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
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]
Get Your PJs On! Posted by Deven P-Shah, Feb 26 2015 Pacha, is inside a bubble floating in the air, dancing and singing… thrilled that she is connected to trees, the sky, clouds, flowers and everyone around her. Suddenly the bubble drops, and she finds herself in her bed. It was a dream. “Mama, I had a dream that we are all connected, the whole world!” Pacha beamed to her mom. “Why don’t you create a video about it sweetheart?” her mom replied. Pacha acted on her dream. She created the video. The video reached to youth all over the world. Pretty soon, young kids in Johannesburg, South Africa and Los Angeles and Chimichagua, Columbia and Mexico City and Oakland, California and Atlanta and Republic of Togo are dancing … they are frolicking to Pacha’s tune … in classrooms, in parks, in streets. Here is the fascinating video of Pacha’s dream and her story… I saw the video on website of our Awakin Call speaker Aaron Ableman – Pacha’s ... Read Full Story
The Same Root Posted by Zilong Wang, Feb 26 2015 Recently, I watched two powerful documentaries within the span of two days, each delving into a heart-wrenching and enraging theme (plastic waste and its global trade; state surveillance and liberty). The back-to-back exposure to just two of the various facets of our mega-crises prompted me to wonder: Are these problems related? What’s the root cause? The first one, Plastic China, by filmmaker Wang Jiuliang (of Beijing Besieged by Waste fame), traces the global plastic waste trade, and documents the shocking impact on the Chinese regions/people that receive and process these garbage. Below are some images from the film, which will be released this summer. While watching the film (a preview), I alternated between wanting to cry, to vomit, and to release the indignation — not knowing how. The second film, is the Oscar-winning Citizenfour. The movie is shocking and inspiring. The painful hangover soon arrived from watching these powerful documentaries. On one hand, I want to ... Read Full Story
We've Had Some Remarkable Awakin Circle ... Posted by Nipun Mehta, Feb 26 2015 We've had some remarkable Awakin Circle openings in the past month. About a month back, Thuy opened in a very heartfelt way -- which was particularly poignant since the Freely vs. Free reading was by written by her! The week after, Zilong shared an incredibly thoughtful opening for a somewhat deep reading, that led to a very powerful circle. Last week, Shiv opened with his vintage humor, enthusiasm and depth around his grandmother's personality of cherish small things -- on a reading on sincere enthusiasm. :) And this week, Kozo opened with his experience of washing feet of a homeless man, that moved many. Beyond each week's brilliance, there's a subtle kind of diversity that continues to be cultivated over a longer period of time. It goes well beyond the diversity of physical traits, and seems to generate a kind of vibrational resilience through an ecology of thoughts. Pancho is in a meditation retreat, but someone made an offering of two poetic oranges yesterday, that had a phrase he frequently uses: Kindness Temple. Any place where someone can offer anonymous oranges with such love has no choice but to be sacred.
I'm More Than Grateful To Be ... Posted by Hitch Boukhari, Feb 26 2015 I'm more than grateful to be here!
The Art Of Stillness Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 26 2015 Giving up what seemed like an exhilarating life and a dream job in the heart of New York City, Pico Iyer made a pivotal decision by moving half way around the world and into the foothills of Kyoto, Japan. Gone was the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, and found was a place that he felt afforded him a chance to find what he was looking for... stillness. For as Pico Iyer believes, it is in 'stillness' that we can find what truly sustains us. [Full Story]