Karen Armstrong on TED


Thanks to Saviour Onassis, who sent me a link to this wonderful talk by Karen Armstrong:

It's her speech after winning the 2008 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize, which is

designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

Armstrong's wish is for a "charter for compassion."

She rocks.


I have one of her books, "Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths." Quite good stuff, though I personally lean more towards Joseph Campbell.


I'm so glad you enjoyed this enough to share. Isn't TED just brilliant? What sort of wish do you suppose you would make
to change the world? You should hurry, because according to
Madonna, we only have 4 minutes.


Mr. Nighttime--try "The Spiral Staircase." It's autobiography AND theology, and it's fascinating.

Hi SO--Unfortunately several days have passed since you left your comment, so I guess my four minutes are up. I don't know what I'd wish to change the world, exactly, but it would have something to do with the environment and the way people treat it--I'd wish that we'd do a better job of being caretakers and stewards of our planet. I don't know how I'd suggest we do that; to come up with a plan I'd need some time, and some smart climate scientists and so forth to advise me.

Mr. Nighttime--try "The Spiral Staircase." It's autobiography AND theology, and it's fascinating.

I'll look for it, thanks for the suggestion....

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