I'm joining Service Space because ... An opportunity to connect with a soul community to grow in my capacity to act through love.
A good day to me is when ... When seeds I´ve planted in peoples minds and hearts germinate through concrete actions
My hero in life is ...Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success
My favorite book is ...MLK, Gandhi, LIncolnd
One thing I'm grateful for is ... My family and fiance
Feb 28, 2021, 5 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Oscar Perez Marcos. Several years ago, Óscar Pérez Marcos was not satisfied with the successes and failures of his life. Born in Spain, he had begun working at the age of 16 and became an entrepreneur (with mixed results) at age 21. Searching for more, he embarked on a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, and experienced a critical awakening. He discovered what didn’t matter to him, as well as what did: helping others. He undertook a new journey of unconditional surrender to others and the discovery of himself through volunteering and service. This journey took him to Ghana, India, Colombia and Mexico. Now a citizen of the world dedicated to social entrepreneurship, Oscar seeks to design social experiences to develop human potential. His goal is to reach 1 million people. To that end, he has developed and co-designed The ... Read Full Story
Feb 24, 2021, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Oscar Perez Marcos: Developing Conscious LeadersReflection questions: Is there a pivotal inflection point in your life where you took a break to reconsider what doesn't matter and what really matters to you? How did that inflection point arise, and then manifest in your journey?
Nov 06, 2020, 12 comments, 28 smiles In preparing for the Priceless Pricing Pod that is starting this weekend, i decided to capture some of what I have been reflecting on about how our concept of wealth can integrate gross and subtle forms of value. When I landed my first job after college in 2005, I found myself fully immersed for the first time in the logic of the prevalent financial system. I was working in a company that makes stuff and bought into the idea that if I could use my skills to add value to this company then it would exchange my work for money, and I could use that money to buy the stuff needed to live a happy and healthy life. I was invited to open an investment account to save for retirement. The idea was that if I could add enough value to make more money than I needed to live, then I ... Read Full Story
Mar 21, 2020, 1 comments, 11 smiles Hi everybody! The past few days in Central America have been a wonderful invitation to really reflect on what we might learn from the coronavirus pandemic. In my neck of the woods, the health and economic crises are about to unfold, and there is a strange sense of "urgent stillness", in which many change-makers have had their usual "in-person" approaches stripped away, yet are eager to support. I realized a couple of days ago that it is precisely in this kind of situation that social action rooted in compassion is uniquely fit to contribute. We are in a situation in which effective action is needed at lightning speed to save lives as the spread of the virus follows its exponential curve. Compassion is the only answer because of way in which the speed of love lubricates the often rusty hinges of collaboration. In essence, compassion enables what I would call hyper-collaboration. The link ... Read Full Story
Jun 20, 2019, 3 comments, 25 smiles As we gear up for an upcoming Laddership Circle, I was reflecting on some of my experiences when I participated in a circle few years ago. One of the biggest learnings was how the circle challenged me to engage personal values-driven experiments in my life. I used to walk to work. One week, our circle was invited to notice things that you don't normally notice. As I was walking to work, I saw an elderly woman who was walking with her walking stick. She was a little stuck on a step in one part of the sidewalk, unable to move forward. I noticed this, and there automatically arose in me a desire to help her with the step. So I went and helped her up the step, which turned into helping her walk across the street, and then into helping her walk to the hospital. Then I realized, why is this woman walking ... Read Full Story
Dec 15, 2018, 16 comments, 22 smiles The inspiration and laddership of this ecosystem have been sowing seeds here in Costa Rica. Things have been developing in interesting ways! :) A few months back, I had the opportunity to share about a few experiments that are underway to bring generosity and love into public service. As an update, last month, we gifted a few visionary leaders and practitioners in the field of education a weekend retreat to combine meditation, empathic communication, design thinking, systems thinking and Theory U to think creatively about the role of empathy and compassion in transforming the public education system. There were many synchronicities in the process - a boutique hotel in the cloud forest even gifted us the space for the retreat! We entered the retreat with no expectations in terms of the results, and yet amazing things were sparked by this weekend gift. The Minister of Public Education asked this crew of innovators ... Read Full Story
Sep 06, 2018, 20 smiles Earlier this week, Jin Wei hosted a beautiful ServiceSpace circle at the Berkeley Monastery on creating systems change with compassion -- with Terry Patten, and many others from the local community. I was quite deeply moved by this circle, and particularly Marty Verhoeven who joined as a last-minute guest. Below are some of the profound questions that emerged during our time together ... Can we organize as a fractal and hologram, such that collective systems contain patterns of inner transformation? (Terry) What will enable love to speak with it's actual, inherent authority over weaker forces? (Terry) What does it take to transform the identity from "radically autonomous individual" to "sum total of all my relationships"? (Marty) How do we provide palliative care for the old, while midwife-ing the new? (Preeta) Post independence in India, when Gandhi was asked, "What do you fear most?" His response: "Heartless Intellectuals." The dominant paradigm is busy monetizing (and hence cheapening) relationships. ... Read Full Story