Join a Sector

join a sectorWhen religious scholar Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize in 2008 and made her wish, “it took our breath away with its simplicity and power,” Chris Anderson, curator at the time for the TED organization, told the crowd assembled to watch the global launch of the “Charter for Compassion” on Nov. 12, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The TED prize is awarded annually to the three speakers with the best ideas.
The wish made by Armstrong, who has authored more than 20 books on the role of religion in the modern world, including many on Islam, could truly change the world.“ When she unveiled her idea, we just stood up and cheered,” Anderson recalled. Armstrong wished for help to create a “Charter for Compassion” to remind people of the core similarity that lies at the heart of all religions—the Golden Rule. Jesus urged his followers to ”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” five centuries after Confucius taught his students this same fundamental philosophy.
“Compassion is not the feeling of good will or pity,” Armstrong explained. “Instead, it is the principled determination to put ourselves into the place of the other [that] lies at the heart of all truly religious and ethical systems...The Golden Rule requires that we use empathy. We should refuse, under any circumstance, to carry out actions which would cause harm.
The Charter started out differently from the very beginning bringing forth an invitation for the world to start working differently urging individuals to embrace and act on the Golden Rule.  We have evolved significantly since 2008.  The idea of partners was there from the very beginning realizing that there was a need for many ideas and hands to bring about transformation in the world.  The concept of a compassionate community followed when Seattle, WA, USA, became the first Compassionate City, followed by Louisville, KY, USA, soon after.  Today the Charter for Compassion continues its work in Compassionate Communities around the globe and with partners in those communities.  Partners are collaboratively aligned to interact together as needs within and outside their communities materialize.

In the Compassion Wheel of Co-Creation illustration above you will see that currently the Charter works with sectors in the arts, business, education, environment, health, peace, religion/interfaith/spirituality for the earth (RISE), science and research, social and restorative justice, social services, and gender relations. Each sector has a team, and these teams interact with one another, and with the total operation of the Charter itself.  Sectors are always looking to involve new people in their work.  If you have an interest being a part of any one of the sectors let us know.  It may help to explore your interest by filling out our volunteer form. There is much to do: maintain information on our website, create webinars, conduct research, attend meetings with other sectors, help work with compassionate cities.

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