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
Fair And Effective? Posted by Bradley Stoll, May 04 2015 I just completed my second (and last) day of jury duty for 12 months. This is the first time I made it to the the point of actually being questioned by the attorneys and judge. Of the first 12, 3 had been dismissed and then my number was called. The young lady before me voiced her concern with finding the man guilty. She viewed any sort of imprisonment as cruel and unusual punishment (who can deny that?). When the judge pushed her on it and asked what she thought should be done if the man were found guilty, the juror replied with rehabilitation through therapy...you know, real help, rather than a punishment that really does nothing to help anyone. I think she has found her calling. And yes, this juror was dismissed. Then came my turn. I was asked to expand on my answer to, "Is our Criminal Justice system ... Read Full Story
Today's 21-Day Mindful Technology Challenge: Replace ... Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, May 04 2015 Today's 21-Day Mindful Technology Challenge: replace some screen time with a walk in the open air. Notice how the change of scenery impacts you. My response: While Walking, A New Friend When I leave my house and you leave yours, maybe we will find each other.
New Way To Be -- Courtesy Of Challenges :) Posted by mindyjourney , May 04 2015 One of our users is doing a 365-day gratitude challenge -- one 21-day challenge after another, making up her own custom ideas as she goes. A participant in that challenge, now well into the triple digit days, wrote this: "I can't imagine not doing another challenge and many of the new ones that have started. Just can't imagine a day without KindSpring, even if I just hang out on the Community Feed for a while. Thanks for all the work you kind folks do to help us all grow into making this world a better place."
Gandhi: A Talisman Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, May 04 2015 This week's 'My Life is My Message' newsletter features Gandhi's thoughts on A Talisman. Take a look.
The Real Junk Food Project Posted by DailyGood.org, May 04 2015 For Adam Smith, the slogan 'Life is a Beach' turned out to be somewhat prophetic. Drawing inspiration from his days on the beaches of Australia, Smith decided to dedicate his life to creating The Real Junk Food Project (or TRJFP for short). And the words 'junk food' isn't meant to describe candy bars and potato chips, but rather for food that would otherwise be thrown away as junk from grocers, farmers and restaurants. Using that food, Smith has then created a "pay-as-you-feel" cafe, with customers using money, labor, or other social currency. [Full Story]
Radical Amazement Posted by Awakin, May 03 2015 This week's Awakin reading is by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel titled 'Radical Amazement': The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin. Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man's attitude toward history and nature. One attitude is alien to his spirit: taking things for granted, regarding events as a natural course of things. To find an approximate cause of a phenomenon is no answer to his ultimate wonder. He knows that there are laws that regulate the course of natural processes; he is aware of the regularity and pattern of things. However, such knowledge fails to mitigate his sense of perpetual surprise at the fact that there are facts at all. [...] As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind ... [Read more]
Kids Making A Mark On The World Posted by DailyGood.org, May 03 2015 Riley De Graff, a resourceful student from Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael, CA, effected positive change for the earth by asking a parent to help her recycle used markers in her school. By creating a petition through Change.org, the school collected over 90,000 signatures and mobilized a used color markers recycling campaign which is now supported by the Crayola company and Dixon Ticonderoga. Both companies formed new recycling initiatives where they take back used color markers and convert them into clean-burning fuel. Hurray for kid power! [Full Story]
How Millenials Are Innovating Community Posted by Calvin Liu, May 02 2015 Just read an interesting report on non-religious communities by millenials who are focused on transformation: America is changing. Millennials are less religiously affiliated than ever before. Though many millennials are atheists or agnostics, the majority are less able to articulate their sense of spirituality, with many falling back on the label ‘spiritual-but-not-religious’. The lack of deep community is indeed keenly felt. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth. Rates of isolation, loneliness and depression continue to rise. As traditional religion struggles to attract young people, millennials are looking elsewhere with increasing urgency. And in some cases, they are creating what they don’t find. Among them we profile organizations that epitomizes a combination of six themes that we see again and again: Community, Personal transformation, Social transformation, Purpose finding, Creativity, Accountability. ServiceSpace is certainly an organization that belongs in the discussion. So the premise of the report is very interesting; it says ... Read Full Story
A Secular Person's Search For Prayer Posted by DailyGood.org, May 02 2015 After years of trying to manage all of the variables in her life, busy Heather Havrilesky wanted to be in touch with something bigger than her own fluctuating moods and needs, but without a belief system that required her to suspend disbelief. Most of all, she wanted to find a prayer that reminded her to serve other people more. Read more about her quest for a prayer. [Full Story]
Cubs: Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Emotions Posted by Trishna Shah, May 02 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Emotions. Take a look."If you've told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner." - Walter Barbee