Bloggers from all over the world are coming together to talk about compassion in February and March.
The 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion movement was born when blogger and author Yvonne Spence organized over 1000 bloggers to post about compassion in one epic event on February 20, 2015.
Because the response was so great, we decided to continue the #1000Speak project on a monthly basis with different topics. But as the amount of posts being written declined, the project has been sleeping only to awaken for its birthday / anniversary in February. So we are an annual thing now.
While Yvonne is the founder and leader behind the scenes, 1000 Speak is really a collective. The idea is that we get as many voices, screams and whispers, to join together as one. But instead of seeing it as a choir where we all sing the same words in harmony loud enough for everyone to hear, we are more in the language of God where we sing in synonyms, various stories, different images, whether blog post or social media status, all related to one common theme. And instead of aiming to be so loud we cannot be ignored, we aim to be in enough places that we cannot be avoided.
What does Compassion mean to 1000 Speak?
Compassion is a very subjective term. While one person may be killing a horse to put it out of its misery as an act of compassion, another is trying to save its life as an act of compassion.
We are more of a culture of compassion as opposed to an authority of compassion.
With 1000 Speak, the collective of bloggers in the group seems to have a culture of compassion. We try to focus on the journey of trying to understand compassion together. It is a search for truth from within ourselves, within the world, and within in each other.
We try to do this from a healthy, positive perspective where we try to treat other people with respect. That doesn’t mean we only speak of roses while turning a blind eye to the thorns, but when we speak of the thorns, we try to give those thorns the same respect we give the petals.
Compassion is a learning process and a journey we are all taking together. In spirit.
If you’re interested in becoming part of this, the best first step is to join our Facebook Group.
Click on the links below to read some of the posts that started the movement.
The post that started it all was We ALL Need the Village on Considerings
And the birth of the project was here at 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion by Yvonne Spence