Imagine a few dozen people coming to your home, and you don't have the furniture, food or fun ready. Then, add a couple hundred gate-crashers. :) That's sort of what happened to us at the start of our summer Laddership Pod -- no tech, no curriculum, and no plan. Panic or postpone? Neither. We trusted emergence. And we know the rest of the story
Actually, that pod was only part of the story. What unfolded was our "Pod Technology" that has already become the bedrock for umpteen Pod variations. We've hosted multiple 7-day "hands, head, heart" immersions
on it, and earlier this week, we started another Pod
with 180+ applicants from 19 countries. Various external groups are bringing their entire communities onto the platform. Later this month, we are hosting a 'Sacred Space' retreat. In Romania, they had 70 applicants for a 15-person Educators Laddership circle that is coming up. Already, our newest curriculum is being translated to Spanish by a "Social MBA" group in Colombia, alongside Japanese. Prior to the pandemic, we had plans of an in-person "Boddhisattvas in Training
" retreat, and now, we've scheduled it for December through our newly emerging processes and platforms.
Given our rather unique process, the manifest designs are equally unique. Maybe even radical. At a cursory glance, of course, our "Pod Technology" is just a commercial-free way to share content and engage. However, as you peel the layers of the onion, it allows for the formation of distributed pods. At yet another level, it offers tools, not for mere management or leadership, but laddership
of intersecting parts. Even more subtly, it creates a pathway to do Italy Talgam shared in his talk on great conductors
: do-nothing laddership, powered by our deepest intrinsic impulses
. In a world that is overwhelmingly designed for content, our genius lies in unlocking the context.
One of the trending movies on Netflix right now is The Social Dilemma
. One of our community members helped produce it, and is featured in it as well. It tells an alarming story of "content", the perverse effects of social media: "Tree is worth more financially dead than alive. A whale is worth more dead than alive. And now, we've become the product ourselves." It's a dire warning about losing context. If a tree is the context, wood is the content, and chair is the product, today's zeitgeist is myopically focused on chairs. Intellectual awareness of considering the tree are easy, and public oversight and regulation is a bit harder, but ultimately, we can only feel into the invisible roots when the medium becomes the message.
Someone recently spotted a heartfelt endorsement of SSp online, that opened with: "The truth in this talk made me cry. The sort of cry that suddenly springs from being so shaken by the fact that there is a force that is more powerful than anything out there and it's beautiful. No superheroes with capes, no super ability, alien influence or radiation mutation. Simply humans. Us."
That "suddenly springs forth" is the force that propels ServiceSpace. Our world feels real, and such impulses feel ad-hoc. By our mere existence, we are offering a flipped narrative: maybe the material world is a house of cards, and it is this "force more powerful" that is real.
Within just a couple weeks of the pandemic, we launched an entire KarunaVirus
portal. Ad hoc or real? We can go down the list of 20 years. Hardly an anomaly. Everyone innately recognizes this strength, and ServiceSpace rekindles that faith. Yesterday, on a call, Gary Zukav
mentioned how the opening lines of his upcoming book explicitly thanks the entire ServiceSpace ecosystem for keeping that flame alive.
Around the globe, people are hungry not only for what we offer, but the way it's offered. Following an interaction, in Persian
, with change-makers in Iran, the local buzz has continued. On the island of Guernsey, Karma Kitchen has inspired the launch of "Suspended Pizza". From Portugal to UK to Hollywood, various gift-ecology experiments
are in motion. Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska is hosting a wide-spread "belonging" event that is organized
on our platform. A NYT best-selling author tweeted this week's Awakin Reading: Movie of Me
. Dalai Lama's group at Emory approached us to host at 21-day Compassion Challenge on KindSpring. From a park in Austria to prison
in the Philippines to a college in Vietnam, every day, we see SSp ripples arising, intersecting, converging, and heading back to the Ocean.
As the heartbeat drums on, we also continue to get umpteen talk invites, from Germany's Innocracy conference to Vinoba Ashram's webinar to a women's leadership group in Switzerland. Last week, I had a conversation
with a London based happiness group, where 2000 thousand people signed up (and 10K watched it on FB live). Just today, I agreed to a youth interview on Ismaili TV alongside a "Sage-ing" Jewish community of elders.
It's hard to know where this emergent ecosystem of compassionate intents is going. Yet, simply holding and carrying such sacred seeds feels important today. Intentions like this Pod applicant from Singapore: "I am looking inside me to learn, question and grow. In less than eight months, I have lost my mum, sis, (brother to suicide) and partner. I chose love over fear, when I decided to stay alive, and reach my potential, and seek like minded positive people. God bless all the amazing work you guys are doing.
Thank you, for being keepers of noble intentions. That context is the ace up our sleeve. :)
On Sep 20, 2020 Ragu wrote:
The Himalayas, or the Amazon rainforest is an ecosystem. It takes a long time for a natural ecosystem to form. Centuries, actually. What these ecosystems are made of (their content) - the peaks and the valleys; the contours and the plains; the soil and the species - become our context, the very means of our existence.
A pod contains seeds. Each seed has the potential to create another tree - a new context whose roots enrich the soil, leaves clean the air, branches host the birds, flowers nourish the bees and the fruits or the pods feed different species, and seed the next generations. A pod is the most mature technology of a natural ecosystem.
Similarly, the content of Service Space has been formed from decades of authentic life experiences of each member. Add up all the decades of experiences of thousands of members shared over twenty years, the content becomes integrated and synergistic. Hence Service Space resembles natural ecosystems. Its content becomes the context - the means for thinking, feeling, deciding and acting for its inhabitants, or even visitors. This is how a story posted in a laddership pod becomes a template for someone else to experiment and fill in with his or her own story - the content becomes the container for someone else to fill and on and on it goes. It is a process that enables spirited people to move from content, to context to ultimately, Consciousness.
This is not a tall claim but a simple, humble reporting of one person's life-view. What else can explain our family's choice to simpy stick to our practices for over a decade and doubtlessly, without hesitation to abstain from numerous attractics from the egosystems that surround us? Or indulge in metric-less activities that might take decades to come to frutition?
To add a twist to John Lenon, "I may be awakin' but I am not the only one."
Thanks Nipun, for the EcoView.
Since the fruits are fallin', we need a harvest technology too to complement the pod :) [Hide Full Comment]
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