzel, Louisville’s Mayor’s Office, Compassionate Louisville, and the International Charter for Compassion. The Index will quantify Louisville’s area of compassionate-strength, as well as identify areas where the city can improve services to relieve suffering and promote the flourishing of its residents.

While the study includes over 60 objective measures that look at everything from water pollution to education disparities, some of the most interesting results may come from a survey developed by Drs. Joe D’Ambrosio and Anna Faul that is designed to measure individual levels of compassion. Participation in the Compassionate Cities Index Survey takes about 10 minutes, provides feedback on the user’s compassion strengths and weakness, and guides participants on how to become more compassionate. In order to gain a solid representative sample, 67 survey responses are needed from each Louisville zip code.

Participate in this important initiative by taking the Compassionate Cities Index Survey: http://louisville.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe5/form/SV_57qtof5M3mK9aQt. You can find out more information including a list of objective measures, survey totals per zip code, ways to get involved, as well as contact information at www.optimalaginginstitute.org/measure-compassion

As part of Louisville’s Compassionate City initiative, we are fortunate to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a world leader of the Buddhist faith, making a return visit to Louisville this April. He will appear during the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths titled “Compassion: Shining Like the Sun.” Be sure to mark your calendars!

Article written by Tiffany Cardwell, LSHRM Director of Wellness & HR Consulting Principal with MCM CPAs & Advisors, and Lauren N. Humpert, Compassionate Cities Research Coordinator with the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging University of Louisville. Contact Tiffany at tcardwell@lshrm.org or Lauren at lauren.humpert@louisville.edu if you are interested in more information.

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