From Gandhi 3.0 To Deep U

Posted by Vasco Gaspar on Jun 22, 2018
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Dear friends,

My heart is full as I write this email in deep appreciation for all of you.

Yesterday we finished the first official edition of the Deep U program, a 3-day retreat of Awareness-Based Human Flourishing. I feel that the program is the "coming together" of everything I've been learning, gathering and integrating in the last 12 years (Mindfulness, Heartfulness, Theory U, Social Presencing Theatre, etc.).

After Gandhi 3.0 retreat, it became clear that one ingredient that could be deepened in our world today: a huuuuge amount of selfless Love and giftivism! Like the one we have been experiencing and receiving through this ServiceSpace beautiful ecosystem.

But a question was present: how to give selflessly what you've been cultivating in the last decade?

The Laddership Circle was the "catalyst" that helped us refine the design and experiment the concept in these last three days. After "digesting" all our Laddership experience and also after many dialogues with Maria and some "ladder-friends", we've found a way to integrate giftivism into the experience in a way we believe can be sustainable, fair and that contributes to several causes at the same time.

Inspired by several projects (e.g. Bonnie, Sehr, Galia, Aslinur, Marian, and many, many others) we came up with the following design:

- people apply to be part of the event;
- the community of alumni help select the ones that seem more aligned with the purpose of the program;
- people are then officially invited to participate;
- volunteers prepare several "gifts" (e.g. heart pins, badges and many others), in a way that also involves participants of past events (in this edition Dani was a magnificent "ladder" in this, making most of the materials and even inspiring her parents to stitch some of the bags!);
- finally the participants go through the experience, which intends to be a "greenhouse (the "soil" is prepared, the "seed" is "planted" and then "watered");
- at the end they receive the "bill". It says zero.

But it also makes them conscious of the ones who contributed for their experience, the actual costs of the edition, and also how the donations will be applied in future programs. They are then invited to make a conscious pay-it-forward move if they wish.

Then the question was: how to manage the donations? Regarding the financial ones, the idea was the following. Imagine three buckets. The first one is for costs (e.g. venue, materials, etc.). When that bucket is full, the "water" starts moving to the second one. This one regards the "opportunity cost" of facilitation (I've decided to charge only 25% of what I normally do in the market in terms of fees so I can be sustainable) and also a fund for future events to cover extra costs (e.g. plane travels, accommodation, etc.). When this one fills, the "energy" then moves to the last bucket, the only one that doesn't have a limit: donations to support other projects, specially the ones related with the program "pillars". The intention is that all profits, in case they exist, are channeled to different NGO's (e.g. Presencing Institute, Heartfulness Institute, ServiceSpace). ;)

Will it work? We don't know. But me and Maria are excited to try it out and to see what ripples emerge.

Ah, and the best part. Right at the end of the program we used a "cover story" to share with them some pictures of the process. Right before the end of the program we started by sharing the experience of Gandhi 3.0 and then said "it is better to share with you some pictures and a music from Nimo, one of the volunteers". We gave them the Lyrics and everyone started watching the video. What they didn't know is that they would not only watch Gandhi 3.0's pictures, but also pictures from the volunteers, from the Laddership and from themselves! At the end we said: "Welcome to Gandhi 3.0", did a short silent sacred ceremony and gave them the "bill".

Here's this edition's video:

The feedback received so far has been amazing! From people saying that this was one of their most important moments of their lives, to others saying that they were so vulnerable at the end (in a good way) that they just wanted to cry and release what was closed inside, to people offering to organize Awakin Circles and stitching heart pins :))))

We can only be grateful for this experience and looking forward for seeing the seeds growing!

As you all contributed for this, we want to give you a big thank you, from the Heart, for allowing us to be at Service.

Vasco and Dani

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  • Kishan Laddha wrote ...

    Wow ! Thank you so much Vasco for sharing it. Such incredible flow of love. Loved the design process, its very thoughtful and reflective of practices you deepened. Wishing you, Maria and Gandhi 3.0 family there a wonderful time and look forward to witness ripples of what you all seeded with love in love for love.

  • Vasco Gaspar wrote ...

    Thank you dear Kishan! You're part of it too! :)))) Love to you and your beautiful family!

  • Myron Eshowsky wrote ...

    Inspiring Vasco. The design process is so helpful to my own as I evolve with all that we have learned beautiful what you've created.

  • Linda Francis wrote ...

    Dear Vasco, Thank you for this beautiful sharing. What amazing love and creativity. I am excited to hear what comes of these beautiful co creations.

  • Galia Tyano wrote ...

    dearest vasco
    while watching the video i just felt this urge to dive in it, take part in all those beautiful, creative activities you designed - all rapped up with so much love and attention to the smallest details one can imagine. i feel so lucky to be able to witness such a profound research inside yourself that gave birth to this amazing flow of love generosity and contentedness. sending you tones of love!!! and rest after giving so much of yourself. see u soon here with deep u.

  • Vasco Gaspar wrote ...

    Thank you dear friends! Love to you all!

  • Aabha Gupta wrote ...

    Dear Vasco, Thank you for sharing the story of this beautiful emergence. The photos are reflecting the love and care put into designing the event and being experienced by the participants. I am sure the participants are probably able to express only part of what they experienced coz it would have been soooo profound! Love the write up on pay-it-forward and the idea of three buckets. I wish to see you in Pune and other parts of India with Deep U :))) Sending loads of love to you, Maria and Dani <3  

  • Maria Bras wrote ...

    Lol Dear Aabha, thank you for your beautiful comment but when you said love to Maria and Dani I just realized that Vasco signed my name as he usually call me (Dani - my second name is Daniel) but everyone at Gandhi 3.0 knows me as Maria (my first name) :))) I guess I can say, thank you for the love in double!! ;) Love in double for you too!!! xxx

  • Fabrizio Alberico wrote ...

    Vasco and Maria, thank you. You may have been inspired by Service Space to offer in the spirit of gift, but the way that you have implemented it is uniquely yours, and in my view it embodies a skillful union of wisdom and compassion. All gift-based events would do well to learn from your experience. I know I will be implementing these ideas into my own offerings in the future. Deep Bows to Deep U. _/\_

  • Maria Bras wrote ...

    Dear Fab, thank you so much! I can only say it has been a pleasure to read your posts as you have been sharing from a deep beautiful place. Loved the "Deep Bows to Deep U"! I might adopt it as an email signature! :)))

  • Vasco Gaspar wrote ...

    @Galia: Thank you so much! let's set our intention to bring Deep U to Israel ;)))) Tons of love back! :)
    @Aabha: thank you for the double love for Maria/Dani :)))) Let's set our intention as well to go to Pune! ;) Lots of love to you!

  • Vasco Gaspar wrote ...

    @Fab, thank you so much for your words of celebration and recognition. I feel happy that you find the design useful for your events. If I can be at service of you and your projects, please let me know. We can have a call and share in more detail some ideas about of the design. Love

  • Birju Pandya wrote ...

    So much heartfulness! ♥ And interesting approach to Dana also! Curious to hear what inner and outer ripples emerge from this design 😊

  • Nisha Srinivasan wrote ...

    What a wonderful flow Vasco..

  • Becky Jaine Suzik wrote ...

    Dear Vasco and Dani. Thank you so much for your deep sharing of ideas and love. You have inspired many ideas for my work. By the way I try to access the video and it asked for a password? I would love to watch it if it is still available. Thank you so much sending lots of love to you and to all those you bless. Xo

  • Jerry White wrote ...

    VASCO-MAR-DANI !! Love hearing your news and feeling like I was present and smiling. Miss you both!