Compassion is fundamental to all the major religions of the world, yet it wasn’t until 2008 that one woman wished for this guiding principle to help us change the world. The TED Prize is an annually opportunity awarded to a visionary whose idea for collaborative work could inform far-reaching impact. Karen Armstrong, one of the foremost religion scholars in the world, was honored with the award in 2008.
For her wish, she asked TED to help her create, launch and propagate a “Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.”
From this wish emerged…
- A guiding document, The Charter for Compassion
- A guidebook for the journey, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
- An advisory body for the Charter, the Global Compassion Council
- A network of Partners arranged by interest: Business, Education, Health Care, Peace & Non-Violence, Religion & Spirituality, and Environment
- A network of Cities, Compassionate Cities
- A competition between the Cities, the Compassion Games
- A partnership program to support the work of the Charter
- A Charter blog
- The Voices Compassion Education network
For us, the next chapter in the story of Compassion is the initiative right here in St. Louis.