Whilst not focused specifically upon Rural Development, the Charter for Compassion is a powerful movement encouraging us all to make a commitment to living more compassionate lives.
The Charter of Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems. One of the most urgent tasks of our generation is to build a global community where men and women of all races, nations and ideologies can live together in peace. In our globalized world, everybody has become our neighbor, and the Golden Rule has become an urgent necessity.
The Charter, crafted by people all over the world and drafted by a multi-faith, multi-national council of thinkers and leaders, seeks to change the conversation so that compassion becomes a key word in public and private discourse, making it clear that any ideology that breeds hatred or contempt ~ be it religious or secular ~ has failed the test of our time. It is not simply a statement of principle; it is above all a summons to creative, practical and sustained action to meet the political, moral, religious, social and cultural problems of our time.
This is just a brief video introducing the key concepts - read much more, and get involved at http://charterforcompassion.org
In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.
Atsuko Toda interviewed on national television VT 10, speaking about experiences in the IFAD Viet Nam country programme
In this interesting video interview, shot during the Rome ShareFair 2011, Etienne Wenger talks about Communities of Practice as vehicles of developing strategic capabilities. He touches on issues such as trust, the discourse around knowledge sharing and other areas which are really relevent to us as members of the IFADAsia community.
It would be really great to get your feedback on this, and use it to jump start a discussion about what we would like this community space to become.
Rob Burnet from "A Well Told Story" summarises the key points he made during a keynote speach at the Share Fair