I'm joining Service Space because ... I am inspired by the community of compassion, and service through inner transformation
A good day to me is when ... I have felt and acted in accord with the goodness of humanity
My hero in life is ...Gandhi and MLK Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
My favorite book is ...so many - but perhaps but perhaps "Karma Yoga" by Vivekananda and "Small is Beautiful" by EF Schumacher
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Awakening
Jun 20, 2017, 4 smiles Thom Bond, Director of the New York City Center for Non-Violent Communication, and a student of Marshall Rosenberg, will be our Awakin Call speaker on July 8. But before then (on June 21, 2017) is the deadline to sign up for his online 52-week Compassion Course, which has received general and widespread acclaim. Please join us for the Awakin call with Thom on July 8, and consider enrolling this week in his gift-economy online compassion course!
May 24, 2017, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ken Cloke: From Conflict To TransformationReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that we often "delude ourselves" into thinking we are handling conflict well when we are "only withdrawing from our opponents, remaining silent, and avoiding engagement or controversy." Instead, we need to engage with the conflicted parts of ourselves. Can you recall a time when you might have pacified a conflict situation rather than getting to a stable peace by working through it?
May 12, 2017, 17 smiles This message we received from the mother of a teenage daughter contains a beautiful and powerful ripple from last fall's Awakin Call with Jeannie Kahwajy -- the edited transcript of which recently ran in Daily Good: "Read your interview with Daily Good on “Catching Everything as Help”, and loved it. It resonated deeply with me, and I found myself wishing for an example of how to be this way with teenage daughters. Later that night… on my way home from work my 18 yr old daughter sends me very angry texts which escalated and triggered anger in me. This night could have gone frighteningly wrong.Instead, I channeled Jeannie's mantras, and decided to find out what was really going on. She tried to get me to fight with her. My feet wanted to run. I stayed, and asked, and listened. She opened up about the perfect storm of a horrible day she ... Read Full Story
Feb 07, 2017, 3 comments, 31 smiles I am still processing the magic and many shifts emanating from our week together at Gandhi 3.0. But as I am about to go off-line for a bit, I wanted to write at this still-early stage to share preliminary reflections and to express my profound gratitude and humility for all that continues to arise within me as a result of our time together. My journey with ServiceSpace is such that the unexpected and sublime (or, more accurately, the unexpectedly sublime and mind-blowing) continues to meet me at every turn... Before arriving in Ahmedabad, I thought I was well on my way in beginning to grasp the profound principles that guide ServiceSpace and the ripples and tsunamis it is creating in the world. And I enjoyed watching a few of the other participants start to grapple throughout the course of the retreat with the dance of the inner and the outer, and the wisdom ... Read Full Story
Nov 20, 2016, 1 comments, 8 smiles Several of us shared space this morning for a revival of the periodic calls of volunteers of the Global Awakin Calls Team! From Washington, DC and Boston to Lima, Peru – from a cattle ranch in Idaho to the Bay Area – our team members gathered to reflect on and share about their “aha” moments that have arisen from, and been made possible by, the labors of love of countless behind-the-scenes volunteers of the Global Awakin Calls. Among the nuggets shared: Kozo’s experience reaching out to and connecting with Jeannie Kahwajy, a guest whose call he heard after-the-fact, only to learn that they share experiences about health issues involving themselves and loved ones; Lynn’s experience of “just doing it” in jumping into her moderating role, and so expertly doing so in the recent call with Bonita Banducci; Matt’s experience connecting with Carol Ruth Silver for clarification while transcribing her call, only ... Read Full Story
Sep 30, 2016, 2 comments, 18 smiles [Below is a transcript of the informal talk I shared at the ServiceSpace retreat in 2016. Gratitude to Anuj for the back-end work that led to a transcript.] I'm going to take a little bit of a systems or telescopic lens in talking about inner transformation. We focus so much on leading with inner transformation and the ripples that follow from small acts, and so I want to explore that “ripples-based” Gandhian model of change in the context of our broader systems operating socially, and the relationship between systems and inner transformation. Again [to use our language from yesterday], what is the relationship between the circle and the square? Should we keep focusing on the circles and ever-widening ripples, or do we at some point also have to worry about the design of the square which may constrain and hold in those ripples? One of the themes that I have been exploring ... Read Full Story
Jan 03, 2016, 6 smiles Secret Kindness Agents spread good will through small acts of generosity in metro area - Omaha.com: Living When every week seems to bring a new tragedy and with it a reason to doubt others, Omaha's Secret Kindness Agents harness the idea that goodness still exists, and that cultures can be improved, one small act at a time.
Jul 15, 2015, 6 smiles Really excited for this weekend's Awakin call with Kay Pranis. Kay is one of the most highly respected and sought-after national trainers in the art and technique of circle practice -- healing circles, peacemaking circles, dialogue circles, and restorative justice circles. In addition to using circles for restorative justice, she has been involved in developing the use of peacemaking circles in schools, social services, churches, families, museums, universities, municipal planning and workplaces. I had the privilege of attending one of her training sessions earlier this year, at the suggestion of my dear friend Sujatha Baliga, a leading restorative justice practitioner. I was moved by the depth of Kay's mindful attention, compassion, and self-discipline as she ably holds space for individuals and groups and supports them as they learn to communicate and work through issues. As Kay has said: "Everyone belongs in a circle. And the circle is always directed towards ... Read Full Story
Jul 13, 2015, 1 comments, 13 smiles The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees. More in When You Give a Tree an Email Address
May 23, 2015, 1 comments, 8 smiles Beautiful Bill Moyers interview of Marshall Ganz, who worked closely with Cesar Chavez and deeply studied movement building: Few tidbits that stood out ... "Anatomy of a movement: story, strategy, structure." Movements are distinguished from interest groups – movements have narratives (tell stories because they are not just about rearranging economics and politics; they also rearrange meaning). They are not just about redistributing the goods – they are about figuring out what is good. They have this cultural piece of work, along with the economic and political. Requires risk-taking, uncertainty, and going against odds. Requires hope. Where do you go for hopefulness, courage? Go to moral resources found within narratives, identity work, all faith/cultural traditions. "Narrative stories matter -- to the heart; so also does strategy and structure. But narrative provides the motivation." "Understanding is not associated with abstraction; it’s the particular that’s the portal onto the transcendent. Through the particular, I’m able to ... Read Full Story