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
Amar - All Great Achievements Require Time Posted by KarmaTube.org, Feb 25 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 4336 views and 16 comments. "14-year-old Amar Pratap Chowdhary works 2 jobs and still manages to go to school, where he ranks first in his class. Amar rises before dawn each morning to deliver newspapers to the still-sleeping residents of Jamshedpur in eastern India before going to his second job at an electrical appliances shop by 9am. Then school, and back to work again until 10pm. Amar's earnings from his 20-hour workday provide the primary support for his family. Take a journey with Amar and watch the triumph of the human spirit over difficult circumstances." ... Watch: Amar - All Great Achievements Require Time
The Deaf & Blind Artist Who Never Gave Up Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 25 2015 The story of Emilie Gossiaux, a native of New Orleans who now lives and works in New York City, is nothing short of extraordinary. At the age of 5, Gossiaux began to suffer from an untreatable disorder that caused her to start losing her hearing. Years later, in yet another cruel twist of fate, Gossiaux was in an accident that left her blind. Remarkably, she continued to follow her love of art and sculpting. Today she is a proud recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award of Excellence. Read more about her perseverance and courage in this enlightening Q&A. [Full Story]
Teaching + T: Teaching+T: A Tool To Transform Ed? Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 24 2015 This week's 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: A Tool To Transform Ed?. From classrooms convening in virtual spheres to those governed in real time in person, and everywhere in-between, the use of tech in education runs a wide spectrum. These stories explore the possibility and bounds of technology as a tool to transform learning.
Remembering My Father's Vest Posted by KindSpring.org, Feb 24 2015 As a child, I had a lot of pent-up anger and was not good at communicating constructively. Once, as I was getting ready for school, my mother accidentally handed me my father's vest instead of mine. This was around the time that I was getting to be larger in size than my father, and so as I put the vest, I felt like I was being choked in it! I realized that it was a small oversight on my mother's part, but somehow the feeling of being choked overwhelmed me and filled me with anger. Without thinking much, I took out my anger on my mother. I was so upset that she had handed me the wrong vest, that I responded by violently ripping it apart from my chest! Later, my mother shared her own frustration with my father: "See what your son has done." Instead of scolding or abusing me, my father calmly responded by asking my mother to stitch up the vest. He then wore it to work the next day. When mother told me about my father's response -- much later, when I had recovered from my fit -- I immediately felt a great sense of shame for my violent behavior, just ... full story: Remembering My Father's Vest
Before I Go: Neurosurgeon's Reflections Posted by Sriram Shamasunder, Feb 24 2015 Friend of mine's husband, Paul Kalanithi, is a neurosurgeon with a terminal illness. Here's some beautiful writing and his take on time: Before I go Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.
Beautiful Report From Friends At Movement ... Posted by Alissa Hauser, Feb 24 2015 Beautiful report from friends at Movement Strategy Center: Love is Power, Practicing Transformation for Social Justice. It is a reflection about how transformational practice is informing today's social justice movements. There are examples such as unpacking #blacklivesmatter and how it is a movement based in love and transformational practice. "Now is the time that we see that love is a more powerful force than anger. Time that changing ourselves individually and collectively will change the world." I'm curious how people on this feed relate to social justice movements. This is a "pre-release" copy for all to enjoy!
Karma Kitchen Tokyo Covered In Media Posted by Maki Kawamura, Feb 24 2015 Ever since we started Karma Kitchen Tokyo two years ago, we have continued to spread the spirit of gift in Japan. We now host it once every two months, and will be hosting our 11th one next month! The community is definitely developing and there are so many nice stories around KK. Every time we host KK, meet such lovely people and witness their transformative reflections, I see the strong possibility of this ripple spreading across Japan. Its greatest recipient is perhaps me -- because I have myself learned so much from the experience of creating a kind-hearted space like KK. Most recently, Sotokoto (a famous magazine amongst 20-50 year olds) decided to run a story on KK in their magazine (see below) ... and it turned out that person in charge of the issue was a volunteer from the past, so when he came for the interview, we realized that he already knew all about its spirit! Thank you, all, for the continued inspiration and sharing your values with the people of Japan!
Wrapped In The Blanket Of Just Waking My ... Posted by mindyjourney , Feb 24 2015 Wrapped in the blanket Of just waking My skin is sensitive To a remarkable quaking. A flowered storm rains Imaginings just begun Varied pinkish petals Of possibilities done. Tickling my nose, Joyous scented tears Waters realization With a bouquet of years. Wisdom gilds the lilies, Lessons strengthens stems, Ribboned lovingly together, All are multifaceted gems. Blessings of a transformative bouquet, my friends.
As I Awoke This Morning To ... Posted by Bill Miller, Feb 24 2015 As I awoke this morning to KDFC on the clock-radio, the "News Under the Headlines" segment reported that 50 households in the Midwest found their sidewalks mysteriously shoveled of snow, with a note attached to the front door stating "You have been served". Turned out to be a group of teenagers who wanted to "pay it forward". The ripples continue to spread!
5 Essential Reads On Empathy Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 24 2015 "One of the most enlivening things about exploring empathy has been the amazing response I get from people I talk to...just about everyone instinctively 'gets' the concept, even without any formal enquiry. It seems as though we instinctively feel that empathy is central to healthy, social, human life. Our understanding of empathy is rapidly developing thanks to various thought leaders elevating the concept on a global scale." For those looking to explore the realm of empathy more deeply, here's a list of 5 essential books on the subject. [Full Story]