I'm joining Service Space because ... I am interested in joining like-minded souls to continue my journey of service and kindness. I want to soak up all the learning I can and give to others.
A good day to me is when ... I make my kids (my own and mystudents) smile. Also when I feel the magic of the Universe :)
My hero in life is ...Hands down The Alchemist!
My favorite book is ...Hmmm...I have so many who inspire me: my husband, kids, colleagues, brother. Even people I don't know who are doing good things for others.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Everything. Truly, truly everything. At the moment, my quest to understand my purpose more fully and for listening to signs that guide me in that direction :)
Nov 03, 2016, 5 comments, 14 smiles What an incredible kickoff we had on our Week 1 Laddership Circle! We began with Birju laying out the flow and giving context as to what Laddership was meant to be. He read us a beautiful quote on the ServiceSpace site that states "Laddership" is the antithesis to traditional leadership. Rather than planning-and-executing, we look to search-and-amplify with the process being just as important as the end result. From there, Pavi began the share out by reflecting on the submissions of each “rung” of this ladder and how deeply we all had gone with each other so early in this circle. And so the sharing began… Chandni was our brave first volunteer to reflect on what brought her to Laddership. A chance meeting with her celebrity rockstar, Nipun, at her university was the catalyst after six years of experiencing ServiceSpace. From there she worked with Laddership’s own, Natasha, and here she is. The ... Read Full Story
Oct 14, 2016, 1 comments, 11 smiles Today my Service Innovation class of 7th graders skyped with the inspirational Jacob Cramer, a ServiceSpace intern this summer. Wow! What an incredible soul he is! he chatted with my students about how he got started, how he balances his service with his other life responsibilities, and the challenges he has faced. Engaged, inspired and connected. Amazing things happen when kids inspire kids. We love you, Jacob!
Sep 02, 2016, 2 comments, 14 smiles [Below are the comments I had shared at the ServiceSpace community night last weekend.] Earlier today, John mentioned that one of the markers of knowing if you're really seeing some someone is you feel like you're bursting in a thousand pieces. I can tell you, I am seeing you, because I feel like I'm bursting into a million pieces. I first breathed in ServiceSpace last year at this exact event. I don't know how I got here, but I was so excited to be invited. It was the most incredible night I have had, I think truly, ever. Since then, I have been blessed to experience two Laddership circles, a Karma Kitchen (which was just beyond!), a kindness Awakin circle, and I got to have Anne Marie and Audrey come to my playground -- a middle school where I teach. I remember after my first Laddership circle, being so inspired, and thinking, "God, ... Read Full Story
Apr 14, 2016, 1 comments, 15 smiles A friend sent me this article today: 9 Ways to Introduce Students to Random Acts of Kindness (And you'll notice the Smile Card photo! Woot, woot!). Many great ideas and apps to hold space for kindness in schools... and their feature photo had me smiling wide! :) Here's an excerpt: "Research consistently shows that volunteering and helping others not only encourages civic responsibility among students, but also helps them develop social skills, strengthen their communities, and learn about their interests and talents and how they can be applied in the real world. There’s also a new emphasis on “soft skills,” like respect, responsibility, perseverance, compassion and kindness that some experts say are more important to a child’s future success than hard skills like reading, math and science."
Mar 28, 2016, 13 comments, 27 smiles I have only met Pancho one time, and even calling it a meeting is a stretch, as we never actually spoke any words. It was at the Saturday night community dinner at the ServiceSpace retreat in Bolinas last year. My husband and I had been invited to join the retreat goers, and to be honest, we knew no one there. I had reached out to Nipun about some work I was hoping to do at my school but hadn't done enough research to realize what an incredible soul he was. And yet he embraced me in the way that he always does everyone, with such acceptance and exuberance, and invited us to join the dinner. Little did I know the ripple of impact that invitation would have on my life. It was at that dinner that I first came to know Pancho. I didn't have a chance to speak with him directly, but ... Read Full Story
Mar 26, 2016, 6 comments, 13 smiles On Sunday's wonderful International Day of Happiness, Pranidhi got us organized by designing a happy moment of silence. From there, we began “popping” with our own kernels of joy on the check in. Matt got things rolling with his share about his second circle in Lima. While his first was just his beautiful wife, Bedroxy and him, this second circle brought in a few more transformed people wishing to break down the glass-embedded walls of fear and build a community of love. One neighbor who came had completed the MIT course for a sustainable world inspired Matt to look further into this creative form of education. To return the favor, Matt made sure to gift her with smile cards and a vow that next year he would be on the side of the road on this day with his own smile and happiness sign. Mihir was up next and reminded us of his ... Read Full Story
Feb 16, 2016, 4 comments, 15 smiles Tonight's call on gift ecology, organized by the amazing Nicole, left us answering our questions with more questions! Recently, Nicole and Zilong were discussing various things gift economy, and thought it'd be great to hold a call and invite co-create a conversation with other Laddership Circle alumni. Nicole sent out an invite, and 10 of us joined in, for a rich dive into the ever-expanding topic. We began by checking in and sharing how each of us was utilizing gift ecology in our own lives. Nicole led the conversation by sharing that she has lived the past year with a deep dedication to gift ecology. From leading her annual Love Walk on Valentines Day to trying to grow a gift ecology community in Colorado, she shared that at times she is being pulled from where her heart is. However, she felt fulfilled when after a new participant of the Love Walk expressed ... Read Full Story
Jan 07, 2016, 6 smiles I came across this amazing article that really inspired me. A few excerpts: "The idea of a Human Library first emerged in Copenhagen about a decade ago, as a way to break down prejudice by bringing people of different backgrounds together for one-on-one conversation. The Toronto Public Library [TPL] held its first Human Library event at five branches on Nov. 6, attracting more than 200 users who checked out the likes of a police officer, a comedian, a model and a survivor of cancer, homelessness and poverty. They're all volunteers whose lives would make good reading, but even better one-on-one chatting. The library is considering make the program long-term, so a supply of human books will be regularly available to readers." "...The cliche image of a library is a place full of books. But with more than 17.5 million users passing through its doors annually, TPL is acknowledging that its branches are also full of ... Read Full Story