World Kindness Movement

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The World Kindness Movement (WKM) Is the peak global kindness body, a movement with no religious or political affiliation. The WKM’s chief object is to foster goodwill among the broad community – local, national and international – by way of collaborations in kindness and in so doing, create greater understanding and co-operation between all people and all nations throughout the world. WKM is a worldwide coalition of various kindness movements—organizations that study and promote improved individual and collective human behavior. The movement was initially conceptualized in 1997 with the aim of bringing like minded kindness movements across the globe together. The current members of the movement represent 27 nations including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Nepal, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.


The idea of a World Kindness Movement was conceived at a Tokyo conference in 1996 when founders of the Small Kindness Movement in Japan brought together like-minded individuals from around the world who had started kindness movements in their own countries. They were led by Dr. Wataru Mori, a physician in Tokyo, who envisioned that a more compassionate and peaceful world could be achieved if a critical mass of acts of kindness was ignited.[1]

Cosmos bipinnatus, official flower of the World Kindness Movement

A second conference was held in 1997 in which the World Kindness Movement was formed. The founding members of the movement were Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.[2]

During the 1999 World Kindness Movement conference in Tokyo, the cosmos bipinnatus was adopted as the official flower for the organization.[3]

The movement was then officially launched in Singapore in November 2000 at the Third WKM Conference, hosted by the Singapore Kindness Movement. The conference saw 33 delegates from 22 countries.[4]

In 2003, the Singapore Kindness Movement assumed the role of secretariat of the movement.[5] The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is one of the United States delegates of the movement.[6]

General Assemblies[edit]

(Hosted every two years by a different nation for members, observers and Interested parties)[edit]

In 1997 a second conference was held in which the World Kindness Movement was formed. The founding members of the movement were Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. During the 1999 World Kindness Movement conference in Tokyo, the "cosmos bipinnatus" was adopted as the official flower for the organization.
in November 2000 The movement was then officially launched in Singapore at the Third WKM Conference, hosted by the Singapore Kindness Movement. The conference saw 33 delegates from 22 countries discussing in attendance
In 2003, Singapore assumed the role of secretariat

2005 Parma Italy hosted by the Movimento Italiano per la Gentilezza

2007 Singapore hosted by the Singapore Kindness Movement

2010 the 6th General Assembly was hosted by Australia in Sydney for the first time at the Conservatorium of Music where Singapore indicated it wished to pass the kindness torch on and see the secretariat hosted by another nation referring to the 6th General Assembly host as a potential secretariat in waiting. The meeting was chaired by Mr Rodney Tan, Vice President of Singapore Kindness Movement. Many ideas were put forward including adopting a yellow flower hand out for World Kindness Day on 13 November and giving thought to establishing a World Kindness Youth Council. Delegates were taken to Rose Bay Secondary College where teachers and students hosted a morning tea and presented the school initiative for kindness.[7] Using the school's radio studio, they taped a student interview with Michelle Tay from Singapore and Will Glennon from the USA.

2012 On 20 September, the 7th General Assembly in London, hosted by Kindness UK, Australia was officially appointed as the new secretariat with Mr Michael Lloyd-White, Chairman and Founding Director of World Kindness Australia, being elected by the international members as the General Secretary. The assembly brought significant constitutional changes, which now include an International Council and the change to a generic domain name of The conference was attended by the USA, Japan, South Korea, China, UK, Italy, India, Singapore, and Australia, with observers from Spain and Switzerland. New members from the USA attended for the first time. Life Vest Inside, Random Acts of Kindness, The Be Kind People Project, and Perfetti Van Melle (PVM China) made début presentations. The meeting closed with a signing ceremony that declared continued support for the endeavours of WKM. In addition there was an undertaking by members to implement global strategies through unified and collaborative approach to new ideas where the outcome will see all nations united in a common goal for a kinder world. As a new member from the USA, Life Vest Inside, will be coordinating with other nations a global Flash Mob "Dance for Kindness" on 18 November to highlight World Kindness Week.[8]

2014 8th World Kindness Movement General Assembly hosted in Sydney Australia 2014 17–19 September 8th General Assembly Sydney Australia - Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson provide Letters of Support.

16 September Lord Mayor of City of Sydney host welcome reception hosted by Cr Christine Forster (Sister to Prime Minister of Australia Hon Tony Abbott PM)

17 September Distinguished panel "What Does Kindness Mean?" Q&A Commissioner Human Rights, Mr Tim Wilson, Ms Eva Cox, Activist Author Academic Ms Pavalli Sinha Immigration Human Rights Lawyer and Academic.

17 September French Consulate host Welcome reception for WKM delegates and Consular Generals from Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Thailand.

18 September Cities present Initiatives Councillors and representatives from City Avignon (France), Cr Glenn Tozer City Of Gold Coast (Aust) City of Bangkok (Thailand) Cr Miriam Guttman Jones Waverly (Aust) Cr Noel Desouza Randwick (Aust)

18 September 1st World Kindness Movement Youth Council General Assembly hosted at University of Sydney Women's College.

18 September NSW Parliament Gala Dinner hosted by Youth Council Amendments were made to the constitution on the recommendations of the 3rd International Council meeting in Hong Kong with the following unanimous resolutions resulting at the 8th General Assembly; the formation of "The World Kindness Movement Youth Council" (WKMYC) forming part of WKM and meeting in conjunction with the WKM General Assemblies (Ages 17–24)

(Following this motion the 1st WKMYC General Assembly was held at the Women's College on the grounds of The University of Sydney on Thursday 18 September and reported its outcomes providing a list of executive appointments at the Members Dining Room in the NSW Parliament House.

The USA has been appointed as the Chair Grady McDermitt 17yrs old San Diego USA with Australia appointed as the Secretary, Daniella Lucci 17 yrs old Sydney Sutherland Shire)

Constitutional Amendments resolved include:

WKM shall endorse peak national bodies and regional bodies (e.g. World Kindness USA and or World Kindness Movement EU) subject to recommendation from the WKM International Council and criteria being met.

WKM shall officially list cities as "World Kindness Cities" subject to cities meeting criteria and with the recommendation from the WKM International Council and the peak national bodies respectively.

(Following the resolution of this motion World Kindness Australia, World Kindness India, World Kindness Korea, World Kindness Thailand, World Kindness Nigeria and World Kindness China have all been endorsed as the peak national body representing their respective country)

2015 25 Sept Former non member nations who have had their applications approved include Liberia - Mexico - Malaysia - Pakistan plus Additional organisations from existing Member Nations Canada (Kind Canada) and the UK (Incredible Me) Included Skype call to Kindness Pakistan.

2015 26 Sept Launch event in Avignon France for France's peak national body, World Kindness France.

2015 September 28 29 7th WKM International Council Meeting Avignon Paris France. It was announced that Love for the Elderly would be joining the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness USA, with founder Jacob Cramer – age 15 – as the youngest representative at the World Kindness Movement.

2017 August 31st to Sept 3rd September Seoul South Korea 9th General Assembly

International Council (IC)[edit]

IC meets a minimum 4 times per year including an annual face to face meeting.[edit]

2012 23rd November London United Kingdom the Voting for the International Council concluded. The International Council is the Governing Body through the Secretariat. Positions will be up for election in 2014 at the 8th General Assembly Office Bearers - President Ms Jin Heo South Korea | Vice President Ms Lidia Kemeny Canada | Treasurer Ms Nirmala Mehendale India |'General Secretary' Mr Michael Lloyd-White Australia |'Executive Members' Mr Ade Adenekan Nigeria | Mr Will Glennon USA| Ms Miriam Guttman-Jones Australia | Ms Marcia Meyer USA| Ms Orly Wahba USA

  • February 2013 Switzerland joined the global campaign becoming an official member of WKM
  • 13 June 2013 Japan celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Tokyo
  • 21 June 2013 World Kindness China's membership application was approved
  • 5 July 2013 Thailand became a member of the peak global body.

2013 21st August Hong Kong The 3rd International Council Meeting attended by Ms Jin Heo, President, (South Korea) Mr Michael Lloyd-White, General Secretary (Australia), Ms Nirmala Mehendale Treasurer(India)Ms Orly Wahba Executive Member (USA)Mr. Stephen Oke, Executive Member (Nigeria) and observers from Switzerland (Member), Argentina, China (Member), Malaysia, Thailand (Member) Croatia 22 August World Kindness China launches campaign in Hong Kong and receives a Welcome Message from the Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Kevin Rudd PM

2014 16th Sept"" Sydney Australia 4th International Council Meeting on 19 September 2014 our International Member nations in attendance of the 8th General Assembly have appointed a new International Council to fulfill the objectives and continue to steer WKM to achieve its goals. They are the following;

President South Korea, Ms Jin Heo, Second term Vice President Switzerland, Ms Cristina Milani, First Term Treasurer India, Ms Nirmala Mehendale-Peters, Second Term General Secretary Australia, Mr Michael Lloyd-White Second Term Executive Member Nigeria, Mr Stephen Oke Second Term Executive Member, Thailand, Mr Danai Chanchaochai First Term Executive Member China, Mr Roman Fong First Term Executive Member Australia, Mr Craig Spence First Term Executive Member France, Ms Sabine Devlieger First Term Executive Member USA, Ms Jill McManigal First Term Please join me in thanking the retiring Executive Members Vice President, Canada Ms Lidia Kemeny Executive Member, USA Mr Will Glennon Executive Member, USA, Ms Marcia Meyer Executive Member, USA, Ms Orly Wahba Executive Member, Australia Ms Miriam Guttman-Jones

2015 26th June Paris France and Avignon 8th International Council Meeting Present Australia, Present Australia. Canada, France, India, South Korea, Switzerland, Nigeria with apologies from Thailand and China. Ms Nancy Oakley COO, Kind Canada was officially presented with their Membership Certificate to the global campaign. The IC drafted a response to the Prime Minister of Thailand which was hand delivered in Bangkok by the WKM General Secretary immediately following the close of the 8th IC Meeting.

2016 29th September Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 20th International Council Meeting in Kuala Lumpur to participate in a SWOT analysis of WKM and review constitution in prepararation for registration in Geneva.  Muhammad (Matt) bin Kamarulaziai Co Founder of Kindness Malaysia was officially presented with their Certiciate of Membership to the global campaign.

World Kindness Day 13th November[edit]

The date decreed for World Kindness Day is 13 November. This was the opening day of the first World Kindness Movement conference held at Tokyo in 1998, and the 35th anniversary of the Small Kindness Movement of Japan, which initially brought the signatories of the ‘Declaration of Kindness’ of the World Kindness Movement together in 1997.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sweet Milk of Human Kindness". Africa News. 7 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Celebrating kindness". The Hindu. 10 June 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cosmo Flowers". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "World Kindness-Kind Acts". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  5. ^ Trish Clancy (2007). Kindness around the world. World Kindness Movement. ISBN 978-981-05-9260-8. 
  6. ^ "Random Acts of Kindness - About Us". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  7. ^ "World Kindness and RBSC". RBSC. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Australia's World Kindness Movement (video)". Channel/. Australia: Yahoo!7. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "World Kindness Day - Australian Kindness Movement". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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