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Seven Emergent Questions From My India Trip Posted by Nipun Mehta, Mar 08 2014 At the end of October, I was invited to keynote a conference and they had kindly covered my travel expense. I didn't have any commitments beyond that, but one thing led to another and I traveled a crazy bunch, from Delhi to Hyderabad to Udaipur to Surat to Bangalore Bombay to Ahmedabad and beyond. Multiple events practically everyday, across diverse communities -- sharing stories in fronts of many thousands, sitting in dozens of Awakin Circles in living rooms of kindred friends, cultivating many-to-many networks in 10+ retreats across India, and nurturing umpteen transformation-driven projects. None of it was planned. When Guri joined at the end of two months, I remember telling her: "I think I've just spent couple of dollars on this whole trip." Everywhere, people were covering all the bases, new value generated was far greater than those costs -- and people kept inviting and contributing, as a mini gratitude ... Read Full Story
I Am In The Process Of ... Posted by Birju Pandya, Mar 08 2014 I am in the process of reading a book I am finding quite insightful, called ‘Old Path, White Clouds’, by Thich Nhat Hanh. The book is a bit of a biography on the life of the Buddha (Siddhartha). One recent passage that struck me was a comment made about practicing stillness and service in a group: Before the Buddha left the three monks, he spoke to them, “Monks, the very nature of a noble community is harmony. I believe harmony can be realized by following these principles: “1. Sharing a common space such as a forest or home. “2. Sharing the essentials of daily life together. “3. Observing the precepts together. “4. Using only words that contribute to harmony, avoiding all words that can cause the community to break. “5. Sharing insights and understanding together. “6. Respecting others’ viewpoints and not forcing another to follow your own viewpoint. “A noble community that follows these principles will have happiness and harmony. Monks, let us always observe these six principles.”
A 25-Year-Old's Stunning Talk On Selfless Service Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 08 2014 Nipun Mehta gave his first public talk at a monastery. He was 25 years old and the subject was "The Spirit of Service" At the time Nipun was just a few years into running ServiceSpace, a non-profit whose global projects now touch millions and are designed to spark generosity and inner transformation. In this debut talk Nipun dives into the core of what selfless service is about. With compelling clarity he offers up a wealth of stories, insights and reflections, giving us a glimpse of the vast potential we each have to be of service in this world. [Full Story]
... Posted by Radha Ivaturi, Mar 07 2014 'Good-hearted boy': 8-year-old pays off overdue lunch accounts - TODAY.com For most 8-year-olds, helping out a friend at lunchtime might involve sharing a snack or making a mutually beneficial trade. But when...
A Few Months Ago I Posted ... Posted by Sarah Mozelle, Mar 07 2014 A few months ago I posted about an open-source altar that I was starting at my local spiritual center, which also hosts a Thursday Awakin circle. The altar debuted in early January and it has held a fascinating flow of objects as they have been offered and taken. In fact, the energy of the altar has transformed an entire corner of the main room into an intimate chapel of sorts. We asked that objects not be something that had been purchased, rather a one-time gift that one was ready to pass along, a found object or a self-made creation. The community has embraced the project and we'll continue keeping the wooden table available for as long as the space feels like it's breathing.
Moin Khan: Fueled By Love-America To Pakistan Posted by Bela Shah, Mar 07 2014 Driven and fueled by a fierce love for his country, Pakistan born Moin Khan decided to ride his motorcycle with the Pakistan flag flapping in the wind, while stopping along the way to share his message with anyone that asked: “I am Pakistani. I am a Muslim. And I am peace loving.” What seems unbelievable is this: Moin was determined to kick off his motorcycle journey at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California and not end, rain or shine, until he reached half way around the world to his beloved Pakistan. When I first heard about Moin’s story, I was completely astonished, wondering over and over how one could be so committed and clear about his purpose. Through our Global Awakin conversation with Moin, as the stories along his journey beautifully unfolded, I realized that the “how” doesn’t even matter when you have the kind of faith that ... Read Full Story
Pavi's Talk Goes Viral Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Mar 07 2014 We now have a new reigning champion for the most viral ServiceSpace talk ... Giftivism, by Pavi Mehta, delivered last year in France! At 80 thousand views, its a talk that has spread globally, attracted lots of energy towards ServiceSpace -- and several dozen more speaking invites for Pavi (including one from the Indian Army!). What prompted me to share this was actually a tweet (and then a blog) we noticed from someone who has 609 thousand followers. :) The ripples continue. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a look as Pavi gracefully shares the message of #Giftivism. :)
In-Turnship :) Posted by Audrey Lin, Mar 07 2014 Feeling grateful to have completed a 30-day in-turn-ship with many kindred friends. We concluded our month with a few days with Gandhian elders at the Vinoba Ashram. As young in-turns, we have many miles yet to walk but happy to have taken a few more steps in that direction.
Apps Vs. Mobile Web Posted by Peter Ruan, Mar 07 2014 It turns out that people don't really surf the web on their mobiles. They use native apps. Something to keep in mind as we build our mobile strategy.
La Vida Robot Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 07 2014 In a second-floor windowless room on the rundown Carl Hayden Community High School campus, four students huddle around an odd, 3-foot-tall frame constructed of PVC pipe. At the top sits a black, waterproof briefcase containing a nest of hacked processors, minuscule fans, and LEDs. It's a cheap but astoundingly functional underwater robot capable of recording sonar pings and retrieving objects 50 feet below the surface. The four teenagers who built it are all undocumented Mexican immigrants who came to this country through tunnels or hidden in the backseats of cars. But over three days last summer, these kids from the desert proved they are among the smartest young underwater engineers in the country. Read on to hear their story. [Full Story]