When she spoke at the TED Conference in Monterey in 2008, she had been awarded the highest honor TED bestows: named a recipient of the TED Prize, which carries a stipend of $100,000 plus the right to express a wish that will change the world, and invite TEDsters and any other willing participants to turn the wish into reality. Here is the video of the talk in which she formulated her wish:
You may watch the talk in high-res video, or download it in other formats from this page. There is a YouTube video here which describes the project she launched, the Charter for Compassion. And here is a page where you can learn more about the progress made thus far on realizing Karen Armstrong's wish, including a video update presented at the TED 2009 gathering.
As you may imagine, my blogging schedule will be light over the next few weeks, although I will (if the WiFi connections work) try to post some updates from TEDGlobal 2009. Use the Guide to This Site at the right to immerse yourself in any of the topics covered by this blog. By the time I return, I should be refreshed and ready to take up the cudgel once more.