The World Kindness Movement
WKM is an international movement with no political or religious affiliations. The formation of the organisation crystallised at a conference in Tokyo in 1997 when Japan brought together like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. It is now recognised as the peak global body for Kindness, . The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. Members of the movement include over 25 nations with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Scotland, South Korea,Switzerland,Thailand, United Arab Emerites, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
Following the elections at the London 7th General Assembly in 2012 the kindness torch was passed from Singapore to Australia for the first time, Australia was appointed as the organisation’s Secretariat. The 8th General Assembly in 2014 saw Australia reelected to serve a second term with the expectation to implement the global strategies developed to bring about positive change whereby all nations of the world can be united under a Coalition of the Good-willing. The current members of WKM’s International Council represent South Korea, Switzerland, India, Australia, France, Nigeria, China, Thailand and the USA who strive to inspire its members and our world leaders, that the vision of a kinder world can be realised in our lifetime
The International Council
The International Council is elected every two years at the General Assembly to act as the board of The World Kindness Movement. Click to view 2014 – 2016 Elected Executive
Executive Officers 2014 – 2016
Stephen Oke (World Kindness Nigeria)
Roman Fong (World Kindness China)
Danai Chanchachao (World Kindness Thailand)
Sabine Devlieger (World Kindness France)
Craig Spence (World Kindness Australia)
Jill McManigal (USA on leave)
The idea behind the World Kindness Movement (WKM) crystallised at a conference in Tokyo in 1997 when the Small Kindness Movement of Japan brought together like-minded kindness movements from around the world. The WKM was officially launched in Singapore on 18 November 2000 at the 3rd WKM Conference. The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. The WKM encourages individuals of other nations to establish kindness movements within their countries and collaborate on global initiatives through membership to The World Kindness Movement.
June 2015 World Kindness France is formed following the 8th General Assembly with the assistance of French Consular De General to Sydney, Mr Eric Berti with Sabine Devlieger founder, Gentillesse Benevloence Province launched in Avignon to coincide with the Avignon Festival’s youth rally and the WKM 8th International Council Meeting. In addition to World Kindness France a number of membership applications were accepted which include organisations from:
- Canada, Kind Canada Généreux
- Malaysia, Kindness Malaysia
- Pakistan, Green Kindness Angels /Green Living Association
- Mexico, Ocurrencias, para la Educacion’ Sabiduri’a A.C
June 2015 The Cabinet of the Thai Prime Minister meet and vote agreeing in principal to host the first World Leaders Kindness Summit in 2016. This was also an outcome from the General Assembly where world Kindness Thailand moved the motion and formally request the WKM secretariat write directly to the Prime Minister of Thailand. This becomes another driver for for convening the 8th International Council meeting in France. The Secretariat meet with government representatives tin Bangkok to deliver the International Council’s response.
February 2015 World Kindness Liberia is formed and accepted as an official member to the Movement. This is a milestone in that the country had suffered greatly due to the Ebola virus
November 2014 3rd Global Flashmob Dance for Kindness held in over 60 cities coordinated by Ms Orly Wahba Life Vest Inside where many of our members collaborate in a global flashmob.
September 2014 The 8th General Assembly is held in Sydney new members from France and USA presented at NSW Parliament House with the official Certificates of Membership. The President returns the Kindness Card 0000 549 to its point of origin in Sydney Australia to acknowledge the nation, city and state for hosting the event, This card has now traveled twice around the globe with 86,000 km. Dignitaries from respective governments were in attendance with the Premier of NSW providing Message of Support.
- The 1st WKM Youth Council took place at the University of Sydney. The USA was appointed as the Chair and Australia was elected to the Secretariat position.
- Motions resolved to enable listing of Cities as either World Kindness Cities or World Kindness Destinations subject to meeting the criteria and being approved by the International Council
- WKM Awards are being developed for film, photography, art, public speaking on the theme of kindness.
June 2014 World Kindness Card 000549 arrives in Mumbai India after travelling 56,000km collecting miles and smiles
May 2014 City Of Sydney becomes first Capital City In The World To Join the World Kindness Campaign. All duly elected Councillors unanimously resolve motion by Cr Christine Forster to sign a Declaration of Support and appoint Goodwill Ambassadors. January 2014 Ukraine joins the World Kindness Movement represented by Mr Vitaly Milysh from Community Foundation Dobrovit November 2013 2nd Global Flashmob Dance for Kindness held in over 60 cities coordinated by Ms Orly Wahba Life Vest Inside August 2013 World Kindness China hosts International Council meeting in Hong Kong. August 2013 World Kindness China becomes official member of the World Kindness Movement. August 2013 Australian Prime Minister The Honourable Kevin Rudd PM delivers Message of Support for China joining the global campaign for a kinder world. May 2013 Thailand Joins World Kindness Movement Mr Dania Chanchaochai receives his certificate of Membership from the General Secretary Mr Michael Lloyd-White and The President Ms Jin Heo South Korea March 2013 Japan celebrates 50th Anniversary Small Kindness Movement Japan, Where it all began March 2013 World First University Scholarship for World Kindness launched by the University of Sydney Elite Sports Scholarship February 2013 Switzerland ( becomes official Member of the World Kindness Movement represented by Cristina Milani from Gentletude Switzerland November 2012 First Global Flashmob Dance for Kindness Launched in 16 countries and 33 cities around the world, Co-ordinated by Ms Orly Wahba Lifevest Inside September 2012 7th General Assembly London - Elects World Kindness Australia to secretariat role. May 2011 World Kindness Australia formed and officially joined WKM following the 2010 General Assembly in Sydney 28-30 September 2010 Mr Michael Lloyd-White organised the Sixth Conference of the World Kindness Movement (WKM) in Sydney, Australia partnering with the Department of Education and the NSW Federation of P&C Associations. 15-17 November 2007 The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) organised the Fifth Conference of the World Kindness Movement (WKM) in Singapore. 3-7 May 2005 The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) acting as the World Kindness Movement (WKM) Secretariat and the Italian Kindness Movement (Movimento Italiano della Gentilezza) organised the Fourth Conference of the World Kindness Movement (WKM) in Parma, Italy. 17-18 November 2000 The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) hosted the Third Conference of the World Kindness Movement (WKM) on 17 and 18 November 2000. Representatives from ASEAN countries and Italy as well as WKM members from Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Scotland, Thailand and the United States attended the event. 5-6 November 1999 Second WKM Conference held in Tokyo. A WKM logo was adopted. 8 April 1999 Launch of the WKM website at www.worldkindness.org.sg The website has Internet and e-mail links to all members. 13 November 1998 First WKM Conference held in Tokyo. It was agreed that World Kindness Day would be held on 13 November each year. 20 September 1997 The Declaration to establish the WKM was signed.