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
What Is God? A Nine Year Old's Experience. Posted by Richard Whittaker, May 27 2015 [Excerpt from Jacob Needlman's book, What is God?, that I thought some of you may appreciate. Also excited about his Awakin Call on Saturday.] The year is 1943. I am nine years old. It is dark night, full summer in Philadelphia, hot, humid. I am aware that my father is sitting outside on the front steps. We have only just moved into these small rooms on this care, newly constructed street pretentiously named Park Lane. The street is an island of low-rent apartments in a sea of wealth: leafy streets, large, gracious old houses -- and all embraced by Philadelphia's incomparable Fairmount Park with its stretches of untamed forest and its rushing, mystical Wissahickon Creek. I go down the thinly carpeted stairs and gingerly open the screen door, trying not to disturb my father's silence. I had thought to walk up the street into the sweet air of the park presence. But this time, I ... Read Full Story
What Could An 'OOC For Transformation' Look Like? Posted by Nipun Mehta, May 27 2015 You've probably heard of MOOC -- Massive Open Online Course. Below is a recent emergence around leveraging and evolving some of those ideas, in the direction of ServiceSpace values. In the early days of online learning, Salman Khan famously posted video tutorials for his nephew online, and it rippled into millions of people internationally (even Bill Gates became a fan). That was supplemental learning, though, and the next generation solutions went broader with online learning platforms, a la MOOC. ServiceSpace has been a part of several of them, including the first Happiness Course via UC Berkeley that ultimately had 100 thousand participants (one of biggest ever). MOOC platforms (like Coursera, EdX) work like this: educators create videos of their weekly courses, add curriculum and upload it to the platform. Students sign up online (sometimes for a fee, sometimes for school credit, sometimes for free), and have basic collaboration tools to engage with ... Read Full Story
The Man Who Moved A Mountain Alone! Posted by KarmaTube.org, May 27 2015 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3911 views and 10 comments. "Dashrath Manjhi, also referred to as the “Mountain Man,” spent 22 long years breaking a mountain. It all started when his wife, who was trekking the mountain to bring him food, fell down and got hurt. He said to himself – everyone is born to eat, work and sleep, so why not do one thing in life which is beneficial for his wife and for others and that will serve for a long time to come? He sold his 3 goats so he could buy the hammer and chisel needed to break the 300 foot mountain. After 22 years of daily toil, working from 4 to 8am and again, after 1pm, he carved a road 30 feet in breadth and 360 feet in length. The people from his village could now access doctors, schools and jobs. 55 years later, the Dashrath Manjhi Welfare Trust has been started to set up an employment training school for local youth. Even after his death, Dashrath Manjhi is still alive as his work has inspired thousands in his village and beyond, and will remain an inspiration for future generations." ... Watch: The Man Who Moved a Mountain Alone!
I Don't Recall How I Came ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, May 27 2015 I don't recall how I came across this video but I did :). The first time I watched it I stopped half way through. The next time, I watched to the end. It made me contemplate my own biases. How is my brain wired? What are some things that I do and maybe don't even realize? Just the other day I was outside Casa de Paz and came upon two gentleman. The first, Mark, asked to use my phone. Since he knew Sam, at least by name, I felt an instant connection to him and hence, I trusted him. He called his mom and then had to go. His mom then called me back, thinking I was Sam, and we had a nice little conversation. Next, comes man #2. He also asked to use my phone. I instantly felt uncomfortable. For one, his car had my car blocked in a ... Read Full Story
The Role Of Empathy In Entrepreneurship Posted by DailyGood.org, May 27 2015 "What does empathy look like in action, and how can you incorporate [it] into your business model?" Ashoka, a non-profit organization that looks to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve complex social problems, posed this very radical question. In response, three social enterprises from around the world shared their stories on how they build empathy and compassion. Their methods range from teaching young children in urban schools to cultivate emotional competence, and teaching empathetic financing in banks to teens and young adults, to harnessing our creative abilities to transform the world. [Full Story]
Wisdom Of The Tribes About Money Posted by Birju Pandya, May 26 2015 I've been part of a conversation recently with Pancho and elder John Malloy in the ServiceSpace ecosystem. We have been speaking about the role of gifting financially in a way that invites the sacred (to 'compost' money towards real wealth). Here's some of his feedback thus far, which has been moving to read- "as all the chiefs have said since time began shy water /land is not for sale it's said when a white man has extra he puts it in the bank and calls it interest the red man has extra he then shares it w/friends and calls it wisdom gold is called the rock that makes people crazy the plain indians never wanted or had much because they were nomadic and couldn't take much there is a sense of nonattachment when horse stolen i'll get another :)" and another reflection- "potlatch has been the basis of a gift economy as opposed to a barter or market economy potlatch cermony totally ... Read Full Story
Recent Local Youth Ripples :) Posted by Audrey Lin, May 26 2015 Has been beautiful to witness the ever-evolving ripples among local youth! in the last few weeks, Jane's fifth graders "modeled their values," Kozo shared kindness stories at his son's school, and Anne's Kindness Team returned to SF Waldorf High to bookend the school year. A few months back, Anne, Bradley, and I visited Jane's school, whose trail of kindness experiments blew us away. From a second grade "kindness shop" to a 21-day kindness challenge, to stories of small acts with her fifth graders, we left the school invigorated by the sense of possibility and simplicity of spirit among students, teachers, and parents. This morning, I received an email with some sweet photos and a sweet update on their values-based experiments. A couple weeks back, Jane's fifth graders had put on a school fashion show as a creative, action-based way explore the questions, "What do we believe in? How do we communicate that to the rest of the world?" And ... Read Full Story
In The Aisles ... Posted by KindSpring.org, May 26 2015 I just had a beautiful experience today: While shopping I met a woman, and offered to help her get something off the shelves as she was sitting in a wheelchair. We stood there in the aisle for, I have no idea how long ... certainly at least half an hour. I suggested that we just finish our shopping and go to a Café to continue talking. Today was a beautiful day with a lot of sunshine, so I thought this might be nicer than standing/ sitting in the basement of a drug store hindering other people to reach the shelves. We found a Café with chairs outside and continued talking. I think after approximately 2 hours we, finally ;-)) exchanged our names. Yes, we had been just talking and talking. After approximately 4 hours, we finally excused ourselves as we both still had some more tasks on our to-do-lists for today. We exchanged phone numbers to burn some more hours at another day, in another Café :-) As she mentioned in our conversation that she is in early retirement due to her illnesses and we were in a very central, posh and expensive Cafè (just the next one to the shop:-)) I paid for ... full story: In The Aisles ...
I Know Tim Huang Probably Won't ... Posted by Bela Shah, May 26 2015 I know Tim Huang probably won't share this himself but our Dalai Lama Fellows team is proud to have him represent us in this morning's Huffington Post (sporting a Service Space T-shirt:)
My Father Left Voluntarily This LifeAnd ... Posted by mindyjourney , May 26 2015 My father left voluntarily this life And I once considered the same. Remembered grief of being left Then gratefully came. The tears of sudden loss that we cried; Oceans, rivers and muddy ponds Of what could we have differently tried. Those lessons taught me to reveal The heart binding relentless feel. Unraveled with the rays of Light The darkness receded ever so slow But as it did, it washed clean The journey afresh, enabling purer flow.