I'm joining Service Space because ... I value having a community with which to practice 'inner work' while engaging in 'outer projects'
A good day to me is when ... I'm breathing :)
My hero in life is ...So many :)
My favorite book is ...So many :)
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Love
Sep 22, 2017, 2 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed The Joyful Economy. Welcome to Work+T! This month we look at a conception of economy based on joy; dive into the nuances of values-aligned livelihood; explore the neuroscience of talking; and recap an interesting interview. Wishing you a joyful start to fall :)
Aug 25, 2017, 3 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Emotional Granularity. Happy Summer Friday! In this month's Work+Transformation, we focus on the transformative aspects of emotion literacy, whether its in senior leadership or how we handle our off-times. Turning emotional capacity into a practice can be a core practice in transforming the workplace to that of deeper well-being and compassion.
Aug 16, 2017, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Andy Smallman: Kindness As An Avenue To AweReflection questions: This week's guest is "drawn to cultivating awe in my life, by which I mean noticing little things that evoke in me a sense of wonder or delight. It's when my soul opens up and I realize on the deepest level that there is no separation among anything, that we are at once fully connected AND individual representations of the divine. Kindness is both an avenue in to recognizing awe, and is the result of experiencing awe." How has kindness been an avenue to awe for you?
Aug 07, 2017, 3 comments, 24 smiles A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tag along for an auspicious gathering at San Bruno Jail in San Francisco. Kazu Haga (here's his Awakin Call), who runs East Point Peace Academy, was leading a graduation ceremony for some men in the jail. That in itself is a rare occasion, but this ceremony was for a rare feat - completing a course curriculum (theory & practice), while in jail, on the nonviolent approaches of MLK Jr - or what is called 'Kingian Nonviolence.' Kazu himself is a rare individual (I'd recommend listening to the Awakin Call), having done spirit walks with monks, devoted his life to nonviolence, and choosing to live in the spirit of gift. And he greets me with open arms despite not having seen me for years :) We walk in through the security, and my eyes are opened as it's my first visit to a ... Read Full Story
Jul 25, 2017, 4 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed What Power Does To The Brain. Welcome to Work+Transformation! We hope you're enjoying the season! This month we highlight rudeness, power, and taking energy ... of course we also highlight how to flip it around :) Wishing you all well!
Jul 06, 2017, 20 smiles Over the past few years of Laddership Circles, one of my favorite topics for inquiry has been 'wealth.' There have been many folks coming to engage with the ServiceSpace ecosystem - in part connected to a wish to evolve their relationship with money, and consequently, wealth. Perhaps a wish to more deeply align with values connected to love and interbeing. Of course, ServiceSpace has been talking about gift-based approaches for a while, and so it's a place to inquire. Over the many dialogues, one of the themes I've seen emerge is the value of naming the 'spectrum of gift.' Rather than approach it as a binary, such that either the approach is 'gift economy/ecology' or not, to dive deeper into the nuances. To that end, I've come across several possibilities in the inquiry, and I'm sharing with the intention of inviting that inquiry into a broader space. Without creating a hierarchy, ... Read Full Story
Jun 21, 2017, 2 comments, 3 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Transcending 'Conscious Capitalism'. Welcome to June's Work+Transformation! This month is a deeper dive into the nuances of what transformation in business could look like when we question the fundamentals of capitalism. Whether that's rethinking conscious capitalism, or understanding the neurology of capitalism, or experimenting with power & privilege dynamics, it's all connected to transcending the implicit rules of our current financial system. We wish you joy!
Jun 14, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mark Barone & Marina Dervan: An Act Of Dog: 5,500 PortraReflection questions: Our guests this week are a couple dedicated to raising consciousness around animal welfare, and who believe that, "Everyone can learn to cultivate deep roots of compassion at any age...and help to create a world that is rich in humanity and free from discrimination." What tools and practices in your own life allow you to deepen the roots of your compassion, across different boundaries?
May 24, 2017, 2 comments, 2 smiles This month's 'Work + Transformation' newsletter is themed Buen Vivir. Welcome to Work+T! This month we push boundaries of what an investment fund could look like through Buen Vivir; we see the cutting edge approaches to naming and addressing unconscious bias; review one woman's vulnerable journey living in the spectrum of gift ecology; and see a live example of how leadership can concretely change through inner work. Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer!
Apr 26, 2017, 2 comments, 12 smiles I really enjoyed this in-depth interview of natural 'farmer' Ragu by Madhu. It's rare to have such an in-depth convo (+1 hr) with a natural farmer focused specifically on the topic of land. Ragu shares at great depth how a paradigm shift in the mind leads to wild differences in the concrete reality of land, and the incalculable abundance and regeneration that results. Especially rare because of the context that Ragu is coming from - years living in silicon valley, exposure to the wide spectrum of tech, investing, and 'sustainable' forms of living, all transmuted into an embodied understanding that leads to a way of life today...