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
We Received A Wonderful Reminder Of ... Posted by Geoff Nedry, Oct 01 2014 We received a wonderful reminder of how the small matters from a KindSpring member who order Smile Cards: "What a fantastic surprise not to be charged for the cards. I had a tear in my eye, that a stranger has done this for me! I now understand how people that I help, might feel. It feels good! Thank you. Xx"
An Afternoon Of Discovering How Interonnected Our Paths Posted by Trishna Shah, Oct 01 2014 Every now and again we have one of those days that reminds us of just how interconnected all of our paths are and leaves us feeling grateful for the ways in which our journeys are nourished by these interconnections. A couple of years back, when Nipun gave a talk here in London hosted by Action for Happiness, I met Elina, who runs Wake Up London, at a gathering after the talk, which was exciting as I was so inspired by what they were up to. Fast forward a couple of years when we began brainstorming ideas for bringing Nimo's Empty Hands Music tour to London and thought it would be lovely to reach out to Elina to see if she was feeling moved to collaborate to host an event together with ServiceSpace and the Wake Up London community, and she was totally up for it! We searched for venues and then ... Read Full Story
A Poster Sums It Up. :-) Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Oct 01 2014 Hot of the press! :-) Stay tuned for updates and ripples from Nipun and Guri's Malaysia trip -- word on the street is that Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, was in tears listening to the ServiceSpace stories and that lots of people are excited about Karma Kitchen launch in Malaysia next Sunday!
Seeding Projects To Change The World Posted by KarmaTube.org, Oct 01 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 5112 views and 9 comments. "A 13-year-old collects items for animal shelters. An 88-year-old offers up land to community agriculture. A young man trains prisoners in nonviolence. For Ari Nessel, each story is just another day along his journey in giving. After making a fortune in Dallas real estate, Ari wanted to give back. Yet he noticed that modern-day philanthropy tends to hold a disconnect between the funders and those who are doing the work. So he decided to seed projects rather than fund them, and has embarked on an experiment to give away $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of his life. "My experience is that transformation happens on the fringes and in the micro areas and the individuals," he explains. "It doesn't happen on a large scale, it happens through all these people coming together in communities." Learn how the seeds of The Pollination Project continue to blossom." ... Watch: Seeding Projects to Change the World
New Guinea's Birds Of Paradise Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 01 2014 Deep in the isolated wilderness of New Guinea lives extraordinary beauty as you have never seen it before. It pours from within the existence of 39 species of birds found nowhere else on earth. For over a decade, Ed Scholes, a Cornell Lab scientist, and Tim Laman, a National Geographic photojournalist, took on the Birds-of-Paradise project -- an incredible journey to capture the majestic splendor of these birds. Mother Nature is full of abundance and boundless wonders. When we are in tune with nature, it connects us back with those universal creative powers and healing energy. Let the birds of paradise dance, parade, and serenade you with their extraordinary ornaments and plumes. [Full Story]
Today We Saw The Most Beautiful ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Sep 30 2014 Today we saw the most beautiful roses - each one seemed more beautiful then the next but it is a fleeting beauty meant for the moment. I am grateful for the moments. After we said good-bye to John who was off to lead his support group (now in its 39th year!!), I got my grandmother ready for dinner. She needed to be washed which has become part of our life. Then once in front of her meal I was forgotten for that moment while she focused on what in her earlier years would have been more bland then she would have wished. Now, it is a highlight. We hugged and kissed and as I was leaving, another woman, who doesn't speak much english, began crying, pointing at her food showing me her shaky hand - there wasn't enough staff to feed all that needed to be fed so I stopped ... Read Full Story
Had The Honor Of Spending A ... Posted by Abhishek Thakore, Sep 30 2014 Had the honor of spending a day of reflection with Rajaji (Rajagopal PV) of Ekta Parishad. Over the last 45-odd years, Rajaji has organized the most marginalized people of India in a non-violent, Gandhian Way. Some touching stories included how he went about reconciling with the bandits and dacoits of the Chambal Valley (in the 70s) and did it successfully with patience. From there on, his has been a journey of constant service and including - Ekta Parishad's last action was a padyatra from Gwalior to Delhi with over 60,000 people! The demand was for land reforms and it was met - at one time, 3 people were killed. Yet not a single person from the crowd retaliated - instead, they meditated. The police came to control and protect them in the day, and then approached them in the night saying they want to learn from them! Such magical stories of soul ... Read Full Story
30 Days; 30 Acts Of Kindness Posted by KindSpring.org, Sep 30 2014 I am currently participating in a "30 acts of kindness in 30 days" challenge which I set for myself. Let me explain. A dear friend of mine recently celebrated her 30th birthday. Rather than doing what most women of her age would might do -- drinking, hiring a stripper, or even buying a fabulous new dress and having a swanky dinner out at an expensive restaurant -- she decided to host a "random acts of kindness" party, inviting her friends to participate in spreading some kindness in the world, and to spend money they'd have spent on a gift instead on gestures of kindness. At the restaurant, she had a drawing so that everyone received instructions for an act of kindness they had to carry out anonymously. She'd also prepared cards for all those present, where she'd written to each guest personally, saying what they meant to her as a friend, and then passed them around the table for everyone else to add nice comments about each other. She explained to me that she was in the process of entering a new phase in her life, one of being more in service to others, and she wanted a birthday celebration ... full story: 30 Days; 30 Acts of Kindness
Picasso On Intuition Posted by DailyGood.org, Sep 30 2014 Brassai asks Picasso whether his ideas come to him "by chance or by design." Picasso responds: "I don't have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points...What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas." Read more on how artists create and what they think about as they work. [Full Story]
From Anti-war Organising To Building A Sustainable Food Posted by Fernando Grajeda, Sep 29 2014 Fighting against mega issues for humanity Haleh Zandhi is an inspiration figure who transitioned from feeling disempowered and frustrated as a result of her anti-war organising struggle to feeling fulfilled by instead channelling a creative solution to an issue close to her heart: food injustice. Her journey started whilst doing a lot of door to door organising and talking to people about increasing militarisation of the Middle East during the Bush years as her family came from Iran. Her tactic and strategy was to lobby people in Congress to make sure that the US didn’t go to war with Iran, to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and to decrease its military presence in countries around the world. With that work, Haleh felt very disempowered and very depressed. In her own words: “I felt like my spirit influence was not effective and so I started to look at the food ... Read Full Story