October 4, 2019                                 

    CHARTER FOR COMPASSION TAPS DAVID DAHLIN TO LEAD MOVEMENT INTO SECOND DECADE WITH FOCUS ON CULTIVATING COMPASSIONATE CITIES

    Official Introduction Livestream Oct. 10 from 10th Anniversary Gala in Monterrey, Mexico

    David Dahlin 0847b print 2After an international search, the board of trustees of the Charter for Compassion unanimously selected David Dahlin as its new executive director. Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Charles Barker, M.D. said, “David Dahlin has extensive experience in growing and scaling nonprofit organizations and has a lifelong commitment to the virtue of compassion.” Barker added, “We are grateful to Marilyn Turkovich for her dedication and leadership in the role for the past five years, and for her willingness to continue working with Education and Compassionate Cities programs.”

    Dahlin spent nearly 20 years growing an international development organization (Compassion International) to provide life-changing developmental opportunities to more than 1 million children living in extreme poverty. Most recently, he served as CEO of Geneva Global, a philanthropic services company that has influenced $1.5 billion in giving, benefiting 101 million people in more than 100 countries.

    The expanded vision for the Charter for Compassion is to engage individuals and communities in cultivating compassionate action, especially through its Compassionate Cities program. Charter for Compassion Founder Karen Armstrong says, “A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city because it recognizes the suffering and does something about it."

    Dahlin agrees: “The future of the planet, both in terms of human civilization and ecological sustainability, hangs in the balance. What we do in the next three- to five-years may well shape the rest of history. I believe we can accomplish more than we can imagine by igniting the power of compassion to transform society.”

    The Charter for Compassion was formed in 2009 when British scholar Karen Armstrong was granted a TED Prize to develop a charter for a global movement of compassion. Her 2008 award-winning talk, “Let’s Reinvigorate the Golden Rule,” expounds on the universal ethic to “do unto others as we would have done unto us.” The Golden Rule is foundational to all the spiritual and wisdom traditions of the world and calls upon people of all religions, and of no particular spiritual tradition, to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.

    “As a gay person raised in the Christian church and working for much of my career in a faith environment that did not respect and include that part of who I am, I have personally experienced the great beauty and benevolence of organized religion as well as the hurt and damage that it can inflict,” said David Dahlin. “We can only achieve a world of love and peace by working within, between, and beyond religious traditions to tap our innate abilities to rise above polarization and embrace love and compassion.”

    Dahlin will officially be introduced to the membership at the organization’s 10th anniversary gala at 7pm Central Time October 10 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His remarks will be streamed live to the Charter for Compassion’s Facebook page.

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