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.
Apr 07, 2021, 2 comments 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 comments, 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, 2 comments 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?
Mar 11, 2021, 4 comments, 14 smiles Thank you Audrey, Nipun, and everyone present, for the beautiful Santa Clara Awakin Circle yesterday. As I listened to several of your reflections about wonder -- about how it doesn't come as the result of intention or effort, but just arrives on it's own -- I was reminded of my favorite poem by the English poet William Blake: "Eternity."
Feb 14, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Neil Gaught. As far back as he can remember, Neil Gaught has been consumed by “a conflict that exists in my heart and mind that pits the way things are against the way things could be”. He is now a leader among business thinkers who are helping companies create a whole new operating system to radically rethink and operationalize purpose so that they (and we) might have a sustainable future. After a successful corporate career in design and branding, Neil dropped out of the corporate system and moved to New Zealand, where he found the space to look with fresh eyes. Neil’s books and system outlining Single Organizing Idea (SOI®) were born from deep inquiry, as an answer to how Neil himself, as well as businesses, can be a force for good. SOI is a set of tools and processes ... Read Full Story
Feb 10, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Neil Gaught: Single Organizing Idea: Creating And Operationalizing Purposeful BusinessesReflection questions: In which areas of your life have you felt a conflict between "the way things are" and "the way things could be"? How have you taken time and space to reflect, stand and operate skillfully within that chasm?
Feb 01, 2021, 1 comments A couple of friends in Myanmar, Naing and Thae — two courageous educators and peace makers -- have been reaching out for connection at this very challenging time in their country. Wendy and I received urgent notes from both of them early this morning, expressing their alarm and sadness in the wake of yesterday’s military coup in Myanmar. I’ve attached their notes below. Thae’s request: "Our friends, if you see this message from us, please kindly assist Myanmar by raising your voice by condemning this inhumane military and spreading this message to other countries." For their protection we’re just using their first names. If you’d like to reach out to them, please comment on this post, and I'll forward your message to them. You can read the story of the coup in today’s New York Times, at Myanmar’s Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Is Detained Amid Coup Sending love to Naing and Thae in ... Read Full Story
Nov 15, 2020, 4 smiles Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Matthew Fox. Matthew Fox is a pioneering spiritual theologian, author, and perhaps the only man alive who has had this theology systematically singled out and denounced by two successive Popes, only to see a third Pope incorporate it into Church doctrine. His stance on issues like the sacredness of our relationship to the environment, the divine feminine, gay rights, and others has sparked a spiritual revolution in the United States and around the world. While his life has been full of innovation in work, worship, and education, his heart has been anchored firmly in fidelity to service and mystical reconnection, even in the face of opposition and resistance from prevailing dogma. Along the journey, he’s been consistently regarded as one of the most spiritually influential living people, and received numerous awards, including the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award, whose other ... Read Full Story
Nov 11, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Matthew Fox: Fidelity Vs Faith: Bowing To The HeartReflection questions: Our guest this week has spent his life negotiating his faith between fidelity (obedience) to the church vs. bowing to the voice of his own heart. He's consistently chosen the latter. How do you navigate or negotiate this balance between adhering to authority, as opposed to heeding an inner voice, and how and in what realms has that tension shown up in your life?