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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

    In late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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The Girl With A Brave Smile Posted by Jyoti , Nov 20 2014 At the heart of the beautiful campus where I work, is a beautiful 80 year old chapel. Whenever I can steal a few moments from my work, I go there to enjoy the quiet sanctuary. Studying at a Catholic school from K-12 may have started this habit when I was growing up, as the school chapel was a place to find some serene beauty and offer up my prayers even when I was growing up. Recently, as I was entering the campus chapel, a girl in a pink jacket was leaving it. She was most likely an undergraduate student who lives on campus. We crossed each other at the threshold. As we made passing eye contact, I beamed a smile at her. She half-returned my smile. It was the kind of smile that comes with a lot of effort, the lips quivering in resistance, wanting to be pursed instead, and eyes ... Read Full Story

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Smile Card Shippers -- And Four Apples Posted by Sujatha Babu, Nov 20 2014 We have a team of about 30 shippers worldwide, who have fulfilled incoming Smile Card orders every week for the last 5+ years. Our typical process is to send them supplies in bulk, and then they ship out the orders that are assigned to them (while kindly covering the cost of postage). Some of them are new shippers, some have done over a thousand orders, and many are in between. It's a joy to be connected to each of them, as we try to embed acts of kindness through the small parts of our process. One of our shippers -- Marilyn -- ended up living close to one of the suppliers. So instead of mailing her the supplies, he dropped it off to her doorstep. On top, he included four apples and affixed a Smile Card on it. After returning home, he wrote her an email asking if she got it, and here's how Marilyn responded:   Yes, I got the smile cards -- and the apples and the lovely card!! You made my day and I've been smiling and energized all night. Now I know what it feels like to be tagged with kindness and it's a wonderful, wonderful feeling. From my heart to yours, thank you so very much.

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Riders For Health: Motorcycles That Save Lives Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 20 2014 Solving community problems requires more than newer and better technology for the poor. It requires something more radical than that--that we rehumanize the poor. People require not only new technologies to solve some of the biggest challenges in rural health and development, they require basic technologies--like transportation for the cadres of health care workers and others. Riders for Health realized this and is changing lives--their own and others--through their simple realization that transportation is not a privilege but a necessity. [Full Story]

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Bus Driver's Act Of Giftivism Posted by Bhoutik Mehta, Nov 19 2014 Saw this going around, from a FB post by Elizabeth Gilbert:   Years ago I was on the midtown cross-town bus in NYC, in evening rush hour, in January, in the sleeting wind and rain. Yeah, it sucked. The bus moved at a crawl, and everyone on it seemed depressed. It would've been far faster to walk across town, but the weather was too godawful to bear. Everyone was definitely hating their life that day. When we reached 10th Ave, the bus driver made a surprising announcement. He said, "Ladies and Gentleman, we are now nearing the Hudson River. I'm going to ask you to do me a favor. When you get off the bus, I'm going to hold out my hand. As you walk past me, I want you to drop your troubles into the palm of my hand. I'll take your troubles for you, and when I drive past the river, I'll throw them ... Read Full Story

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When An Entire Town Walks Into A Convenience Store Posted by KarmaTube.org, Nov 19 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 17891 views and 33 comments. "He runs a convenience store in Levittown, New York. For the past 10 years, Avi Gandhi has owned and solely operated Center Land Stationery -- working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a single sick day. He is, however, much more than a guy who punches numbers into the cash register. "He knew the names of everyone who came in, who their family was, what their disappointments were, the dreams they had. He would frequently joke, offer sage advice, let people pay him back if they were hard up, listen intently, and make people feel like they mattered," says friend and customer, Celeste Hamilton Dennis. So when the local community learned that he was going to have to let go of his lease, they stepped up with a flash mob to show him how much they loved him. Take a look." ... Watch: When an Entire Town Walks Into a Convenience Store

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Planting Seeds In Our Hearts: Our Time With Uncle Nimo Posted by Trishna Shah, Nov 19 2014 We are so grateful that Nimo decided to grace the London community with the Empty Hands Pilgrimage during the past two weeks, where we collectively hosted more than ten different types of shows, gatherings, volunteer events, Seva Cafe (first one in London!) and school visits to share his beautiful offering of music and love with people from all walks of life.  While everyone who had the opportunity to attend one of these various gatherings was so deeply touched by Nimo's journey and offering, it was beautiful to see the many magical moments outside of the formal events through which Nimo touched our lives simply through his presence and love in each moment. Our family was blessed to host Nimo for the last few days of his stay in London, which was something Sareena had especially been looking forward ever since I shared with her that Nimo was going to be staying ... Read Full Story

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The Splendid Practice Of Silence Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 19 2014 In this beautifully grounding piece, a former monk shares insights from a year of silence and contemplation. "Deep within each of us is a great well of health, abundance, knowledge, guidance. When we enter the silence and stay in the silence, we come into direct contact with that sacred well. In that place dwells our True and Higher Self: It is that part of us that exists and operates in a place where there is no time-- no past, no future, only the present moment...One of the most powerful spiritual practices you can adopt is also one of the easiest to do." Read on to learn more about this monk's experiences and how he suggests that you can practice silence every day. [Full Story]

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I Recently Attended A Conference In ... Posted by Neil Patel, Nov 18 2014 I recently attended a conference in Pune on Social Innovation hosted by the visionary Prof. Anil Gupta. With me was our own Bhav Yatri Sheetalben, who was representing ESI. There were many illustrious speakers throughout the day, including the founder of Jaipur Foot which has designed cheap and flexible artificial limbs which to provides free to the poor and Dr. Devi Shetty, who runs a 15,000 bed "health city" that does 12% of India's heart procedures. But my highlight was at the end of the conference, when a chance was given to anyone who hadn't spoken to share. Sheetalben gets up and humbly shares that she is from Moved By Love at the Gandhi Ashram :) where she has observed that social innovation begins with connecting hearts. It's not about the hardware, it's the software that is most critical. We can talk about funding and scaling, but what about the ... Read Full Story

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Challenge - Day 11: Posted by KindSpring.org, Nov 18 2014 When I had my knee replacement surgery 3 years ago, I was having a particularly bad night because of a pinched nerve in my lower back. I will never forget the kindness of the nurse that I had that night. He went above and beyond to help relieve my pain and discomfort. So, to pay it forward, I talked to the nurses at the oncology center where I go with my friend for chemo every week and have made plans to bring in treats or something to brighten the drab, colorless room once a week. This week I am filling small colorful "favor" boxes with treats for each patient and in subsequent weeks, I plan to make cookies, buy bouquets of balloons for each aisle, and provide some Halloween treats for the patients.    ... full story: Challenge - Day 11:

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The Journey From Your Head To Your Heart Posted by Ani Devlia, Nov 18 2014 At 9.30 am, on an autumnal rainy day a couple of weeks ago, Trishna, Nimo and I were adding the final touches in preparation for the InnerService One day retreat, "The Journey from your Head to your Heart." As I added the finishing touches to the centrepiece in the retreat room, I looked around at the various vases and pressed flowers for the "right size and shape" green leaves to add to the beautiful display of stones and rose petals. Just then, two people, Nisha and Anil, whom we had not met before, arrived. Saying hello, Nisha placed in my palm, some leaves saying, "I saw these leaves on a tree in front of your house, and thought they were so unusual and beautiful so thought we may be able to use them somewhere" ... yes, they were exactly the right size and shape, were what I'd been looking for. As ... Read Full Story

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