Invitation to join the ECAN network

Why ECAN?

Our vision: Emerald Compassionate Action Network, Inc. (ECAN) seeks to expand the vision of goals and possibilities of individuals and organizations through the creation of a sustainable networking platform that will empower self-organization of collaboration on projects that serve our community. ECAN is experimenting with immersing, inviting, and nudging the individuals in our local community into acting their way into a new way of thinking about themselves as beloved community. 

By pointing out the networks of human hearts that already are present and the value of collaboration as a “network of networks” and convening gatherings in which participants share meaning and purpose, we hope to alter the deeply held cultural assumptions about how social problems are resolved, and to build problem-solving capacity by leveraging existing resources. 

ECAN is an outgrowth of an international methodology for creating a universal culture of peace — first at the local levels, such as the Eugene City of Peace, then at the national level, by establishing for example a U.S. Department of Peace, then at the global level, through the International Cities of PeaceECAN seeks to build a culture of peace. We believe it is easier to act our way into a new way of thinking than it is to think our way into a new way of acting.

How Can ECAN Help?

ECAN believes that inaction is the result of myths, prejudices and unexamined problem-solving strategies, each keeping subgroups in competition with one another for scarce resources. When cooperation occurs among subgroups, abundance multiplies and untapped resources are shared to greater capacity.

  • ECAN organizes social justice and other community groups to work together on common causes. 
  • ECAN aspires to increase a greater awareness of social justice networks already in place. 
  • ECAN encourages the spectrum of social justice networks to link together to form a network of networks. 

What are the intended activities of ECAN?

  • 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

Since incorporation in August 2016, ECAN has 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's will invite other industries—business corporations, non-profits, citizen volunteers, natural environment, and law—to examine solutions for a more compassionate world.

On September 22, 2016, 126 people representing 53 faith communities assembled to learn about serving unhoused populations at Faith In Action With Our Homeless

On January 26, 2017, 23 faith community members and service providers explored resources and projects that currently assist people who are unhoused at Compassionate Action Now.

Representatives from local faith congregations gathered on June 12, 2017 to learn how they can participate in the expansion of St. Vincent dePaul’s Interfaith Night Shelter at Family Shelter Collaboration Supper.

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"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