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 »
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Week 6: The Many Edges Of Community Posted by Liam Chai, Jul 23 2016 Going waaaaay over the scheduled 90 minute call, our sixth and final week of the Laddership AM Circle on the theme of Community has come and gone. I’ve split this into two blog posts, with the second one to come! With Bill dressing up as a rapper, and Nipun as our bald monk, we begin the call with an extra long minute of silence. As ever, our opening batsman, John, kicks us off. In London this week he tried “being a little bit more mischievous than I already am… One of the things I like to do is just talk to people and watch how uncomfortable they become.” During one mischievous adventure on the underground, John saw a man try to dive his hand into a lady’s handbag. He stopped him subtly and then engaged in a conversation with him. In his reflections he writes, “"As my stop came up, I wished ... Read Full Story
Community - Week 6 Call Highlights Posted by Bonnie Rose, Jul 23 2016 Community - Week 6 - Call Highlights “You are the Sky – Everything else, it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chodron “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”― Mother Teresa “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden We began with a minute of silence. Then Somik offered two questions: What practice did you try this week? What did you notice about community? Amir resigned from his job. His practice was vulnerability. He has evolved authenticity in his career and beyond. He feels ecstatic, nervous, and excited about what can and will emerge. To practice vulnerability, he got in touch with his feelings and shared with his co-workers and others. He sees expansive possibilities in this practice. In terms of community, he sees that it will grow as he shares his true self. ... Read Full Story
Help To Launch Mount Maslow Mentors For Over 65s Posted by , Jul 23 2016 Hi, I just joined you! I am starting up a new non-profit, online Social Enterprise service for over 65s I have named: Mount Maslow Mentors. My objective is to use the Internet to link all over 65 years of age who are isolated and lonely to create a new Community of Mature Adulthood where Kindness and Care is the currency of exchange. I am currently creating a website and Facebook page for it. Briefly, here is an introduction to it: MOUNT MASLOW MENTORS (3Ms – Mind, Meaning, Maturity) Speaking from the Peak of Mount Maslow Mentoring Minds and Linking Our Separate Selves Aging as the Achievement of Mature Adulthood Welcome, this is Jack Carney, 71 years aged, in Santiago, Chile. I want to introduce you to a new online service based in Santiago I call Mount Maslow Mentors. This free service is for those over 65 years of age who want to be part of a Volunteer Community ... Read Full Story
Weekly Roundup Posted by ServiceSpace , Jul 23 2016 Thanks to Min, Sam Beard came to visit us. Having worked with close to a dozen sitting presidents, he was founder of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. After our meeting, he said, "Wait, wait" and raced to line at the coffee shop, handed a twenty to a person in line along with a Smile Card. :) He later wrote, "Amazing what ServiceSpace has done. So different and so impactful. Wow!" Pancho helped anchor a Activism + Transformation circle last Sunday. Some really powerful stories -- and a closing song that sent chills down our spine. More soon. :) Ram picked up a $250 donation with a really sweet letter from an elder in British Columbia. "In memory of my recently deceased sister. She died in early May 2016, and I believe she was a member and active participant in Smile Cards!" In India, Mihir is anchoring weekly calls for some domestic coordinator. This week's ... Read Full Story
Letting Love Come In: Lessons From A Nursing Home Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 23 2016 "Two and a half years ago my grandmother was placed in a nursing home where she will live out the rest of her life. She has dementia and so her memory capacity has been marred. Somehow though she remembers kindness. She is my constant teacher. One of things we like to do is walk down the halls in the nursing facility saying hello to the other residents...When I go to the nursing facility, it is like going to the village. I do not know the individuals histories but I have a sense of their spirits now and I have come to care for them. In that context, I would like to share a story of my time with my grandmother and some of these elders that I have come to think of as my relatives too in a way."... [Full Story]
Cubs: Creative Acts Of Kindness For Grandparents And Posted by Trishna Shah, Jul 23 2016 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Creative Acts of Kindness for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren. Take a look."Young people need something stable to hang on to -- a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them." -- Jay Kesler
Maitri Tune By Aadi Sankaracharya Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Jul 22 2016 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Aadi Sankaracharya: Guru Paduka Stotram.
Letters To Lucia, His Missing Daughter Posted by Amit Dungarani, Jul 22 2016 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Letters To Lucia, His Missing Daughter Reflection questions: Has personal crisis ever been a catalyst for you to shift your lens from resentment and anger to one of compassion and forgiveness? What personal practices have assisted you in undergoing such a transformation of the heart?
Former Dress Shop Owner Feeds Thousands Through Posted by DailyGood.org, Jul 22 2016 What started out as a simple gardening project for a grad student has now grown into a multitude of flourishing gardens, and a community coming together. This is the story of how the Randolph Street Community Garden came to give nearly 2,000 people access to fresh fruits, and vegetables and become a place where food, fun, and friendships grow. [Full Story]
Experiments In Truth: Interns Q&A With Zilong! Posted by Audrey Lin, Jul 21 2016 For our summer internship this week, our theme was on Truth, and we were graced with the gift of getting to dialogue with Zilong-- a pilgrim of that very quality. Before we even began, Zilong prefaced the conversation with "When I was at Saheli and Jacob's age, truth was not really on my mind. So I bow to you for starting the project so early." :) (Every week, for every theme, Pranidhi, Amit, and I feel very much the same way. :)) Below are some excerpts from our interns' Q&A. Can you share about your childhood? Did you have any early influences in this search for truth? The more I think about my grandparents these days, the more I see the root of it. They are really such truthful people-- even during the Cultural Revolution, in China, or difficult political times when family members were telling on each other in order to stay alive, ... Read Full Story