Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpaceIn late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
Seven Emergent Questions From India TripMultiple 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. Read More »
Casa de Paz: House of PeaceAn inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
SilenceExperiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
The Middle is the PathRagu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »
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January 10th Was A National Call ... Posted by Colleen Choi, Jan 16 2017 January 10th was a national call by DefundDAPL.org to divest from participating banks. Cheryl Angel, our elder, went to Wells Fargo in Bizmark to close her accounts. We weren't sure how it was going to flow or how the institution would react, especially in Bizmark, ND (the law enforcement and many locals there are not supportive of the movement or us water protectors). We walked in, explained our intention, and requested to speak with the bank manager. Cheryl read a prepared letter out loud, explaining why she was closing her account. The manager wasn't happy, but she was kind, and listened. After Cheryl finished the letter, the manager handed her off to an associate to help her. The associate, Paul was also very kind and professional. He didn't show any emotions or facial expressions, went through the motions quickly, and we were done. At the end, Paul reached out his hand to ... Read Full Story
Kindful Kids: Flowers Bloom At Different Speeds, So Do Posted by Trishna Shah, Jan 16 2017 This week's 'Kindful Kids' newsletter is on Flowers Bloom At Different Speeds, So Do Children. Take a look."All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them." - Magic Johnson
Rise And Shine: A Morning Pep Talk From Marcus Aurelius Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 16 2017 Some days we are full of inspiration and energy to spring out of bed and into the day. Other times, our motivation may be a little more stifled. Where can we turn on those days when we are less than excited about work? Perhaps to the words of the ancient Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who offered up this advice: "At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: "I have to go to work -- as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I'm going to do what I was born for -- the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?" Read on for more from Aurelius whose words are as relevant today as they were nearly two millennia ago. [Full Story]
Theory And Practice Posted by Awakin, Jan 15 2017 This week's Awakin reading is by Vincent Horn titled 'Theory and Practice': If we look at what theory is, it’s essentially an abstraction, or representation, of direct experience. It’s a way for us to take our understanding and transmit, through the medium of ideas, the same understanding to another person. Language is such an important innovation, because it allows us to do this. Because theory is an abstraction or representation, without directly experiencing, or really understanding what these things are pointing to, abstractions can remain just that. We all know people who confuse concepts about reality with reality itself. One need only bring to mind a know-it-all scholar or nerd to see living examples of what happens when we emphasize theory over practice. The flip side of emphasizing theory over practice, is in emphasizing practice over theory. Many people conclude that all you need to do is practice and you’ll figure out everything by yourself. But how do you understand why you’re practicing or ... [Read more]
Can Love Stories Change The World? Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 15 2017 Deep within us all lies a tender heart. A heart that's been wounded, heroic, or generous. That guides us with a whisper, or drives us like a sergeant. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we've done, we all have stories with our hearts as protagonist. Love stories. Matt Hopwood believes these powerfully personal, emotive narratives can be transformational for both individuals and communities. Since 2012, he has collected hundreds of stories from his travels in England and elsewhere for his project, A Human Love Story. What drives him is the idea that these stories can change the world -- through the courage and vulnerability it takes to express them; by simply bringing them into awareness; and by using them in our human interactions to heal disconnections. Here, Hopwood shares from his heart more about his mission. [Full Story]
Civic Beauty Without Permission Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 14 2017 It wasn't long before Tony and I were standing on San Jose's Santa Clara Street, cars whizzing by, looking at a vintage concrete bridge. Its sides were tiled. In some places, the tile had been broken off, vandalized. Each panel featured colorful, original designs. The work, obviously, had required thousands of hours. But it wasn't finished and now stood in benign neglect. What happened here? I asked Tony. "It was Rick Hawes," he said. "I want to meet this guy," I told Tony. If a man had decided to just start tiling a bridge in the middle of San Jose without bothering to file for a permit, without seeing a commissioner, without lobbying the board --well, that would be a pure act of...of what? -- unauthorized civic improvement? [Full Story]
12 Questions Around Volunteerism Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 13 2017 In this thoughtful piece ServiceSpace founder Nipun Mehta fields twelve probing questions on how to nurture and sustain a volunteer culture."Since 1999, ServiceSpace has been volunteer-run. It's a constraint and an asset. It opens us up to sensing multiple forms of capital...Leadership turns into laddership. Compassion is contagious; instead of pushing, we count on the pull. The metaphor shifts from manufacturing to gardening." Drawing on his ServiceSpace experience Mehta notes that "volunteers are strongest when they are moved by love." [Full Story]
Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking The Great Vow Not To Burn Posted by Amit Dungarani, Jan 12 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking The Great Vow Not To Burn OutReflection questions: Our guest this week is a committed social activist who has noted that "this gritty world is full of suffering and stress, and in order to meet this we need to be curious, resilient, grounded, insightful, compassionate, spiritually skillful, bold and courageous." What tools help you to live joyfully, contribute passionately, and not burn out?
Work + T: The Problem With Learning Is Unlearning Posted by Birju Pandya, Jan 12 2017 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed The Problem With Learning Is Unlearning. Happy 2017! In gratitude for our continued shared exploration into the transformative process in the workplace. This month features several examples of 'subtle work' in the office, geared towards cohesiveness and effectiveness. Sending good wishes to you all!
11 Tips To Leading A Creative Life Posted by DailyGood.org, Jan 12 2017 In this TED article, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and the new book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear," offers wit and wisdom for people living with creativity -- which, according to her, is everyone! Creativity is not always easy to tap into, but thankfully there are lots of things we can do to help. To start, we can reframe "creativity" as "curiosity," consider fear boring, and just agree to accept inevitable frustrations and difficulties. We can greet creativity like a "Hogwartsy"-type magical visitor, or we can make it exercise like a dog. And we can protect it from enemies like fear, frustration, whining, and perfectionism. The point is, we don't have to be inhibited or intimidated by the creative process; once we understand it, things can run much more smoothly. Here, a lighthearted look at how. [Full Story]