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A Summer Of Laddership: Lessons From 2014 Interns Posted by Audrey Lin, Oct 02 2014 Every summer, the ServiceSpace ecosystem gets to dive deeper into the values of holding space, deep listening, servant leadership, giftivism, and inner transformation through the lens of youth in our 10-week internship program. Each year, many of us are disarmed by the experience that unfolds. From striking moments on a 30-day Kindness Challenge to trusting in the ripples to small moments of astounding love, this summer was no exception. From June through August, six interns ages 14 to 20 were paired up with six mentors (many of whom called themselves interns :)). Each week, the group explored a theme (such as generosity, simplicity, patience, truth) through readings, videos, personal practices, and weekly group check-in calls to reflect and share on the journey. O

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Circles On Education - A Look Back (and Ahead)! Posted by Audrey Lin, Jan 02 2015 Couple weeks ago, a group of educators circled up in Berkeley to explore teaching and learning through a lens of inner transformation. From all corners of the Bay, many folks braved epic holiday traffic to attend, and so many gems surfaced through the evening of shared stillness and stories. After a period of meditation, we kicked things off with a teacher in Tokyo’s 4th grade lessons on happiness, flowed into stories from the field from Anna’s mentoring of creative spirit, Scott’s inquiry on teaching and embodying gift ecology, and Thao’s lessons on gratitude and values-based learning. The beauty of a circle is that so many spontaneous stories, unpredictable connections, and sincere insights emerge when we simply hold each other with the presence of listenin

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Education Is GNH: Learning To Nurture Our Hearts Posted by Tim Huang, Jan 28 2015 In 1972, the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan adopted the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), a holistic approach to development that moves beyond GDP and takes into account shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, cultural preservation, and other factors that are essential to human well-being. And while I cannot speak to the manifestation of Gross National Happiness as the complex policy tool or index that it is in the government’s eyes today, I can speak about my lessons on GNH at a more simple, human level – in the heart-felt and empowering education of young people in Bhutan. Last month, I volunteered as a founding facilitator for Camp Rural-Urban Friendship (RUF), a 10-day camp that brought together over 100 youth from rural Dagana in southern Bhu

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