About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I feel at my best when I am surrounded by folks who live their lives with compassion, kindness, mindfulness, and wisdom

A good day to me is when ... I gratefully receive the gifts I have already been given

My hero in life is ...anyone who compassionately works to transform suffering (their own and others) into wisdom...

My favorite book is ...The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success

One thing I'm grateful for is ... this moment

My Sixth Grader's Letter To Our Local Police

Jun 01, 2020, 1 comments, 22 smiles My sixth grader wrote a letter to our local police department about George Floyd, race relations and police policies. It was dropped off today. Even though I have similar questions as he, when they come from a child they somehow seem immensely more poignant. Dear Ross Police Officers How are you? I hope you are handling this well. I am writing to ask you a few questions. Throughout the riots about George Floyd's death, I have been meaning to write to you about something. How do you protect against crime in our town without letting race be involved? How do you make Black Amercians feel welcome in a town where they are a minority? How do you not let any form of racism stop you from protecting fairly? I've been feeling like our town's lack of diversity means we have to be careful about making sure we are kind and welcome to all. I feel like there are corrupt and racist police officers out there. I hope I can make a difference by sending this letter. One last question, what can I do? Thank you for reading. Best, Jonah Jai Nessel

Experimenting With Money In A Gift Ecology

Jul 24, 2019, 1 comments, 21 smiles How would a ServiceSpace volunteer approach philanthropy? I’ve been pondering this question ever since attending a Gandhi 3.0 retreat in early 2017. Prior to ServiceSpace, I operated in a culture that saw finances as *the* essential form of capital required to initiate societal changes. At the time, I felt that if only the right people in the right places had sufficient money, the world would be a better place. Over the years of immersing myself into a gift-ecology, however, has enhanced my presence to various forms of wealth that I often overlooked and underappreciated. Alternate forms of capital -- like spirit-wealth of gratitude, equanimity and surrender; or service-wealth of acts of kindness and giftivism; or community-wealth, such as relationships and compassion -- have an architecture of abundance, regeneration and flow. I’ve seen how deepening in any one can create a virtuous cycle that benefits everyone; tending to those specific branches naturally ... Read Full Story

The One I Would Like To Talk To

Jul 21, 2018, 1 comments, 8 smiles

Best Piece Of Advice You've Received?

May 25, 2018, 3 comments, 14 smiles [What's the best advice you've ever received? Here's what 24-year-old CEO of GiveTide, Pete Ghiorse, posted on Quora. --Ari] One day a few months ago, in the very early days of my business, I had a call with a man named Birju Pandya. We began the conversation by exchanging “hello’s.” Then Birju said, “Peter, before calls like these, I like to start with a minute of silence.” “Oh…Okay!” I replied. There was something about the way he said it that caught me off guard. It was powerful and confident, yet calming. Over the next 60 seconds, my thoughts would relax, only to be shaken by the fears and worries that dominated my thinking at that time in my life. A minute later, “So how can I help you today Peter?” Maybe it was that 60 seconds of silence. Perhaps it was my frazzled state of mind. Something about that moment made me feel comfortable. I felt it ... Read Full Story