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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    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. Read More »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Laddership Posted by Somik Raha, Jul 31 2014 I was teaching a class at Stanford today to 17-year old kids in a gifted youth program on Decision Quality (for the Decision Education Foundation). My section was on Values and Ethics. I dwelled on laddership for a bit, sharing stories of Gandhi and Vinoba, and asked the students what they understood by laddership. They filled a wall with stickies, and the depth of their reflections blew me away. Here is what they wrote: Being selfless and willing to sacrifice yourself for the benefit of others. More than that, it means you are willing to accept people for who they are and are willing to accept both their flaws and their strengths. Laddership is to make the people around you better. Not in what you consider better, but what they consider better. To genuinely aid them with no expectation of self-gain is the service of laddership. Pursuit of creating value for others while ... Read Full Story

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Breakfast In Bed For My Parents Posted by Vishesh Gupta, Jul 31 2014 [As a part of our weekly internship assignment to do acts of kindness, here is a note I sent to one of our mentors yesterday. Since many people have asked me to share, I'm posting it below. Thank you, all, for helping me grow in generosity, compassion and selflessness.] Dear Amit-bhai, I wasn't able to make your call, but I did listen to the stories and follow the links posted later online, and I was deeply inspired by your commitment to connecting with everyone around you in the most meaningful way possible. That's a picture of my parents eating breakfast in bed this morning that my sister and I cooked for them. :) They were both very touched and kept asking my sister and I to eat with them, but we insisted they sleep in while we took care of the dishes and everything else. It was very hard for them to let go ... Read Full Story

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A Touching Celebration Of Impermanence Posted by Dinesh Mehta, Jul 31 2014 For yesterday's Awakin Circle, we received two RSVP's that surprised us: Vandana and Sarita. They were the daughters of Ganoba, an inspiring elder who passed away the day before. The very day after their father's passing, they wanted to join an Awakin Circle! It was a way for the daughters to be held by a collective space that their father had great reverence for. As Sarita noted, "He was the happiest when he was here and would often be telling stories about it." Seeing their attendance, we spontaneously changed the format. To open, Mia read Harshida's blog about Ganoba's passing and Sarita sang a beautiful song. Then both the daughters reflected on the wisdom they picked up from their father (and mother). "Never once did we see in him a fear of death," they said. John closed it out powerfully with a retelling of his connection with Ganoba: "He was like a ... Read Full Story

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Amit Dungarani: The True Confessions Of A Dunga Hug Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 31 2014 “What is it really all about?” Whether a fresh teenager or bright-eyed 20-something year-old, a mid-career parent or retired empty nester, most of us come across this question at some point or another. “It’s easy to get caught up in just being robotic, going through the motions,” Amit describes. “We tell ourselves, ‘I gotta go to work. I gotta do X, Y, and Z'—and all of a sudden, we are not being fully present. Time will end up flying by. I don’t want to be at that stage where I look back on my life and ask, ‘What have I done? What have I contributed?’” For Amit “Dunga” Dungarani, these questions have always been a steady guide. Since childhood, he and longtime friend Zach have anchored themselves with the perspective that there is more to life than meets the eye. “We would constantly remind one another that our life is more than about having ... Read Full Story

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Power Of Place: Photos From Around The World Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 31 2014 Steve Mccury captures the beauty and uniqueness of different places that the human family calls home from around the planet. His photos bring to light that our environments play a role in shaping our perceptions about what it means to be human--from our relationship to the weather to our relationship to the soul. [Full Story]

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Weaving Hearts Posted by Colleen Choi, Jul 30 2014 I've been traveling in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico for the last 2 months.  Here is a story I just posted on my blog. Maybe the SS community will enjoy it :)  Love!  *  *  * What is it with my love affair with handmade, indigenous art? I use to think that it was the vibrant colors, textures and fine artistry that drew me in. I’m finding now that the connection is about a quality much deeper than the aesthetics - these crafts are about families creating together, as a community. It’s not an expression of one person, like we find in cities. They represent thousands of years of culture and serve as a prayer for the whole. They represent a part of time that still stands still. In Chiapas, Mexico, the Mayan communities are fighting to hold on to their culture - the communion of language, prayers, art and land (earth). Over ... Read Full Story

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Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Grandmother Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 30 2014 Mia Tagano visits her 94 year old grandmother -- who now has dementia -- and discovers a whole new, less verbal, way of communicating her love through heart, hands and hugs. To her surprise, when she brings this approach to her grandmother's roommate who has suffered a stroke, it radically transforms their communication and opens up both women profoundly. This heart-warming story shares more... [Full Story]

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Paying-It-Foward In Taiwan, On My Birthday Posted by Gwhyneth Chen, Jul 29 2014 Yesterday in Taiwan, instead of celebrating my birthday in the usual way -- with my family at a fancy restaurant -- I tried a new experiment.  I went to a vegetarian buffet and bought dinner for the first seventy people!  Back when we spontaneously tagged bunch of people with shaved ice with Nipun's honararium, Robert Block also gifted his for similar purposes. So I used that money and added a bit more of my own. The guests were shockingly surprised -- but full of joy. :) The most amazing part was that one of the guests came to me and introduced herself as the founder of Filiality Association -- an organization dedicated to encouraging the connection of children to their parents, elders and ancestors. When she found out that I was the one who had paid it forward, and that I was a concert pianist who also tries to take care of ... Read Full Story

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Karma Kitchen Launches In Indonesia! Posted by Sima Sanghvi, Jul 29 2014 [Updated with some photos below.] We had a fantastic Karma Kitchen yesterday -- considering that seven teenagers had taken over the ship with their boundless energy, enthusiasm and hand-made tags. :)  Their generous wisdom belied their young years and they truly embodied the theme of the day which was Compassion! As everyone experienced how generosity effortlessly builds connections with strangers, we were particularly touched to see how the ripples of Karma Kitchen had reached Indonesia. Here are some photos from social media alone: And here is a video from their launch earlier this month, featuring the renowned chef William Wongso: Love really needs no language. :)

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Wrists To Remind Posted by Priyal Patel, Jul 29 2014 As most of you know Mira and I have been working our summer internship project called 'Wrists to Remind', taking a spark of inspiration from Joe's Peace Chains.   Last Sunday, we gifted out most from our initial batch of 95 at Karma Kitchen-- and to be honest, we didn't how strangers would respond but it felt *really* awesome to see people's reactions, encouragement and gratitude.  Various people even took photos of our color chart, as we shared our research behind each value and its corresponding color.  In the end, the "stuff" became an excuse to connect at a deeper level. Just a recap of the concept -- we have named them 'Wrists to Remind' as we hope the wristlet will act as a reminder to perform the respective action that goes with your word.  Unfortunately we do not have all the colors we started off with, but we do have generosity, balance, imagination, hope, peace, respect, unity and faith left.  If any of those speak to you, let us know and we'll be happy to mail you one. :(        

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