Friday, November 14, 2008

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?

The Charter for Compassion may seem a little off-topic for this blog, but we all could use a little bit of love these days. It's a project that is attempting to build bridges among religions and cultures based on a common foundation: the Golden Rule, variants of which exist in all religions as well as in almost every nook and cranny of human society.

Conceived by Karen Armstrong, an authority on comparative religions, the idea won the TEDPrize, awarded by TED Conferences. The TEDblog has several posts on the project, including one that embeds a video that is being translated and captioned by volunteers using the dotSUB platform.

TED is a wonderful source for short (generally under 20 minute) videos featuring interesting talks by fascinating speakers that I download to my Blackberry for train viewing. And I've done some work with the folks at dotSUB; they have developed a great tool for translating and captioning video content over the Internet.

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