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
Still The Grandma. Dementia Or No. Posted by Mia Tagano, May 23 2015 Haven’t seen my grandmother for almost a week and as I came around the corner she saw me and grinned so big. Hello!! She said with a laugh and reached for a hug. Let’s go to dinner, I said. Okay, where’s my coat?! She laughed again. So did I. It’s not that anything is funny, we laugh because we are happy together. Her roommate Mrs. Owens had been in the hospital and was temporarily replaced by a woman who would scream through the night keeping my grandmother awake. Today Mrs. Owens was back thank goodness. I went to her and said, “Welcome back, Mrs. Owens!” She reached out and gave me such a big hug and laughed too. Can’t have too much laughter or too many hugs in this place. The days when Mrs. Owens sat with vacant eyes seem a distant memory. Amazing what a little love and attention ... Read Full Story
Marshall Ganz On Fighting For Social Change Posted by Preeta Bansal, May 23 2015 Beautiful Bill Moyers interview of Marshall Ganz, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez and deeply studied movement building: Few quotes that stood out ... "Anatomy of a movement: story, strategy, structure." "Tillich: Power without love can never be just, but similarly love that doesn't take power seriously can never achieve justice." "When you tell a public story, it becomes three stories -- story of self, story of us, and story of now. Story of self is the narrative about what moved you. Then there's a story of us that speaks to values we share as a community. And the story of now challenges opposing values that require prompt action." "You have to polarize to mobilize and depolarize to settle. But without polarizing you're never going to mobilize anything. And then there's a time to negotiate." "Occupy movement had to deal with Tyranny of Structurelessness." "Market solutions are all exit solutions. We need an alternative to markets, and ... Read Full Story
Sometimes You Just Have To Pick ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, May 23 2015 Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep going. :D
Happiness In The Himalayas (and Bhutan) Posted by Nipun Mehta, May 23 2015 Ever since I was a kid, I have thought of Himalayas as my home. Now, I was surrounded by them in Bhutan. (Just landing at Paro Airport is an experience, which apparently only eight pilots are qualified for.) In a country that didn't have TV or Internet till 1999, that still doesn't have any signal lights, and where dogs stay put in the middle of the road because they know cars will swerve around them, Bhutan is closet we might come to Shangri-La. Few decades back, they only allowed 5 thousand visitors per year. Overwhelming majority of its 700 thousand population practice Buddhism. 72% of their land is green cover, 69% are farmers, and they have pledged to be forever carbon neutral. Everyone has free medical care, can study for free, and no one in the country goes hungry. In 2008, the King voluntarily gave up power to spawn a democracy. Gross ... Read Full Story
Cubs: Mom's Advice In A Lunchbox Posted by Trishna Shah, May 23 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Mom's Advice In A Lunchbox. Take a look."The most important thing that parents can teach their children, is how to get along without them." -- Frank A. Clark
Mindfulness & Compassion W/ The Dalai Lama's Translator Posted by Rahul Brown, May 23 2015 The Dalai Lama Fellows recently hosted a book reading with Thupten Jinpa, personal translator for the Dalai Lama himself for several decades. Part of the event included an insightful conversation hosted by none other than our very own Bela Shah! I took the opportunity to speak to Thupten before the event and first asked him what the inspiration was for this book. He said that given the surge in interest around mindfulness and compassion across academia, business, and the general public, he felt that it would be of service to bring out some key insights, anecdotes, and research into the practices from his lifelong exposure to them. Next I asked him if mindfulness leads to compassion. 'No'. Particularly interesting to me because of western co-option of the technique, including by elite military units for heightened situational awareness on and off the battlefield. "Does compassion lead to self-compassion?" 'No.' He then told me they're all ... Read Full Story
TEDx Talk In Chicago Posted by Deepak Goel, May 23 2015 I thought that some of you may enjoy the TEDx talk I gave in Chicago recently. The theme is how consistent micro-giving done unconditionally with people one-on-one allows you to unleash your superpower. I am very grateful to all of you for helping me explore these values over the last dozen years of my connection with ServiceSpace.
Maitri Tune By Shreya Ghosal Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, May 22 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Shreya Ghosal: Ekla Chalo Re.
What Fosters True Freedom? Posted by DailyGood.org, May 22 2015 What is it that fosters true freedom? Is it the education of our youth, or the breaking through of social barriers? In this lovely article, Ashoka Fellow Kim Feinberg presents what she believes to be the answer--a holistic education which garners respect, and builds upon the energy of toleration and compassion. It is from this premise that The Tomorrow Trust was born -- a non-profit organization helping to inspire true freedom in post apartheid South African youth. [Full Story]
Control Of The Palate Posted by Zilong Wang, May 21 2015 At this week’s Awakin circle, as I was shoving my mouth full with deliciousness cooked with so much love, Guri shared her practice -- and other stories -- of eating the minimum effective dose to keep the body healthy, of eating in moderation as a cultivation to control the palate. “Eating beyond certain point actually taxes the body, as the digestion consumes much energy, and the over-abundance dulls the mind.” The conversation reminded me of a recent decision I made regarding diet, thanks to inspirations from ServiceSpace friends and ripples. Blushing a little here, in light of my having over-eaten again on Wednesday night, but nonetheless, would like to share the original decision here :) ----- Last night, I had a dream. A pure-black calf walked to me, smiled and snuggled, so innocent and trusting, and licked my hand. I half-awoke from the dream, and cried with tears of joy, gratitude, and repentance. The context was: ... Read Full Story