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Charter for Compassion
The Charter for Compassion, the result of Karen Armstrongs 2008 TED Prize wish, is funded by the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Charter itself was, in the words of the website, unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009. The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and is given the opportunity to make One Wish to Change the World.
New York, New York
The organisations goal is to use this brief, four-paragraph Charter as a means of bringing awareness to a critical mass of humanity that in our globalised world.
CFC is a cooperative effort to restore compassionate thinking and action to the center of religious, moral and political life. CFC defines compassion as the principled determination to put ourselves into the shoes of the other and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems. The organisations tagline is the best idea humanity has ever had.
Signing the Charter is meant not only as the individuals lifelong commitment to live with compassion but as a collective summons to creative, practical and sustained action to meet the political, moral, religious, social and cultural problems of our time.
CFCs approach is mainly consciousness-raising. As of June 30, 2011, some 73,227 persons had signed the Charter. Using the power of the internet, including their dedicated website and such electronic social networks as Facebook and Twitter as well as the programs and activities noted below, CFC intends to increase that number geometrically until living with compassion becomes a household concept worldwide. Currently the website is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew.
Supported by major donors and collaborative partners, for example the Council of Conscience, a multi-faith, multi-national group of religious thinkers and leaders, reviewed and sorted through all the world's contributions to craft the final Charter.
The Charter is the single most important feature and the basis of other programs and events, for instance, discussion groups. The actual programs are organized into three categories: Learn, Share, and Act. To do so, one makes one or more commitments for being compassionate in the world and supplies contact information, a photo, and background information. One is also invited to share relevant stories and participate in CFC-related events.
55 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. Tel. +1-212-346-9333