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
Gitanjali's Stories From G.B. Road Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 29 2014 Delhi's G.B. Road is a place where no woman would go voluntarily. Or so you'd think. Home to 77 brothels, 4,000 women, and 1,500 children, it is the largest red light area of Delhi, India. A few years ago, Gitanjali Babbar walked right in. She quite literally knocked on the brothel doors, walked up the narrow staircases, and talked to the people there-- sipped tea with the brothel owners, listened, laughed, and came to know the women as her sisters, their children as her family. Three and half years ago, she found herself launching Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that's quietly been transforming G.B. Road brothels into classrooms, community centers, and safe spaces for the women and their children to learn, explore creative arts, and come alive with a sense of connection, expression, and possibility. Last Saturday, we had the gift of hosting a circle of sharing with Gitanjali and learning more about her experiences and insights ... Read Full Story
Note From A DailyGood Reader Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 29 2014 A beautiful note that we received today ... perhaps it is such silent blessings that ultimately power our sails. While I am writing this matter, I am experiencing a peaceful sensation that I have longed for years. It was the effect of the article which by my fortune was mailed by a friend. Every sentence of Giftivism: Reclaiming the Priceless made me rethink and think more and more of what all I expected from those lot of people which formed my family, relatives, friends, associates, contacts and many more. And how little I gave back. It is a shameful submission that, yes, I was a part of the greedier lot. I read, reread, and reread the article. Every time I got a new vision, a new solution, a new light. With every turn, I was getting blessed with a calmness, a true smile by which not my lips but my heart started smiling. ... Read Full Story
Finding Those Three Magical Words Posted by Swara Pandya, Oct 29 2014 Two weeks ago, a few of us visited an elderly Gandhian couple in Baroda -- Arun Dada and Mira Ba. Now in their 80s, their entire life has been rooted in generosity. As students of Vinoba, they have never put a price tag on their labor. Their presence speaks to a life-long practice of equanimity, trust and compassion. And so do their stories. "Nine years ago, we were gifted this house," Arun Dada told us. The week they moved in, they discovered that their neighbor was a drunkard, prone to fits of violence. Just a couple days after their move, they noticed that their front-yard was filled with food items and alcohol. It turned out that the neighbor also ran a catering business, and thought he could use Arun Dada's front yard for storage space. Arun Dada naturally protested. "Sir, this is our home now, we don't drink or take non-vegetarian food, and ... Read Full Story
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Leadership Energy In Malaysia Posted by Nipun Mehta, Oct 28 2014 Right as we meet, Rajeev tells me, "I feel like I know you already." Back in the 90s, he was a very successful Wall Street Banker -- until one day he received a message that his father unexpectedly passed away. Rajeev's image of his father was that of a simple man who silently lived his values. Nothing heroic. At his funeral, though, Rajeev was stunned to see thousands of diverse people overflowing with gratitude for how this simple man had helped them in their time of need. Deeply moved, Rajeev decided to dramatically alter the course of his career, to serve others more selflessly. He found his calling in helping people become better leaders. Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders was the title of his first book, and Be the Change his most recent. The titles themselves provide a flavor of his values. So, as we met for the first time, Rajeev ... Read Full Story
Awake, Yogananda And KindSpring Posted by Rahul Brown, Oct 28 2014 A woman from Self Realization Fellowship approached Birju and I after our ServiceSpace session at Wisdom 2.0 since she was very moved by the values of the ecosystem. She told us about an upcoming film on Paramahana Yogananda's life called Awake, and SRF's desire to use the film to activate people into practicing the values Yogananda held dear -- kindness and generosity being prime ones. One step after another, their movie launched this month, to rave reviews! Sure enough, they created a challenge, issued a press release about our partnership, put up our KindSpring logo prominently on their homepage and now have more than 560 people up for their 21-day Awake Challenge!
Technology And Ethics Posted by Tom Mahon, Oct 28 2014 Here are a few tech stories that caught my attention this week ... Fascinating article on how close we are coming to The Singularity. Chip maker Intel predicts practical computer-brain interfaces by 2020. Intel scientist Dean Pomerleau said in a recent article, "Eventually people may be willing to be more committed to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts." Yes indeed, and imagine the Web (and its owners) being able to read, manipulate and possibly control your thoughts and actions. A society with poor education, susceptible to image manipulation, and easy to beguile with a 'coolness' factor, may gladly embrace this. Even The Wall Street Journal is for hiking up minimum wage to combat tech's damaging effect on jobs. Two articles recently appeared offering two very different views of the 'new world order.' This Newsweek story reflects Julian Assange's concern about of the 'global hegemony' now ... Read Full Story
Brought My Grandmother New Shoes Today. ... Posted by Mia Tagano, Oct 27 2014 Brought my grandmother new shoes today. She walks very little because she stays in a wheel chair most of the day (it is easier to keep track of her since she has dementia and is a fall risk) but you should have seen her with her new tennis shoes on - practically dancing down the halls telling the nurses and other residents, "look at my new shoes" giddy almost, just like a happy little child. Three of us walking together holding hands, with her in the middle laughing. At one point, we stopped to see my new friend Mr. Le who I spoke of before - one leg, no teeth, doesn't speak english and yet somehow radiates love and gratitude. The first time I sat with him, he was crying. Today, he shook hands with us and spoke to us in his home language, a twinkle in his eyes, and a happy way...we didn't understand what he said to us but it ended with a 2nd handshake using both hands, a hug, and my grandmother saying, "okay, we will see you again soon!" as we waved smiling....a moment of connection, of joy, one that the dementia mind might have already forgotten but no matter, the heart remembers.
Saw This Incredible Video, Perhaps The ... Posted by Somik Raha, Oct 27 2014 Saw this incredible video, perhaps the only TED talk I know from an "anonymous citizen."
Lovely Ladies Of The Light Posted by Geoff Nedry, Oct 27 2014 We often talk about offline connections being powered by online networks, but many times it can work the other way around. Earlier this month, a bunch of online KindSpringers decided to have their own in-person gathering. They called it LLOTL -- Lovely Ladies of the Light! And one of them posted a beautiful poem as well ... Our minds connected Before our presence ever did So when we saw each other's smiles And hugged each other close, It was a coming home Of hearts Reunited in love. Light poured from our Windowed eyes Illuminating the collective soul. Blessed and grateful We shine brighter The kindness way. Blessings of reuniting, my friends.