Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion
What are the goals of the Compassionate Action Network?
CAN International Institute Distinguished Advisory Fellow Karen Armstrong received the 2008 TED Prize. Her wish: a Charter for Compassion.
Karen and the Charter are the inspiration for the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities and the work of CAN International Institute.
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Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.
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Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion — ourselves.
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Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.
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Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business — and its bold side projects. Recorded at the TED@UN event in November, 2010. The Institute's Ari Cowan, along with the Institute's Distinguished Advisory Fellow Karen Armstrong, gave a luncheon presentation at that event.
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In 2003, the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive groves. Did you hear about it? Didn't think so. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha asks why we only pay attention to violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict -- and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace.
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