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 »
Recent Blog Posts
Just Saw That Social Justice Advocate ... Posted by Birju Pandya, Oct 24 2014 Just saw that social justice advocate (and Awakin Farmer teammate) Preeta Bansal gave a TEDxTalk this week! Here's what the TEDblog quoted her with - As a lawyer and governance expert, Preeta Bansal believes that our technological capabilities have outpaced our ability to make laws that regulate them — including the kinds of laws that keep humanity’s worst impulses in check. “We need a postmodern moral conception of ourselves,” she suggests, “because we can no longer rely on the state and market to regulate our excesses.” And we need to start now. “In this age of do-it-yourself innovation, where an individual can now produce and distribute what governments, corporations and large institutions did in previous centuries, we no longer have the luxury of waiting for law, policy and ethics to catch up.” She muses: “Where will we find the sustained compassion and wisdom that will allow us to regulate ourselves?” and "In this age of everything, we can no longer rely on technology alone, we must also (re)grow or inner selves."
Bay Area/Berkeley Folks, If You Are ... Posted by Guri Mehta, Oct 24 2014 Bay Area/Berkeley folks, if you are around this Saturday evening, please join us for a small circle of sharing, meditation, and dinner with Gitanjali Babbar: Saturday Stories with Gitanjali Babber | ServiceSpace.org G.B. Road is a place where no woman would go voluntarily. Or so you'd think. Home to 77 brothels with about 4,000 women and 1,500...
Bridging The Clothing Divide Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 24 2014 Developmental organizations typically work on food, education, health care, and economic opportunity, but very few address the need for clothing. For materially poor people, however, clothing is shelter. Anshu Gupta shares, "In earthquakes, the shake kills people; in a tsunami, the water kills people; but in winter, the cold does not kill people. It's the lack of proper clothing. Why don't we consider lack of clothing a disaster?" Gupta and his wife Meenakshi founded "Goonj", a non-profit organization that is using an intricate sharing network to address what the Guptas consider a non-natural, perpetual disaster. Read on to learn more about the everyday couple that is saving lives using a model built on empathy and respect. [Full Story]
Smile Cards For My Funeral Posted by Geoff Nedry, Oct 24 2014 A very touching note this morning, from a woman in Michigan, requesting 200 Smile Cards: "I would like to have these cards passed out at my funeral (hopefully not dying anytime soon but making plans just in case) I will have them secretly placed under each chair. I am making a video that describes how I have used them in the past and by taking this card and doing something nice for someone in my honor, in a way I will live on forever. I have put something in my living trust that states I want all Memorial Contributions to go to your organization. :)"
Economics And The Common Good Posted by Somik Raha, Oct 24 2014 An inspiring excerpt from a link we were just emailed by a reader: “From 1980 onwards, for the next twenty years, I taught economics in universities, enthusiastically demonstrating how economic theories provided answers to problems of all sorts. I got quite carried away by the beauty, the sophisticated elegance, of complicated mathematical models and theories. But gradually I started to have an empty feeling. “I began to ask fundamental questions of myself. Why did I never talk to my students about compassion, dignity, comradeship, solidarity, happiness, spirituality – about the meaning of life? We never debated the biggest questions. Who are we? Where have we come from? Where are we going to? “I told them to create wealth, but I did not tell them for what reason. I told them about scarcity and competition, but not about abundance and co-operation. I told them about free trade, but not about fair trade; about GNP – ... Read Full Story
Life Is A Game! Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Oct 24 2014 We just had an incredible "Startup Service" retreat ... As we sat for this photo above, we all sang this song while hugging each other ...
"If Someone Cracks An Egg From ... Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 23 2014 "If someone cracks an egg from the outside, it’s food, but if someone let’s the egg open by itself, it’s a beautiful chick. “We are all like the eggs in a sense,” he said." There's something sweet about articles written for a school newspaper. Was smiling wide as I came across this piece in last Friday's Harker school paper: Planting Seeds of Kindness.
A Healing Poem From Haiti Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 23 2014 Nobody should die from diseases we know how to treat, but over 50,000 people die daily from them. Two UCSF Physicians have started a project called the HEAL Initiative that aims to address health workforce in resource poor communities, from Navajo Nation in New Mexico to Liberia and Haiti and India. They attempt to improve the quality of care, support and train local health professionals. This article and moving poem share more. [Full Story]
President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes For ... Posted by Jyoti , Oct 22 2014 President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes for Diwali - YouTube The President urges dedicating yourself to service so compassion can triumph over despair this Diwali
My House Is Your House Posted by KarmaTube.org, Oct 22 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3199 views and 7 comments. "The way attorney and UCLA lecturer Tony Tolbert figures it: you don’t have to have money to be generous. Tony became inspired by Kevin and Hannah Salwen, who sold their 6,500 square foot home, and donated $800,000 to charity. He decided to loan his home to Felicia Dukes, a single parent of four, for a full year. After giving birth to her fourth child, Felicia fell behind on payments, and became homeless. Thanks to Tony’s generosity, Felicia could recuperate financially and emotionally. As for Tony? He’s planning to donate his home again to another family in need." ... Watch: My House is Your House