Invitation to join the ECAN network

Emerald Compassionate Action Network (ECAN) seeks to illuminate and activate people's deep need to contribute to the lives of others.

We wish to demonstrate that there is an abundance of sources of compassion here, in central Lane County, Oregon, and that once our citizens become self-aware of their similarities -- their team identity -- there will an exponential scaling up of the impact among organizations and individuals on social problems as collaboration on service projects accelerates.



  • Outreach via personal contact and public media to organizations and individuals on the topics of networking, human security, prosperity and quality of life.
  • Implementation of live events, web pages, newsletter and other media that build trust in collaborative relationships.
  • Measure and report the extent of current collaborative efforts and trends.
  • Celebrate successful collaborations.
  • Research barriers to and best practices for organizational collaboration.
  • Research and develop an index of social progress indicators that is updated every two years to show trends.
  • Provide clearinghouse information for individuals and partners seeking collaboration.
  • Develop and provide education on the definitions of collaboration, empathy, security, prosperity and quality of life.

We have only just begun

In 2016, ECAN published a searchable directory of organizations engaged in peace and justice efforts, and currently is developing additional platforms to enhance networking capabilities.

ECAN initially concentrated on faith communities and their impact on homelessness. In the future, ECAN will invite other industries—business corporations, non-profits, citizen volunteers, natural environment, and law—to examine solutions for a more compassionate world.

Please visit our list of events.

Please sign up here for the periodic newsletter. Your primary responsibility when you sign up is to "give a nudge" occasionally by reporting your random and organized acts of kindness, OK? Thank you!

Sometimes people want to give us a donation.

"A vision is a compass. It’s an ideal. It’s vision. Then there’s life: messy, imperfect, resource-constrained, ego-filled. Life as a human being is about moving between these two worlds – the ideal that we hold and are –within, and the messiness of the world.

That’s why a vision serves as a compass, a guiding light – not as a plan to execute.

What matters is that we are moving toward our vision. That we have stepped fully onto the road of pursuing the dream. That we allow our dreams to be a guiding force in our lives.

Calm, trusting, dedicated action taken from that place will pull us closer to the vision." 

---- Tara Sophia Mohr