November 22, 2010

Karen Armstrong, the TED Prize and the Charter for Compassion


This picture was taken from the 30th floor of the UN Millennium Hotel in New York City, where a couple Tricyclers were fortunate enough to get together with Karen Armstrong, a historian of religion and recent TED Prize winner, to talk about her latest project The Charter for Compassion. The conversation covered topics ranging from the value of pluralism in the world today to what Armstrong finds so compelling about the Buddha. Keep your eyes peeled for the interview.

The next day we were at the United Nations for a TEDPrize@UN event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Charter for Compassion. Speakers at the event included Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Dr. Fred Luskin, Krista Tippett, Chade-Meng Tan, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Karen Armstrong. The speakers were followed by a musical performance from Salman Ahmad.

Everybody was fantastic, covering topics from the science of forgiveness to corporate compassion and profits to specific, touching stories of what compassion looks like on the ground. You can see them all in the video below. Enjoy!

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