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What it means to be a Compassionate City

Live Interview with Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio, Texas.

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During the summer pandemic months, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg spearheaded an initiative to establish the San Antonio Compassion Institute and initiated Compassionate Integrity Training for civic and educational leaders from 85 percent of the city’s universities, colleges, and schools. The City of San Antonio was the first community in the world to offer this type of city-wide civic education aimed at building systemic compassion into every action, decision or policy an institution enacts. Participants learn to cultivate the values and leadership skills required for personal, social and environmental well-being – referred to in city building circles as the elements of human flourishing. The Institute’s over 800 graduates are popularly referred to as “compassionistas” and compassion ambassadors. San Antonio Council's first resolution passed when Mayor Nirenberg took office in 2017 was to sign the Charter for Compassion, declaring San Antonio to be a Compassionate City. QUESTIONS FOR MAYOR NIRENBERG? Send your questions to Kalen Academy founder and event host Diane Kalen-Sukra at prior to June 8, 2021. DATE: June 22, 2021 TIME: 10am PT | 12pm CT DURATION: 1/2 hour Live Interview 🎥 VIDEO PREVIEW:


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