I'm joining Service Space because ... I founded a global community to do what I can to make a positive difference in the world, and then discovered how ServiceSpace is already doing this, on a large scale in such a beautiful way, with so much to teach me.
A good day to me is when ... I can reach out and connect with others, and find ways to share our journeys.
My hero in life is ...My father, my wife, my daughter, my son, my teachers and my friends.
My favorite book is ...Book of Formation (ancient Kabalistic text), Tao Te Ching, The Essential Rumi, Complete Works of Shakespeare
One thing I'm grateful for is ... The awesome gift of the beauty of this world; the chance to connect with others to pass this gift on to future generations.
Jun 07, 2021, 6 comments, 12 smiles At the tail end of a recent Awakin Circle I was reminded of a time about ten years ago when I received an unexpected lesson in the miracle of being alive. Ironically I was driving on my way to see the doctor. To get from where I live in Half Moon Bay to the doctor’s office in Redwood City, you drive over the hill on Highway 92. The narrow two-lane road takes you up to a crest high above the valley below, and winds back and forth in hairpin turns. It was raining. I was running late, so I was probably driving a little fast. The road was slippery. I came to a turn where the road goes sharply left. I turned the steering wheel, but the car kept going straight. I tried the brake, but the car kept skidding forward, straight toward the edge of the cliff. I looked around me. There was ... Read Full Story
May 03, 2021, 2 comments, 6 smiles Run with the Unexpected So many portals to you Hindu, Jew, Sufi, Sikh, artist, lover, dancer, explorer, peace-warrior. Children, strangely familiar, are rushing up to greet and initiate you. Joyful ravens are singing you their call and response from scattered trees, while humming humming birds dart through the bushes below. A mystic moon facing your face is fading into morning. Run with the wind into places unknown to you where fantastic fungi and trembling ferns and wild lillies are weaving exuberant streams for you to ride on, into the heart of wildness. When a too predictable life has become stale and tired: Run with the unexpected. Learn the secret. Keep your promises, the sacred ones, to those you love, those who trust and depend on you, yourself. Break your promises, the other ones, the habit-threads you’ve woven into the net that has caught you. How? Run with the unexpected!
Apr 26, 2021, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Jonathan Greenberg. Jonathan Greenberg co-founded the Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, which disseminates the teachings of Dr. King and Gandhi, aiming to advance the theory and practice of transformational nonviolence—to "powerfully confront and overcome injustice and systemic violence and contribute to the just resolution of communal conflict." His co-founder is Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s strategic adviser from 1960 until Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, who spent countless hours with Dr. King “in crisis and action, negotiation and decision, intimate conversation and prayer.” Greenberg previously spent more than 30 years researching, writing, and teaching, primarily at Stanford. His teaching stood out for its direct, experiential formats in which students often holed up together to negotiate peace. “This is the space where I come alive, in those moments of true connection, soul to ... Read Full Story
Apr 21, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jonathan Greenberg: A Builder Of Beloved Community Cultivates Hearts And Skills For PeaceReflection questions: Is there a moment in your life when a sense of alarm became transformed into a passion, or fear into empowerment? In which spaces do you truly come alive?
Apr 19, 2021, 6 comments, 7 smiles Dawn Wake up, turn off alarm, shower, dress. Check the calendar and to-do list. Set up the gungfu tea out on the deck. Bundle for the dawn wind. Breathe slow. Listen. Pour tea. Say the morning blessings. Notice the clattering thoughts clamoring for attention. While hovering silently all around, wrapped in a cloak of dawn-dark clouds, chattering birds, wind-fluttering leaves, the world's morning sounds, and an old man sitting on the deck: Timeless Presence.
Apr 12, 2021, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with David VanderMolen. David VanderMolen is the Learning Sensei of a multi-billion dollar global manufacturing company that has transformed its corporate purpose into a vision of "Truly Human Leadership" -- where the company's people and employees are viewed as the company's primary "product". In an "aha" moment, David's own vision of leader as problem solver and high-wattage motivator transformed into one of leader as deep listener and enabler for others to solve their own problems. Mastering the skill of deep, reflective listening, he became the Primary Architect of a communication skills program, a three-day immersive learning experience, that has inspired change in the lives of 10,000+ world-wide. He has equipped nearly 300 Certified Trainers to facilitate courses in five languages globally. David brings a contagious passion for learning, listening and leading -- catalyzing corporate leaders to rethink their primary purpose. Below are ... Read Full Story
Apr 07, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'David VanderMolen: Integrated Leadership Lessons: Shifting From Preaching To ListeningReflection questions: Have you ever felt that your knowledge exceeds your embodied wisdom? How have you sought to integrate your knowledge with your lived experience so that you are able to speak and act from a place of authenticity and embodiment?
Mar 21, 2021, 1 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Patrick Meier. Patrick Meier is a digital humanitarian helping to silently transform the story of underdeveloped countries through technology. Inspiring a team of volunteers using free, open-source technology from Africa, he created a live map in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake -- described by the head of FEMA as the most comprehensive crisis map of Haiti available to the humanitarian community -- and became a pioneer in the field of live crisis mapping. He now scales humanitarian aid through the use and localization of appropriate robotics solutions. These include aerial, marine and terrestrial robotics. He creates disruptive models that seek to up-end top-down solutions and that devolve power, voice and money to local communities -- to counter his view that "the vast majority of social good projects seem to be led by foreign experts. They parachute in to ... Read Full Story
Mar 18, 2021, 2 comments, 11 smiles In last night's Awakin Circle, Nimo shared a joyous song from a legendary Gandhian sculptor, Kanti-dada: I was struck by how the lines: "We came crying, crying / But shall go laughing, laughing" are almost identical to the words from Psalms that we sing in the Hebrew blessing after a meal. The lyrics of that are: "The one who sows with tears will reap with joy":
Mar 17, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Patrick Meier: Digital Humanitarian Devolving Power & VoiceReflection questions: In what ways does your work require you to "parachute in" to difficult situations in order to problem solve? How do you get more proximate or devolve power and voice to the people you seek to serve?