How We Responded to the PandemicA pandemic reminds us that everything is connected. And in a many-to-many way. Such times of collective suffering make virtue visible, and even if the light stays on momentarily, we can't unsee the good that we saw. It’s time to get to work. Read More »
Gandhi 3.0: Vortex of Noble Friendship70 global love warriors hold a simple idea: if diverse people can all hold space with a focus on inner transformation, something may shift in the matrix of our interconnection and create a field for radically innovative solutions for today's challenges. Read More »
My Six Weeks of Laddership"How have I evolved? I am not sure yet, except to say that the former me wouldn't allow "not sure" to be an answer." Lara reflects on the subtle shifts from her 6-week virtual Laddership Circle. Read More »
Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpaceDalai Lama awarded ServiceSpace Founder with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
The Gift SpectrumBirju outlines and reflects on different shades of gift economy and ecology. Read More »
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Karuna News: Karuna News: Innovating For Compassion Posted by KarunaVirus , Sep 23 2020 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!We often don't know what we're capable of until a person or situation (like a pandemic, perhaps?) moves us to care deeply enough to give of our attention, time, and selves. This care can unlock a flurry of creative solutions. It can ricochet into one's community and take on a life of its own. With unprecedented challenges unfolding around the globe, it's no surprise, then, that remarkable innovations for compassion are in parallel unleashing tidal waves of goodwill, so long as we have the eyes to see it.Read the full newsletter here ...
Arlie Hochschild: The Deep Stories Of Our Times Posted by Cynthia Li, Sep 23 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Arlie Hochschild: The Deep Stories Of Our TimesReflection questions: Our guest this week, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, left her “blue bubble” of the Left Coast to immerse herself in hearing, without judgment, the deep stories of persons living in southwest Louisiana. How do you cross the “empathy wall” to hear the stories of “the other”?
Mentor And Friend For 25+ Years. May RBG Rest In Peace. Posted by Preeta Bansal, Sep 23 2020 [Below is a post that I had shared on FB, about my cherished relationship with RBG, and I was asked to post it here on ServiceSpace as well, the feed for my beloved community.] We didn't hit it off right away. When she was a judge on the DC circuit, she interviewed me during my second year of law school in 1988 for a clerkship -- and rejected me, following a somewhat awkward interview all around.* I went on to clerk for Hon. James L. Oakes, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. There were almost no Indian Americans in the law or in public service on the national scene at the time (most started coming to age about 5-10 years later), and I didn't have a language for my experiences or a peer group of contemporaries ... Read Full Story
KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: The Art Of Posted by Guri Mehta, Sep 23 2020 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: The Art Of Unlearning.Editor's Note: We used to say that change is inevitable. These days, however, it might be more accurate to say, change is continual. How well we cope with change depends not only on how easily we learn new things but even more so on how well we can unlearn. Letting go of our minds' old hard-wired habit patterns and unlearning what no longer serves us helps create space for new learning to emerge. --Guri
Money, Power, And System Change In The World Posted by Carol Xu, Sep 21 2020 We psychologically attribute too much power to people with money and authority. We often expect or wait for the rich and high-status people to change the world. We grow upset or resentful, if they do not fulfill our expectations. We may think that we have to become rich or attain high status before we can bring about “real” change in society (whatever real means). When we do not have money or authority, we are often treated as a tool by those who do to reach their goals. When we don’t have money or authority, we often treat each other as a means to acquire money or authority. When we don’t have money or authority, we often reduce ourselves into a machine (or a cog in a larger machine) whose main purpose is to maximize wealth or social status in life. When the machine does not achieve its purpose, we beat ... Read Full Story