The Art Of Collaboration – Growing Compassion

This evening I had a little bit of time to follow up on a link to a Huffington Post blogger which eventually lead me to this interesting project in…Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. Now then, just where abouts is that?

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And in Appleton a very interesting project has been underway and is now pouring the waters of compassion on all who visit this interesting exhibition. A mosaic of compassion.

The Appleton Compassion Project is a community art project involving 10,436 Appleton Area School District K-12 art students. In Fall 2010, participating students received a 6-inch-by-6-inch art panel to draw or paint their idea of compassion.

The inspiration behind the project came from Richard Davidson, PhD — a University of Wisconsin-Madison brain researcher who has found that those who practice compassion have measurably healthier brains. What’s more, Davidson’s research shows that compassion can be learned, and should be practiced, as a skill. “A little more joy might be within everyone’s reach,” says Davidson.

My thought and pondering is on the process of this project the involvement of a community in a collaborative endevour. I think working together can in itself be an expression of compassion. Certainly if one thinks of compassion as acceptance. Lots of exercising acceptance when working collaboratively.

Enjoy the show and thanks to the person who lead me to this most interesting effort. After my own heart.

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