About Me  

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 "Karma Yoga" by Vivekananda and "Small is Beautiful" by EF Schumacher

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Becoming conscious

Nuggets From Michelle Kinder's Call

Aug 27, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, kindness activist and longtime educator Andy Smallman and I had the privilege of hosting a remarkable Awakin Call with Michelle Kinder. Dallas-based therapist, community leader and speaker Michelle Kinder examines and teaches conscious leadership “from the inside out.” For many years, she led the Momentous Institute, a 99-year-old nonprofit that has been building and repairing social-emotional health through education and mental health programs. Momentous Institute serves vulnerable children through therapy services, curriculum and teacher training focused on students’ social-emotional health, a school program for young learners, and more. Under her lead, the Institute was named one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women and one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Texas. Kinder notes that children cannot be emotionally healthy unless their families and community are also healthy. Seeking to address the inequities themselves, she now works with traditional leaders to help them embrace “socially conscious leadership from ... Read Full Story

Michelle Kinder: Conscious Leadership From The Inside

Aug 21, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Michelle Kinder: Conscious Leadership From The Inside OutReflection questions: Our guest this week has come to believe that "No matter how wonderful a program is, if it is done as a bestowing – a certain group of people making decisions for another group – that is never going to bridge the divide in our city.” Does your work fit within this paradigm of "bestowing," and how do you plant seeds for a deeper mindset or consciousness shift to address underlying structural issues?

Wendy Palmer: Leadership Through Aikido And Mindfulness

Jul 17, 2019, 1 comments, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Wendy Palmer: Leadership Through Aikido And MindfulnessReflection questions: How has embodiment and physical movement been an important component of your spiritual practice?

Nuggets From Srinija Srinivasan's Call

Jul 13, 2019, 3 comments, 8 smiles Last Saturday, the wonderful Terry Patten and I had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Srinija Srinivasan. Terry initiated a far-reaching and playful dialogue with the effervescent Srinija that brought forth her endless curiosity and the deep questions of life that she’s holding. An accidental tech exec, Srinija Srinivasan joined Yahoo! in 1995 as one of the first five employees, serving as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief for 15 years before stepping down in 2010. With a background in artificial intelligence, her work at Yahoo! centered on the human experience, expanding into leading editorial and policy issues globally. During that time, she also chaired the board of SFJAZZ, a nonprofit leader in jazz creation, presentation, and education. These experiences together led her to co-found Loove, a developing music venture designed to demonstrate how commerce and technology can be guided by artistic values rather than letting our culture be led by market ... Read Full Story

Srinija Srinivasan: Transforming Our Market Through Art

Jul 03, 2019, 2 comments, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Srinija Srinivasan: Transforming Our Market Through ArtReflection questions: Our guest works to shape commerce and technology by artistic values rather than by market values alone, and believes that music has a unique ability to bring us into the present moment. Do art and music help restore equilibrium to your life in the face of a dominant market culture?

Nuggets From Gregory Ellison's Call

May 26, 2019, 1 comments, 7 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting a unique and interactive Awakin Call with Gregory Ellison, ably guided by Aryae. Reverend Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II is an artist who creates spaces for fearless dialogues. He challenges each of us, "who are you and how will you fight for freedom in your most authentic way?" Fearless Dialogues is a grassroots initiative that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations that see gifts in others, hear value in stories, and work for change and positive transformation in self and other by "fearing less." It has engaged nearly 50,000 worldwide in more than five years. Ellison feels that lessening the fear of strangers is central to his walk as a Christian. He engages his fear by practicing "radical hospitality," simple but profound strategies that show people you see, hear and care about them -- a practice he ... Read Full Story

Gregory Ellison: Fearless Dialogues

May 22, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Gregory Ellison: Fearless DialoguesReflection questions: Our guest this week invites us to practice radical hospitality with the "strangers" within ourselves -- the voices and fears that call us from deep inside, that are strange because we oppress and push them out -- and to make room for them to speak. These voices tell us who we are. What "strangers'" voices are within your soul?

Nuggets From Jay Coen Gilbert's Call

May 12, 2019, 8 smiles Last week, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Jay Coen Gilbert. Recently named to an illustrious list of the "10 people transforming how we think about capitalism," Jay Coen Gilbert aims for nothing less than a capitalist reformation. "Be the change" is the ethic that inspires the nonprofit he co-founded, B Lab. Wanting to counteract what he saw as the toxic effects of shareholder primacy, he began asking questions like, “How can businesses be agents of social good?” In 2006, Coen Gilbert and two friends started B Lab -- after a successful run as a for-profit entrepreneur who ran a successful athletic apparel company, AND 1. Jay's nonprofit B Lab scrutinizes and then certifies qualifying corporations based on such criteria as positive community impact and financial transparency. B Lab has certified more than 2800 companies as “B corps” which are monitored by B Lab for their impact ... Read Full Story

Jay Coen Gilbert: Business For Social Good

May 01, 2019, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Jay Coen Gilbert: Business For Social GoodReflection questions: How can businesses be agents of social good? What inspiring examples have you come across of companies who are changing the world for the better?

Nuggets From Linda Hess's Call

Mar 31, 2019, 2 comments, 13 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting a lively and fascinating Awakin Call with Linda Hess. Dr. Linda Hess is a scholar, writer, and translator of devotional/mystical poetry from North India – especially of the 15th-century poet Kabir. She taught in various universities, concluding with 21 years in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, from where she retired in 2017. Linda is not only a scholar of Kabir, but a devotee and lover. She writes: “I fell in love with Kabir almost as soon as I met him. He was sharp, funny, vivid and astonishing. What you didn’t want to hear, he would say—over and over, in your face. But you liked it because, really, you did want to hear it.” Her devotion to Kabir informs and is informed by her practice in Buddhism. She began Zen practice in 1974 and has also participated in vipassana retreats in ... Read Full Story