A Global Gallery of Compassion and Community

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Join us and be part of a worldwide public art project focused on compassion.

When the world is in upheaval, we benefit from practicing compassion. Compassion is defined as taking action to alleviate suffering — your own or someone else’s. Those actions allow us to help calm the world in our own small way.

We’re building a global portrait gallery of people from around the world sharing how they express compassion; a beautiful mosaic of faces and stories. We’re looking for those who will share part of themselves and connect with people from different walks of life. We’re gathering as many perspectives as possible and our ultimate goal is to represent every country in the world.


How do you practice self-compassion?
Think about what has seen you through tough times. What takes you to your happy place? What motivates you, gives you strength, joy, comfort, or makes you laugh? It might be a song, a soccer ball, or a walk in the park.

How do you express compassion to others?
Do you show up when they need you and take them to their happy place? Do you buy them ice cream, cook a meal, or give them a book you know they’ll love? Do you listen or sit in silence to provide comfort and support?


Take a moment. Go deep. Be creative. Find common ground with people from other cultures. Be the first from your country or join your fellow citizens here on Portraits Of Our World. You are sure to inspire others and you may be inspired by someone halfway around the world or right down the street.

This worldwide public art project is part of the Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and the Applied Compassion Training Program (ACT). This website is in a test phase. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Thank you for helping bring this global gallery of compassion to life.
Julie Robertson
Contact: portraitsofourworld@gmail.com


Please click on my photo below to see my example and help you get started.

  1. 1)   The first photo should be a portrait-style photo or selfie of your face.
  2. 2)   The second photo should depict how you practice self-compassion or compassion toward others.
  3. 3)   Your story can describe your photos or whatever you want your story to be.
  4. 4)   Scroll down to your country below or click anywhere you see Create Your Post.

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