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Compassionate Las Vegas - The Podcast is part of the grassroots organization whose mission is to foster the Charter for Compassion and the movement of compassion in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Compassion acts as our guiding principle. Nearly all moral and religious institutions suggest a version of the Golden Rule that we should "do to others as you would have them do to you", and yet we are a world divided. We believe the need for more compassion is the most pressing issue of our time. There is data to support that love and compassion are not luxuries but are necessities for human survival. We are here to host and inspire a network of compassionate businesses, government institutions, schools, groups, and individuals so that Las Vegas may be a more compassionate place to live, work and play.

We are part of a network of 440 Compassionate Cities in 56 countries and growing daily. Mayor Carolyn Goodman affirmed the Charter on behalf of the City of Las Vegas in 2013.

Compassionate Las Vegas is made possible by the Jameson Foundation in partnership with the Moonridge Group.

Compassionate Las Vegas is new and growing! We are looking for partners from all sectors. If you're interested, please email us at hello@compassionatelv.org

Visit us online at www.compassionatelv.org
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/compassionatelv/

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    • Society & Culture
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Compassionate Las Vegas - The Podcast is part of the grassroots organization whose mission is to foster the Charter for Compassion and the movement of compassion in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Compassion acts as our guiding principle. Nearly all moral and religious institutions suggest a version of the Golden Rule that we should "do to others as you would have them do to you", and yet we are a world divided. We believe the need for more compassion is the most pressing issue of our time. There is data to support that love and compassion are not luxuries but are necessities for human survival. We are here to host and inspire a network of compassionate businesses, government institutions, schools, groups, and individuals so that Las Vegas may be a more compassionate place to live, work and play.

We are part of a network of 440 Compassionate Cities in 56 countries and growing daily. Mayor Carolyn Goodman affirmed the Charter on behalf of the City of Las Vegas in 2013.

Compassionate Las Vegas is made possible by the Jameson Foundation in partnership with the Moonridge Group.

Compassionate Las Vegas is new and growing! We are looking for partners from all sectors. If you're interested, please email us at hello@compassionatelv.org

Visit us online at www.compassionatelv.org
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/compassionatelv/

    DNA of Compassionate Integrity | Interview with Dr. Michael Karlin

    DNA of Compassionate Integrity | Interview with Dr. Michael Karlin

    Dr. Michael Karlin
    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics
    Find out more at www.compassionateintegrity.org/
    Dr. Michael Karlin has always been interested in how the human mind works. So while he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do career-wise growing up, the Bethesda, Maryland native found himself gravitating toward psychology classes in undergraduate at the University of Georgia; he enjoyed learning what makes people tick, how mind and behavior are intrinsically linked.


    After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Dr. Karlin wasn’t sure what to do next, and chose to go into business. It was the early ‘90s, and his forays into the business world found success via the new era of the Internet. “I ended up being successful in commercial banking,” he says. “With a couple of other partners, I started what ended up becoming the first bank on the Internet and the technology company that sold that technology to other banks and eventually brokerages and insurance companies.” He had made a successful career by learning on the job in a field he hadn’t expected.


    “All along the way, as exciting and fun and lucrative as it was, I realized that it was not really what I wanted to be doing,” he recalls. “It was kind of an empty life, and I wanted more.” He retired from the business and started a nonprofit that launched two large mythology and story-telling conferences and performance festivals here in Atlanta. Through that experience, he recognized that he wanted to continue learning and studying – he enrolled in graduate school and earned a Master’s in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He just completed his PhD in Religious Studies at Emory University in 2014, with a focus on the interface between religion and psychology.


    The teaching of compassion in schools is still an unusual concept, even for more traditional psychology students who often study mental illness diagnosis rather than prevention. But Life University’s holistic focus on overall mental health, not just diagnosis, puts an emphasis on these types of pro-social emotions. “A lot of people are skeptical going into it,” Dr. Karlin says of teaching compassion in class. “Often times the image of compassion is soft or new age-y.” But he points out that to have compassion, you must have courage, and students are able to use meditation exercises to cultivate skills that lead to compassion. Unlike many academic programs, this becomes a first-person experience. “Many courses just convey knowledge and then ask students to critically analyze or apply that knowledge,” says Dr. Karlin. “We’re asking students to really embody that knowledge.”


    And while an onslaught of media might have jaded the average American, Dr. Karlin says compassion is built into the human DNA, an undeniable biological factor. “It’s not this thin veneer that we’ve sort of built on through society to hold down our ‘evil nature,’” he says. “You’re always going to see elements of compassion cropping up, and people acting benevolently and helping others. Clearly we have a long way to go to take that biological compassion into a universal compassion – that’ll take time, generations perhaps, but we’re doing our best.” He says that practicing compassion is an essential part of good health, just like diet and exercise.


    As an associate director of LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics, Dr. Karlin is involved in a lot of forward-thinking programs that hope to use compassion-based training to make a larger impact on society. “The CCISE is based on looking at the fundamental human values that promote human, social and environment flourishing,” he says. “These are values we can look at through empirical evidence and design research s

    • 35 min
    Homelessness in Las Vegas

    Homelessness in Las Vegas

    Aimee Tram of Anytown Youth Council guest hosts Compassionate Las Vegas - The Podcast with Kathi Thomas of the City of Las Vegas and Heather Engle of Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

    • 57 min
    Journaling Inward | Interview with Shawnta Jackson

    Journaling Inward | Interview with Shawnta Jackson

    Shawnta Jackson is that person who leaves a lasting impression. She motivates, challenges, and provides thought-provoking dialogue. She is a leader, mother, author, internet talk show host, and social entrepreneur with a vision to help people to help themselves and others.

    She is defying all limitations by succeeding as a single-mother and small business owner who for the past 12 years has been relied upon by organizations and teams across the United States to help implement and evaluate socially conscious programs and initiatives. She also serves as a facilitator and guest speaker for various audiences.

    She holds a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral health from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Columbia College Chicago.

    Shawnta is originally from Las Vegas and resides in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area with her son, Zachary.

    • 41 min
    A Perfect Story | Interview with Elizabeth Hunterton part 2

    A Perfect Story | Interview with Elizabeth Hunterton part 2

    Abandoned at the Reno airport, adopted, and the search for a biological relative.
    A former non-profit executive with a 15+ year track record of success, Elizabeth Hunterton is now an author, consultant and speaker. She started life as an abandoned newborn found at the Reno International Airport, became the first Black woman to win Miss Nevada, and represented the Silver State at the iconic Miss America Pageant. Today she shows individuals and organizations how to reach the pinnacle of potential by having impactful conversations in judgement-free zones, thus healing rifts. With arguably one of the most astonishing life experiences, her story of creating belonging by building bridges in difficult places will inspire and empower you to: triumph over adversity, connect authentically, and do your part to change the world.
    Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Japanese, and Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She and her work have been featured on: Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Jet Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Montel, and CNN. Elizabeth resides in Las Vegas as the lone female with her West Point Army Ranger husband, 5 and 6-year-old sons, 18-year-old bonus son (stepson), and two senior dogs.

    • 35 min
    A Bizarre Beauty | Interview with Elizabeth Hunterton

    A Bizarre Beauty | Interview with Elizabeth Hunterton

    A former non-profit executive with a 15+ year track record of success, Elizabeth Hunterton is now an author, consultant and speaker. She started life as an abandoned newborn found at the Reno International Airport, became the first Black woman to win Miss Nevada, and represented the Silver State at the iconic Miss America Pageant. Today she shows individuals and organizations how to reach the pinnacle of potential by having impactful conversations in judgement-free zones, thus healing rifts. With arguably one of the most astonishing life experiences, her story of creating belonging by building bridges in difficult places will inspire and empower you to: triumph over adversity, connect authentically, and do your part to change the world.
    Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Japanese, and Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She and her work have been featured on: Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Jet Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Montel, and CNN. Elizabeth resides in Las Vegas as the lone female with her West Point Army Ranger husband, 5 and 6-year-old sons, 18-year-old bonus son (stepson), and two senior dogs.
    https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/adoption (#adoption)​ https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/compassion (#compassion)​ https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/blackhistory (#blackhistory)

    • 30 min
    Healing the Roots of Homelessness part 2 | Interview with Kathi Thomas

    Healing the Roots of Homelessness part 2 | Interview with Kathi Thomas

    Kathi Thomas has more than 20 years of experience implementing federal grant programs, including Community Development Block Grants, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, Welfare-to-Work, and other special-purpose programs for at-risk communities. She is often a convener of key stakeholders and has successfully addressed complex, longstanding problems through collaborative leadership approaches. She has been with the city for four years and previously served as the city’s community resource manager.
    She has worked in both the not-for-profit and public sectors to enhance meaningful change in service delivery systems so that programs are efficient and effective.
    Kathi oversees key projects addressing homelessness, affordable housing development, education, youth services, neighborhood revitalization, and services for special-needs populations.
    She has been an adjunct instructor and frequent lecturer for higher-education systems in Nevada and California. She has a master’s degree in public administration from National University and received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

    • 32 min

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What happens in Vegas is revolutionary

Thank you, Will! This podcast is a life boat in the sea of chaos. Vegas is my favorite vacation spot and now it’s also my favorite model for compassion. Who would’ve guessed this sort of thing would come from Sin City. Keep up the good work.
My compassion practice is showing appreciation. I also tell my barista or check out person thank you and that I appreciate their service. It usually brings a smile out and there’s an instant connection.

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We need more of this in the world!

I am so excited for this podcast to debut! The need for more compassion is the most pressing issue of our time! Thank you Will and Compassionate Las Vegas for talking about this important subject.

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