For the past three years, Karuna-Shechen has been inviting everyone to collectively draw inspiration, engage in rich exchanges, and participate in workshops centered around themes that touch upon our values and current affairs.

This year, the third edition of the Altruistic Encounters will take place on Saturday, May 25th, and Sunday, May 26th, 2024. A weekend dedicated to reflection, inspiration, and altruistic action, bringing together individuals committed to building a compassionate and peaceful world. The program includes panel discussions, meditations, and workshops led by experts and agents of change.

For those unable to attend in person, fear not, our panel discussions will be recorded and broadcasted on Karuna’s networks.

In cultivating the quality of human relationships, social bonds, a sense of belonging, kindness, caring, passion, and altruistic love, we are much more likely to triumph together.

Matthieu Ricard

Each at our own scale

In the face of contemporary challenges, altruism proves to be the essential key. Each of us, at our own level, has the power to act at our own pace, starting with local actions. To act effectively, it is crucial to draw our inspiration by paying close attention to what is usually less visible. It is also important to train ourselves to better welcome and understand our emotions.

Exploring Interdependence

Interdependence governs our existence at every level. We live interdependently with trees, which purify the air we breathe by absorbing polluting gases. Bees, essential to our ecological balance, embody another aspect of this interconnectedness by facilitating plant reproduction through pollen dispersion. Beyond our biosphere, the entire universe intertwines in this web of interdependence, where clouds carry the rain essential for plant growth.

This dynamic perpetuates through generations, reminding us of our responsibility as stewards of this planet we have inherited and will pass on. Thus, the future state of Earth inevitably depends on our present actions, emphasizing the imperative of collective awareness to preserve our world for future generations.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same .

Martin Luther King

Cultivate our altruistic commitment at all scales

Inspiration requires a careful look at what is oftenless visible, acknowledging both the beauty and the less beautiful aspects. Let’s consider our immediate surroundings, the individuals we encounter in our daily lives, and then broaden our vision to encompass all beings, envisioning a future imbued with altruism.

The regular practice of compassion leads us towards greater altruism. Without training the mind, we risk being overwhelmed by the world’s difficulties and then falling into empathetic distress. Therefore, it is necessary to find a balance between taking care of oneself and taking care of others.

Everyone can engage with the world in some positive way whether it is in their daily lives or on a global level, starting with small gestures that are sources of motivation and joy. It can take various forms, such as minor adjustments to daily life, significant personal or professional choices, individual or collective initiatives.

Global and local altruism

Each and every one of us possesses an altruistic potential that can be cultivated in multiple ways. In our time, altruism has become essential for shaping a better world. To achieve this, we can all implement local actions, integrating them into our daily routines, as well as global actions, to surpass our own boundaries and act in favor of the collective.

The GoodPlanet Foundation, recognized as a public utility, was established in 2005 by Yann Arthus-Bertrand as an extension of his artistic work and commitment. Its mission is to raise awareness among as many people as possible about ecological and solidarity issues and to take concrete action for a more sustainable world in the field, in business, and within communities.

The Nouveau Monde endowment fund finances and supports ambitious projects to develop the practice of mindfulness meditation in France: public awareness, training, applied research, and advocacy.

To know more about our advocacy

Annuel Report 2023

Altruism at the Heart of Action

At the heart of the field

Samjana Gurung, committed to change

Together towards the future

Altruism to shape a better world

Campaign

Women in action

Campaign
Cultivating Altruistic Potential

The New Resilience Program – Altruistic Alliance