Karen Armstrong creates a Charter for Compassion

The wish

Charter for Compassion

The winner

Karen Armstrong

The year


I wish that you would help with the creation, launch and propagation of a Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.

The plan

Engage diverse religious communities and the public to collaborate and write a Charter for Compassion, with the Golden Rule at its ethical core. Bring a voice to the Charter and spread it worldwide by using social media, a global partner network and by distributing physical copies of the Charter to showcase it in cities, schools and religious spaces.

Current status

The Charter for Compassion is coming to life through a rapidly growing global movement. In May 2013, the Dalai Lama said the Compassionate Cities campaign is one of the most important activities on the planet. Charter Partners have created a Compassionate School Network in Pakistan, a Dutch Compassion Award and Stanford researchers are showing businesses why compassion is good for the bottom line, plus much more.

Get involved

  1. Share with your networks and sign the Charter for Compassion
  2. Start a Compassionate City campaign in your community
  3. Spread the word by joining the Charter community on Facebook

Karen's bio

Karen Armstrong is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.
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