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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

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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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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Public Art: A Path To Safer, Stronger Neighborhoods Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 22 2014 Art that merges with the landscape brings human presence, safety, and physical activity into the city's spaces. This kind of art triggers more than one sense: it is something you move in, touch, and, in some cases, even eat. In Detroit, a spread-out city of single-family homes that is difficult to traverse and pockmarked by vacancy, these artistic interventions are an uncommonly powerful nexus of community life. They create welcoming traffic, as well as opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together. It is for a city with a future. [Full Story]

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Chance Encounter With 96-Year-Old Dada Vaswani Posted by Nipun Mehta, Nov 21 2014 I had met him once before. Also by chance. Last November, I was sick and my body was weak, but Sheetal felt deeply called to have me accept Dada Vaswani's invitation to attend a public program. It meant that I would have to cancel my flight and instead, spend the entire night sleeping sideways on a moving bus. Sheetal, however, is a long-time partner in service, so I went with his intuition. Our gang of 6 was cordially seated in the front row, with more than a thousand folks behind us. The plan was to attend the gathering, give a short talk, and take the bus by night. Right before the event starts, Dada Vaswani walks in and a devotional fervor grips the room. Someone informs him of the day’s program, and points to me as a guest. He immediately motions organizers to bring another chair and have me sit next to ... Read Full Story

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My Friend Terry And I Are ... Posted by , Nov 21 2014 My friend Terry and I are in the process of getting a Labyrinth in Mesquite knowing that it will serve many purposes for our community. Maybe even put us on the map:)

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7 Ideas For Compassionate Communities Posted by DailyGood.org, Nov 21 2014 Are you looking for inspiring ideas to take action on some of society's broadest and most challenging issues? From addressing homelessness to providing medical care (in exchange for a song), look no further than this list of 7 revolutionary ideas from Yes Magazine. [Full Story]

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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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