Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces and maybe even transfer to the real world, building a better world with xocial.
No, that’s not a typo. xocial is an app, a site (pronounced, “social”), dedicated to making compassion a digitally interactive pursuit, competitive even, where good works and empathy, genuine acts of kindness and support can be tracked and posted, engaging and encouraging to others.
Given the political events of the day it would seem compassion has fallen out of favor in a world propelled by fear and cynicism but partnering with the International Charter for Compassion, founded by theologian, writer and historian Karen Armstrong, xocial offers an online opportunity to counter with good works today’s real world climate of misanthropy.
“xocial is an online community that connects people and organizations to causes they care about, then inspires them to take action,” explains the xocial site. “It’s a simple and fun way to make a difference at home, in your office and in your community. Using xocial, you can measure the impact of your efforts. Build your XO score and show off your good side!”
Participants on xocial – individuals, groups and organizations, teachers in the classroom, even corporations – start specific campaigns or join existing campaigns designed to improve the lives of others or in some other way make the world a better place.
Once the campaign has started and the work begun a little competition adds an additional element to the mix through scoring and keeping track of what the app calls an “XO” score, registering acts of genuine kindness and generosity, gratitude even.
“You could say xocial is what happens when good karma meets the internet,” explains a xocial blog post. “Instead of measuring our popularity, xocial measures our positive social impact—both the good we see others doing and the good we do ourselves. The goal is to make the world suck a little less. While having a lot of fun.
“Your xo score includes everyday actions (think driving your friend’s kids home from the sleepover) and monumental efforts (like raising the most money for a national charity). You can have an xo score if you’re an individual, a non-profit, a company, an institution or a geographic region. Your city can have an xo score.”
The scoring system, which is really just a way to track good works not a real competition, is based on personal of group efforts is six ways:
- Character building – Day-to-day actions that show your generosity, kindness, candor, honesty and more.
- Eco efforts – Steps taken to reduce your ecological footprint, from meatless Mondays to joining a car share.
- Charitable works – Your support of charities, non-profits and social institutions like hospitals and schools.
- Lifestyle choices – Actions that show you live consciously, from what you buy to how you treat your body.
- Workplace leadership – Above-and-beyond efforts on the job that are an inspiration to others.
- Lifelong learning – Your actions in the classroom of life, from tutoring your peers to enrolling in a post-grad program.
“If we’re going to achieve a global democracy governed by the Golden Rule, it’s going to take a lot of us doing little things every day,” explains Marilyn Turkovich, Director, Charter for Compassion International. ” And that’s why we’ve joined with xocial. We’ve created a number of campaigns…to help us inspire and celebrate compassionate acts. Join a campaign (or two or ten) that speaks to you. Prove that one person can make a difference. And tell the world that compassion is a global movement worth joining.”