With a focus on the practice of compassion as an indispensable tool for nonviolent conflict resolution in the 21st century, the Charter for Compassion launched a new blog by Aberjhani on February 3, 2017.
"The timing of the launch," said the author, "could not be better as we are seeing escalations of contentious engagements at just about every level in every area of human activity."
The first blog entry, Considering Strategic Advantages of Compassion in 2017, was co-published at Bright Skylark Literary Productions. However, the new Charter blog will feature primarily original posts like the following:
The blog also showcases a series of digital posters illustrating central themes and principle values demonstrated by Charter for Compassion.
The organization, founded by noted author and compassion advocate Karen Armstrong, has long hosted blogs by contributors interested in helping to resolve humanity's most pressing challenges by means that promote sustainable coexistence. These include: "street therapist" David Breaux, author John Smelcer, photographer Steve Kaye, a TED ED Blog of Charter Stories, and a Women and Girls Blog.
Aberjhani has previously contributed articles to the organization's Voices Education Project and is one of its Arts Partners. On top of the current intensified political polarization in America, the need to increase responsiveness globally to such issues as climate change, domestic violence, and ending the education divide prompted the author to accept Charter for Compassion's invitation to publish the new blog.
Bright Skylark Literary Productions News Notes
In his first interview of the year 2015, Aberjhani discusses with Poetry Life & Times editors Sara L. Russell and Robin Ouzman Hislop everything from what first inspired him to begin writing poetry as a teenager to current books and multimedia works in progress. The new interview has posted just in time for World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month (April) 2015.
Cover for a proposed book of quotations by Aberjhani.
The idea of a book of quotations by Aberjhani, a notion which has been floating around even before excerpts from his work started taking on a life of their own all across the Internet on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter, may be on its way to becoming a published reality.
It started initially with responses to his early commentaries on different writers’ posts on AuthorsDen and at Creative Thinkers International. The idea remained mostly an interesting possibility until 2012. That was when the rate of circulated excerpts began increasing weekly and various readers and micro-bloggers expressed a decisive preference for access to themed work in this format.
Blog forum discussions and an increasing number of websites featuring full pages of quotations by the author indicate the time has arrived to make available a pocket-sized book with a more substantial collection than what is currently presented on the Internet. In addition, a number of individuals celebrated as much for their humanitarian outlook as for their cultural artistry have demonstrated the inspirational and educational value of such quotes in the digital age.
Providing a comprehensive collection in book form––drawing from works in nearly every literary genre––represents a logical step forward that could easily benefit readers, booksellers, libraries, and schools. At this point, a publisher for the proposed volume has not been confirmed but the possibility of an author-published collection should probably not be ruled out either.