This is an important project that promotes compassion, connection, and understanding world-wide. In this new era of hope, I hope that you will watch, then think about and contribute in any way you can. And please spread the word:
Dear TEDizens, short video that went live on the web today. Beautifully filmed and edited by TEDster Jesse Dylan and his team at Form TV, it might just be the most inspiring thing you see this week.
That video, and this website mark the launch of an inspiring global endeavor to celebrate compassion and to promote a new collaboration between the world's religions. What we're doing, starting today, is to begin writing the Charter for Compassion that Karen Armstrong called for earlier this year when she made her TED Prize wish. And the exhilarating twist here is that the writing won't be done behind closed doors. It will be done by you... and perhaps millions of others around the world. Because we're using special collaborative web tools created by the geniuses at Kluster to enable this be truly a charter "created by the world for the world".Charter for Compassion
We urge you to take a moment to watch a
Later this week millions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews will be sent an email inviting them to come to the site and offer their choice of words, in their own language, to help create a charter capable of inspiring the world to focus on what the great religions share, as opposed to what divides them. Already people are responding to this amazing idea with passion and excitement. The goal is to obtain all input from global participants within the next four weeks, select the best contributions with the help of a council of religious "sages", and conduct a major launch of the finished document in 2009.
We'd love you, the TED community, who saw the birth of this idea in March, to be among the first to contribute.
The two things you can do to help now:
1. Help us write the Charter! The first writing phase begins now with the Preamble, a concise explanation of why the Charter is necessary and urgent.
2. Send out the ask to everyone in your network. We want this to be a truly global and diverse document that represents all of our voices.
A very exciting day for the TED Prize. We are honored to have you on this journey with us.
Thank you to all of you who have helped get us this far! And a special thank you to Kluster who have put so much into building this site.