Some of our readers may already be familiar with TED, not the airline but “a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED started in 1984 as a “conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.” You may already have seen videos from TED conferences, shared on the web. This month, TED is launching a new initiative focused on Compassion.
From TED.com: “In February 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and called for the creation of a Charter for Compassion to bring together people of different religions and moral codes in a powerful common cause. The Charter launches November 12, accompanied by thousands of self-organized events, services and sermons. . . To help prepare the way, today on TED.com we offer six talks from six perspectives. Be ready for a surprise. Compassion is not the soft, fuzzy notion you might expect. Indeed, it might just be the best idea humanity’s ever had. From the Leaders from many faiths, science writers and scholars examine the common theme of most world religions and moral codes: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The first 6 videos about the Charter include one from Rabbi Jackie Tabick, the first woman in the UK to be ordained in the Jewish faith, who “has forged a path of inclusiveness from her work’s beginning. . . While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.”
Readers, what do you think about this initiative and the perspectives included?