TED Partners with the United Nations for TEDPrize@UN

By Ted Conferences, PRNE
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TEDPrize@UN celebrates the one-year anniversary of TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong's Charter for Compassion with a unique TED session, to be livestreamed globally, featuring a variety of speakers addressing "Creating a Compassionate World"

NEW YORK, November 17, 2010 - November 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of the Charter for
Compassion, and for the first time ever, the UN will be co-hosting a unique
TED Prize session themed around compassion in action.

The celebratory TED event will be moderated by TED curator Chris
. Featured speakers will include TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong,
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chautauqua Institute's Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell,
American Public Radio's Krista Tippet and Google's resident "Jolly Good
Fellow" Chade-Meng Tan. Rainn Wilson will narrate the Charter for
Compassion's year recap video, and UN Goodwill Ambassador Salman Ahmad will
perform his new Peter Gabriel collaboration, "Open Your Eyes." TEDPrize@UN
will spark stimulating conversations about compassion's role within religion,
society, politics and commerce.

"TEDPrize@UN is a celebration of all the Charter has accomplished, as
well as a challenge for people to take it one step further in their lives,"
said Chris Anderson, curator of TED and the moderator for TEDPrize@UN. "TED
celebrates 'Ideas worth spreading,' and you can argue that compassion is the
best idea humankind has ever had."

"Sadly, we hear little about compassion these days, but it's hard to
think of a time when the compassionate voice of religion and morality has
been so sorely needed," said Karen Armstrong, who was awarded the TED Prize
in 2008. "If we want to preserve our humanity, we must make the compassionate
voice of religion and morality a vibrant and dynamic force in our polarized

Launching at the TEDPrize@UN event, a new online call to action will be
offered through the Charter's web site.

In 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize granting her "one wish to
change the world." Her wish: to create the Charter for Compassion. Throughout
the next year, Karen collaborated with religious leaders around the world to
create the Charter for Compassion-a document encouraging people of any faith,
ethnicity or political stripe to weave compassion into their everyday lives.
With recent support from the Fetzer Institute, the Charter for Compassion
team will now support specific initiatives around youth, religious and
interfaith life, and compassionate cities.

WHERE: United Nations Building

LIVESTREAM: charterforcompassion.org/charterevent/

WHEN: November 18, 2010 | 11am-1pm EST

WHO: Hosted by the Charter for Compassion and TED

MEDIA: Media in the New York area are invited to attend the event. Media
attendees will be given an early copy of Karen Armstrong's new book and be
able to attend the luncheon following the talks. Please contact
nstipp@fenton.com to RSVP for the event. Seating is extremely limited, so
your prompt response is appreciated.

KAREN ARMSTRONG MEDIA AVAILABILITY: November 17, 2010 | 1-5pm GMT. Media
interested in media interviews before TEDPrize@UN please contact


The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference
and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators and creators to
change the world one Wish at a time. The reward: $100,000, the TED
Community's array of talent and expertise, and the leadership of a TED Prize
team led by Amy Novogratz. What began as an experiment to leverage the
resources of the TED Community has evolved into a true movement for global
change. From Bono's the ONE Campaign ('05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver's Food
Revolution ('10 recipient) to 2011's winner, the street artist JR, the TED
Prize is helping to combat poverty, protect our oceans, take on religious
intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education,
and inspire art around the world. For more information on the TED Prize,
visit www.tedprize.org.


In 2008 Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize of $100,000 to achieve "one
wish to change the world." Her desire was to impact the violence attributed
to religion around the world and to remind people of the recurring theme at
the heart of most major religions-the Golden Rule. Launched in November 2009
at www.charterforcompassion.org, the Charter for Compassion transcends
religious, ideological and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers
from many traditions, the Charter has inspired community-based acts of
compassion all over the world. With recent support from the Fetzer Institute,
the Charter for Compassion team will support specific initiatives around
youth, religious and interfaith life, and compassionate cities.


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started
as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support
those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED
Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18
minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers
have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir
Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference
takes place in Long Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in
Edinburgh, Scotland. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new
TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides
subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk
to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED
Prize, where three exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world
are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; the TED Fellows
program, supporting up-and-coming worldchangers; and TEDx, which offers
individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the
world. Follow TED on Twitter, twitter.com/tedtalks, or on Facebook,

TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," will be held Feb. 27-March 4, 2011,
in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm
Springs, California
. TEDGlobal 2011, "The Stuff of Life," will be held July
13-16, 2010
, in Edinburgh, Scotland.


The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit, private operating foundation based
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Established by broadcast pioneer John E. Fetzer
(1901-1991), the Institute uses its philanthropic resources to create
programs that foster awareness of the power that love, forgiveness, and
compassion can have in our world. With an endowment of $380 million, the
Institute dedicates approximately $20 million annually toward its programming

To RSVP for the event, +1-212-346-9333, nstipp at fenton.com

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