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
Was Driving With My Grandmother Yesterday. ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Apr 24 2015 Was driving with my grandmother yesterday. At the stop light, I turned right to look at her and saw the man next to us waving, happily. My grandma is laughing and smiling, we all wave. "I made a new friend!" she exclaimed gleefully. How did this just happen? I wondered. "I just smiled at him and he waved back." So simple :)
Bright Light Posted by Kozo Hattori, Apr 24 2015 Last night I dropped my sons off at their mother's place. "Daddy won't see you until Tuesday. Think about me this weekend," I whispered into 5 year old Fox's ear as I hugged him goodbye. "Ok, Daddy. Maybe I'll buy you something this Saturday," said Fox as he ascended the stairs. "It's ok, Fox. Daddy doesn't need anything that you can buy," I said. "No...maybe I'll buy you a book on compassion," replied Fox with a half-smile. A 5 year old who aims his consumerism at books and compassion. The future is so bright...
Maitri Tune By Snatam Kaur Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Apr 24 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Snatam Kaur: Servant Of Peace.
World Happiness Report -- Social Capital Counts Big Posted by Amit Dungarani, Apr 24 2015 Economist Jeffery Sachs on the report released today: "Getting richer but not happier: It's a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the World Happiness Report, now in its third edition for 2015, is to remind governments, civil society, and individuals that income alone cannot secure our well-being. True happiness depends on social capital, not just financial capital." Yes, income matters. Economic development is important, especially the escape from extreme poverty. Health matters as well, both physical and mental. No surprises there. But what is perhaps most important is our lives as "social animals," to use Aristotle's famous phrase. Life satisfaction depends on strong social support networks, on generosity and voluntarism, on "generalized trust" among strangers in the society, and on the trust in government. People living in places where government is corrupt suffer the pain of less satisfaction in their own lives. The basic point that well-being depends ... Read Full Story
The Benefits Of Consistency Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 24 2015 "With the many landmines out there, ready to derail [the goals of] even the most talented of people, 'showing up' regularly offers undeniable benefits. Some of these perks often go overlooked. For those excited to make progress this year...keep in mind all of the advantages at our disposal when we have an enviable attendance record." Read on to learn about the surprising power of consistently showing up. [Full Story]
Young Spiritual Ancestors Posted by Nilam Chauhan, Apr 23 2015 I've been reading Thich Nhat Hahn's book "You are here", where he says our mother, father, grandfather and all ancestors exist in every cell of our body and consciousness. This part especially moved me, since many of young ancestors are among all of you: "Your spiritual ancestors are also within you. Some of these ancestors are still quite young. Your brothers and sisters in Dharma, and the person who guided your first steps in practice, are your very young ancestors. Your teacher is your ancestor and your teacher's teacher. So we don't need to travel through time or space to get in touch with our spiritual and genetic ancestors. If we dwell in present moment, we can touch them in the here and now through mindful breathing and deep looking. It's amazing how we can do so many wonderful things while sitting on our meditation cushions."
Reimagining Capitalism Posted by Birju Pandya, Apr 23 2015 Exciting to see a colleague from finance worlds (also Awakin Call guest) featured by Nic Askew (a KarmaTube friend) in this video on re-imagining capitalism ...
KindSpring Article On CNN Website Posted by Guri Mehta, Apr 23 2015 Great to see a mention of KindSpring's 21-Day Challenge, by one of our users, on CNN website: In February 2015, I began what I thought was going to be a small act of kindness. What entailed was a global 21 Day Eco Challenge that involved everyday people doing astounding things for our planet. I named the challenge “21 Day Eco Challenge: Co-Create, Rejuvenate, Recycle” and sent out an email a day via KindSpring.Org suggesting ways to help make our world a better place. What occurred was massive! People posted stories of how they created artwork with garbage cleaned from yards and parks, instead of giving money they physically volunteered time in their communities, people changed heating and electrical systems in their homes, ceased using motorized vehicles, rid themselves of plastic, took more walks, involved their families, composted, recycled, cooked wholesome organic foods, and led community based programs on their own. Every single day ... Read Full Story
The Lifecycle Of Emergence & Scaling Social Innovation Posted by DailyGood.org, Apr 23 2015 The importance of networking is often strongly emphasized in today's society. But rarely do we think about networks as being something more than the simple connection between individuals. According to Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, there is a transformation that occurs when networks of individuals come together as active communities of practice -- a new system of influence emerges, one through which large-scale change suddenly becomes possible. This article looks into the transformative power of networks and shows us how when it comes to creating community-driven change, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. [Full Story]
Upcoming Laddership Circle Posted by Audrey Lin, Apr 22 2015 We've been receiving some great applications, just by word of mouth, for our 2nd Laddership Circle (that starts in June). Today, Natasha from Dubai, wrote this on her application question around defining generosity: "My grandmother has been my role model. She was a nun who ate what she needed, with few possessions that fit in a small bag, a heart big enough to take in the whole community and a peaceful smile and big hug always available - she is always guiding me in breaking barriers of what it means to practice generosity. The biggest act of generosity I've ever done is most likely in the smallest things from writing love letters to strangers, surprising neighbors with anonymous gifts, to donating my car for a week to someone in need, to starting a thrift store, fundraising to build two schools, to giving away my little wealth at that time and packing my life into two bags to travel 3 continents in 3 years to serve social business and learn about social enterprise. Along the way we sold hugs for bananas and learnt that everything we would ever need was already with us to begin with. "