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In times of suspicion, divisiveness, hatred, war, and despair, compassion can help us return to sanity and a welcoming world for everyone.

The International Center provides information, education, and advisory services for people and organizations worldwide.


A culture of compassion is one in which we recognize that there is suffering in the world and a need to do what we can to respond effectively to that suffering. At the International Center, we focus on our species and other sentient beings everywhere.

We live in challenging times, and the need for cultures of compassion is everywhere. To that end, the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) focuses on two principal tracks: creating cultures of compassion and effectively responding to conflict.

Cultures of Compassion   Conflict Management

The Cultures of Compassion track consists of two areas of focus:

Compassion Education

The International Center applies a disciplined nonpolitical, nonreligious, and all-inclusive public health and public service approach to the concept and practice of compassion. Our focus is on education, including certification programs for practitioners. We support that focus by providing resources, undertaking public information initiatives, and providing advisory services. The Center’s programs are presented internationally.

Compassionate Trust Leadership

Compassionate Trust Leaders are trained organizational staff, community members, and professionals who provide information about compassionate conflict management; are an active voice for compassion, understanding, and the working out of differences, and are trusted members of their professions, organizations, or community social, faith-based, political, or other groups.


The Conflict Management track incorporates two areas of focus:

The ICM Model

Developed by social theorist Ari Cowan more than a decade ago, the Integrative Conflict Management Model (ICM2) is built around an in-depth understanding of human relationships, the need for personal, family, community, institutional, and organizational power; and strategies for management and resolution of conflict through the application of appropriate and healthy forms of power.

The Par Model

The Violence Integrative Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model is an effective, successfully demonstrated, evidence-based, and compassionate approach to violence response and prevention built upon a public health foundation. It is a significant departure from the traditional “punitive” model for dealing with violence. The PAR Model incorporates new thinking about and language for describing violence, provides a new framework for preventing and responding to violence, and presents an effective alternative to the commonly used traditional punitive-based approaches for dealing with violence.

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