About Me  

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.

Nuggets From Amir Hussain's Call

Mar 30, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Amir Hussain. Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He teaches on world religions, focusing on Islam and contemporary Muslim societies in North America. He has twice been chosen by students as Professor of the Year. He previously was the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Dr. Hussain is an advisor for the television series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. Author of Muslims and the Making of America, he tries to highlight how Muslims have shaped what it means to be an American, as well as to amplify the nonviolent tradition of Islam. He notes that most Americans don’t know that Muslims have been here since “before this country was this country,” going back to the transatlantic slave trade. He was the ... Read Full Story

Amir Hussain: Nonviolence In Islam

Mar 25, 2020, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Amir Hussain: Nonviolence In IslamReflection questions: Our guest this weeks has written extensively about the rich history of Muslims in America, which pre-dates the country's founding, as well as the nonviolent nature of the faith. From where, when and whom do you draw your knowledge of Islam, and of Muslims in America?

Nuggets From Rob Lippincott's Call

Mar 19, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Rob Lippincott. Rob Lippincott is birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, striving to bring Quaker values to business and education. Inspired by Quaker collective decision-making processes, Rob says, "You can ... move a project and a corporation in the right direction, if you listen to all, capture their unity and use their collective strength." He has devoted his career to innovation at the intersection of learning and technology. At PBS, Discovery and Pearson, he led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools. He has served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School and Cambridge Friends School, and has taught at Newtown Friends School, Abington Friends School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently, he serves of the board of living community planned for northern California which is ... Read Full Story

Rob Lippincott: Quaker Values In Business And

Mar 11, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Rob Lippincott: Quaker Values In Business And GovernanceReflection questions: Our guest this week hails from the Quaker tradition, which from the earliest days of America, has had a quiet but profound impact on this nation's founding, its leading social movements including civil rights, and in the Industrial Revolution and the growth of principle-based capitalism. What are the effects of religiously inspired governance or business practices in your workplace or community?

Nuggets From Carl Safina's Call

Feb 12, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Carl Safina. Dr. Carl Safina is an ecologist who has been named among the Audubon magazine’s “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” He is a gifted author who has dedicated his lyrical, non-fiction writing to exploring how we are changing the natural world and what the changes mean for human and non-human beings. In the natural environment, Safina sees the spiritual. The first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, Carl is the founder of Safina Center, a nonprofit nature conservation and environmental organization which advances the case for life on Earth by creating an original blend of science, art, and literature. His most recent TED Talk “What are animals thinking and feeling?” received a million views in its first month. Author of several best-selling books, he hosted the 10-part PBS television series “Saving the Ocean”. Below ... Read Full Story

Carl Safina: Conserving Life On Earth

Feb 05, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Carl Safina: Conserving Life On EarthReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we cannot preserve the wild in nature unless we preserve human dignity, and we cannot conserve human dignity while continuing to degrade nature. How has your treatment of the natural world affected your internal state, and vice versa?

Ramachandra Guha: Gandhi's Biographer On Social

Dec 18, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ramachandra Guha: Gandhi's Biographer On Social MovementsReflection questions: Our guest this week is an Indian-bred environmental historian and economist who, despite his initial inclinations to write on other subjects, found that he had to reckon and "settle accounts with" Gandhi as he found himself drawn to environmental leaders who practiced Gandhian philosophy. How have ideals of changing the world led you back to practices of changing yourself?

Nuggets From Joel Solomon's Call

Dec 01, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Joel Solomon. “Why not have money be more life-giving? Let’s use our money to create conditions for more hope, inspiration, and love, because beneath it all, love is the true nutrient.” Joel Solomon is founding partner of Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, which delivers above-market returns while investing in companies that catalyze positive social and environmental change. "I believe that we’re on a massive renewal in how we understand money,” he says. "No matter how much or how little each of us has, what we do with it is somewhere an expression of what we care about and our beliefs about the world." Joel believes in investing in companies and communities dedicated to solving the key economic, environmental, and social issues of our time. He is the co-author of The Clean Money Revolution, calling for the reinvention of power, ... Read Full Story

Joel Solomon: Financial Wealth And The Inner Life

Nov 27, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Joel Solomon: Financial Wealth And The Inner LifeReflection questions: Do your values align with how you think about, earn and use money? How do you check that alignment from time to time in order to make adjustments to your work, leisure, savings, consumption, outflows, or investments?

Nuggets From William Dyson's Call

Jul 28, 2019, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with William Dyson. William Dyson is a technology visionary based in Oakland. He is the founder of the Douglass Decentralized Operating System (DDOS), named in honor of Frederick Douglass — an African American icon who stood for the equality of all peoples. Through DDOS, Dyson seeks to create new inclusive economic and political spaces, culture change, system change and redefining computing. DDOS been developed from the ground up with the intention of bringing Martin Luther King’s “Beloved Community” into reality. At the age of 5, William began a meditative practice. When his family spun into poverty 6 years later, that practice helped him to get through each day, support his family, and experience the understanding that he was not alone. William has devoted his adult life to developing technology that will disrupt computing as we know it; empowering worldwide communities in ... Read Full Story