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
Everybody Is Good At Something: Meeting V. R. Ferose Posted by Nipun Mehta, Mar 01 2015 Everybody is good at something. In a ServiceSpace context, that's a daily assumption -- by design. When your organizing principles forbid you to hire staff, or fundraise, or sell anything, you are happily forced to make art with the colors you've got in front of you. And as we've witnessed over the years, creative constraints like these can actually end up seeding inspiring innovations. Last Wednesday, I met V. R. Ferose, a like-hearted artist who applied this thinking in an unlikely setting: The corporate world. In fact, a tipping point in Ferose's journey came when he published an article in Forbes. The title? Everybody is Good at Something. The article went viral and sparked a movement of sorts. First, though, let's rewind. "We met in college, my wife and I. I'm a Muslim from Kerala, she's a Brahmin from Maharashtra, so you can just imagine the stereotypes we had to struggle with," he jokes ... Read Full Story
... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Mar 01 2015 This article, "A CEO's Management by Mantra", appeared in today's paper. Log In - The New York Times
Feeding Thousands In Singapore Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 01 2015 In this corner of South East Asia, a diverse group of people from different backgrounds in nationalities and professions work together to put food on the table for those who are in need. This 100% volunteer-run organization not only cooks up 3000 appetizing meals daily but also arranges tuition payments for school children and bereavement services regardless of race or creed. [Full Story]
A Classroom With Love At The Center Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 28 2015 Peggy Sia has some remarkable fifth grade moments. "One morning, as we were discussing the meaning of resilience, a student recalled something his coach said to the team during a practice. The things one chooses to do that others will not do today, will enable one to do the things that others cannot do tomorrow. Such powerful words coming from that of a 10-year-old." Every day, they move her to rise before the sun, step out of her slumbering household, and into the hour-long commute to school. With her "Big 3" classroom tools, Peggy unleashes a class culture of empathy-- one in which math problems and grammar lessons unfold with love at the center. [Full Story]
Cubs: Loving Unconditionally Posted by Trishna Shah, Feb 28 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Loving Unconditionally. Take a look."The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well." -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Rethinking International Development Posted by Lavanya Marla, Feb 27 2015 An interesting article on why people are losing faith in international development. The article points out that multi-national organizations have gained far more than the benefit that international aid has brought to developing nations. "We need to break with the logic of growth altogether, and abandon the mistaken assumption that wealth equates to happiness and freedom." "We would also need to roll out new, saner measures of economic progress, such as the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), or the Happy Planet Index (HPI) presently being developed by the New Economics Foundation." An alternative the article provides is "to evolve new narratives and new visions, speaking to the public about the imperative of justice, and uniting people in opposition to an economic system that impoverishes and degrades." This is exactly what Nipun's post on Well-Being explores, and what SS members work towards!
Work + T: Work + T: Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind? Posted by Birju Pandya, Feb 27 2015 This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind?. In this month's issue, some great research on the power of small practices -- which has become increasingly important in my own personal life. That ultimately leads to a broader question of a healthy mind, just as we consider our physical health. From personal to systemic, I enjoyed Berkana's paper on large-scale change. And lastly, an open question around how can we change our compensation programs given all the research that trumps materialism with gratitude. If any of these elicit some thoughts, I would love to hear back from you.
Naturally Connected Posted by Jyoti , Feb 27 2015 Lara Sanchez | Old Finnish People With Things On Their Heads - Lara Sanchez We are all nature -- We are all connected.
Maitri Tune By Mukesh Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Feb 27 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Mukesh: Kisi Ki Muskarahat. Here's the translation: To offer yourself to someone for smiles, To share someone’s grief, To have love in your heart for someone, This is what life is all about. Granted, we are poor, by the standard of our pockets. Even so, we are rich at heart . Perish for love that is Life, Crave for spring that is life, This we believe, though others may not, That this is what life is all about. Relationship between the heart and the hearts trust, The name of love lives on because of us. Even if we die, we will be remembered by someone, That we will smile through someone’s tears, A flower will tell a bud, on and on, That this is what life is all about!
Ecosophy: Nature's Guide To A Better World Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 27 2015 The perfect storm of crises we now face may well prove to be the challenge that drives us into our greatest evolutionary leap. Ecology cannot be made subservient to economy if we want to continue our life on Earth as a healthy, embedded global human society. In this thought-provoking article, evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris explores the way of Ecosophy - "the human household in which economy (including finance) and ecology are not separated because they are understood as aspects of a single living system, or living economy, that is both organized and governed wisely. [Full Story]