Creating space for transformative conversations
Twelve Days of Compassion with Karen Armstrong
2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue hosted a citywide conversation on compassion with world-renowned author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong as part of the 2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. The Award recognized Ms. Armstrong for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in advancing understanding about and among world religions, and promoting compassion as a way of life.
Karen Armstrong is one of the most provocative thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. In 2008, Ms. Armstrong was awarded the TED Prize in support of her call for a council of religious and spiritual leaders to draw up a “Charter for Compassion.” The resulting Charter applies shared moral priorities to foster greater global understanding, and has grown to a considerable international following.
Outcomes noted in our Community Impact Report include:
- Hosting Armstrong's State of the Charter for Compassion Global Address and the public unveiling of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network, part of an international movement to build compassionate communities.
- Co-launching a compassionate cities initiative to 14 Metro Vancouver municipalities with the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network.
- Promoting curriculum developed by the Vancouver School Board to teach high school students about compassion.
- Creating an ongoing record of compassion by publishing stories of compassion on the internet.
The Centre worked with a network of community partners to hold “Twelve Days of Compassion” over the period March 19–30. The resulting events created 5,500 person-hours of community engagement with live audiences and engaged hundreds-of-thousands more to explore the concept of compassion through regional and national media coverage.
March 20, 2012
Recognizing Karen Armstrong for "outstanding achievement in advancing understanding about and... read more
March 22, 2012
This feature public event included the global “State of the Charter for Compassion”... read more
March 26, 2012
This one-day academic symposium gathered together 100 scholars, researchers, and practitioners... read more
March 28, 2012
This special episode of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club featured Karen Armstrong in conversation... read more
The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who exemplifies, internationally, the spirit and programs of SFU's Centre for Dialogue. Recipients of the award have demonstrated excellence and accomplishments in using dialogue to further complex issues of public importance.