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The Gathering of Kindness USA (GOK USA) is a community-based event sponsored by TNI that brings together community members/patients and healthcare professionals to discuss the challenges and barriers to kindness in the experience of healthcare.  

The 2022 annual Gathering of Kindness USA will be held:
Friday April 8th
8 am - 4:30 pm
at The Hoffman House
323 N. 23rd Street, Allentown PA
at Muhlenberg College.
Registration limited to 50 participants.
Please register below.

Registration for 2022 GOK USA

Are you attending as a community member or healthcare professional?
Are you attending the morning session, the afternoon session or all day?

What is the Gathering of Kindness?

The Gathering of Kindness aims to build, nurture, and instill a culture of kindness throughout  the healthcare system.


Inspiration for this annual conference was drawn from the experience of the original Gathering of Kindness held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2016, that explored how to improve the experience of healthcare through kindness. The first GOK USA Annual Conference was held in 2018, sponsored by The Narrative Initiative.


The event brings together people from inside and outside the healthcare field- actors, clinicians, artists, musicians, and innovators - asking all to imagine that kindness, trust, and respect are the fundamental components of the healthcare system. Through the event, we look for creative pathways to a more compassionate model of healthcare.

The 2022 Gathering of Kindness USA (GOK USA) will be held on Friday April 8th, 2022 at the Hoffman House at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and is sponsored by            The Narrative Initiative.


Hosting a GOK Event

A Gathering of Kindness experience is available to any community or healthcare organization interested in addressing challenges to kindness in their organization.

The Narrative Initiative will work with your team to tailor the event to your organization's needs.

Together, we can build a more kind and compassionate world.

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In 2019, the healthcare play “HEAR ME” made it’s U.S. national debut at the Gathering of Kindness USA where it addressed the tricky issue of medical errors in healthcare. This prompted thoughtful and profound discussions between community members and healthcare professionals on the topic of kindness, safety, and quality of care.

"HEAR ME" was written by the esteemed Australian actor and playwright Alan Hopgood & Dr. Catherine Crock of
The HUSH Foundation. 

The healthcare play “HEAR ME” is also available to any community or healthcare organization interested in using theater to address the important issues of patient safety, medical error, and effective communication in their organization.


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