The TED Prize’s Charter for Compassion reached Pope Benedict XVII this week, just days before the Pope announced to the world that he would be resigning. A plaque engraved with the Charter was presented to the Pope on Wednesday in Vatican City by TED’s European director, Bruno Giussani. The meeting, pictured above, took place on the margins […]
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With a little help from Dave Stewart, actor Djimon Hounsou reads the stirring words of the Charter for Compassion. As it plays, onscreen, visit some of the places around the world — synagogues, mosques, churches, ashrams, even a prison — where the Charter for Compassion is hung and its words are lived.
In the Washington Post today, Peter Storey, one of the architects of the Charter for Compassion, shares his thoughts on the eve of the World Cup in his home of South Africa. Just last month, a plaque of the Charter, which was inspired by Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish, was installed by Archbishop Desmond […]
When Karen Armstrong was given one wish to change the world through the TED Prize, she wished for the creation of a Charter for Compassion. On November 12th, the charter was unveiled to the world, after months of collaborative effort and multi-denominational participation. At launch, over 60 plaques bearing the charter were hung in significant […]
With the launch of the Charter for Compassion, it’s the TED Blog’s pleasure to unveil Karen Armstrong‘s responses to the top 10 questions asked and voted on by the TED and Reddit community. (See all the questions users asked.) She covers the nature of compassion, the history of the conflict in the Middle East, and […]
Pulled from Twitter coverage of the live Charter event: “Compassion is a dangerous dream beacause it rocks the foundations of old interests and gives us new ground to stand on.” Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell “In this room, we have words that make a difference between death and life. Words can bring life and words […]
Outside the Sydney Opera House, an ecumenical group holds the Yves Béhar-designed plaque for the Charter for Compassion.
This morning at 10am, Karen Armstrong unveiled the powerful text of the Charter for Compassion — the culmination of her 2008 TED Prize wish. Read and affirm the text of the Charter for Compassion >> The Charter for Compassion asks that people of all religions and moral codes to recognize the core value we share […]
In February 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made her wish — to create a Charter for Compassion, a document about the core shared value of every world religion and moral code, the Golden Rule. This document will be released to the world on November 12, the result of months of collaborative work […]
Ask her anything >> Religious thinker Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events. She argues that compassion is the core, fundamental idea behind the three Abrahamic religions, and […]
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion’s role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world’s faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 09:55) Twitter URL: […]
A TED Prize wish is about to be granted. We’d love you to participate. On Sunday, September 27, 1pm PDT, TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong, joined by 4 Nobel laureates — the Dalai Lama, Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Betty Williams — will unveil plans for the launch of the Charter for Compassion. The […]
Tomorrow at 1pm PDT, watch Karen Armstrong talk with the Dalai Lama and other Nobelists in a live webcast from the Vancouver Peace Summit. To learn more about the summit, and the extraordinary group that is hosting it, start with this interview with Victor Chan, a founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and […]
Minutes ago, religious scholar Karen Armstrong, winner of a 2008 TED Prize, spoke about her wish, The Charter for Compassion, to the audience at TEDGlobal 2009. The Charter aims to bring the golden rule back into a global focus. Currently, religious leaders of many faiths are working together in crafting this document for peace, which […]
Cross-posted to the TED Prize blog: Last week, an amazing group of religious thinkers and leaders, the Council of Conscience, met outside of Geneva to finalize the Charter for Compassion. Previously called the Council of Sages, the group consists of individuals from the five major religions and almost every continent. The Councilors spent two days […]
Watch Karen Armstrong make her audacious wish during the TED Prize session at TED2008: