I'm joining Service Space because ... I am incredibly grateful and excited to have the opportunity to serve with inspirational souls.
A good day to me is when ... I laugh out loud joyfully with another person
My hero in life is ...My son
My favorite book is ...Love Poems from God
One thing I'm grateful for is ... A sense of humour
Dec 08, 2020, 1 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. What a year this has been. Our values, both individual and collective, have been dragged into the light for us to have a long hard look at in a way that has been relentless, unnerving and enlightening. The stark light of 2020 has given a degree of clarity that is unprecedented (certainly in my lifetime). In this newsletter, we have two extraordinary essays that explore values and our relationship to money and the economy with that same clarity; two invaluable maps as we venture into the territory of 2021.
Sep 19, 2020, 1 smiles Inspired by multiple forms of wealth experiments in this ecosystem, the startup I've been involved in has spent the last year researching and testing out a payment system that honors "kindness capital". In a few weeks, we're launching "KinderPay" where people will have the option to 'purchase' our digital products with three acts of kindness. :) In a world conditioned by market economy, this experiment has led us to some interesting findings, such as how our age affects the way we embrace this idea: Children aged 6-11 love the kindness capital option; pre-teens aged 11-13 find it harder to get excited about; adults aged 20-35 think it's lovely, but wonder about feasibility of costs; and then adults 50 years or older tend to embrace the idea. Another question that has surfaced is: How do we accept kindness capital as "payment" without equating it to monetary capital? What structures or context or 'creative ... Read Full Story
May 18, 2020, 3 comments, 11 smiles It has been such a privilege to learn from the many stories and insights that surface in our Laddership Circles each week. A profound image that a member of our circle shared yesterday: I was the receiver of a micro moment of kindness with major ripples in my early twenties… I was at a point in my life when I was extremely low and, while I don’t think I would have acted on it, thoughts of ending my life had started to creep in. It was a dark time and I didn’t see a way out of the darkness. I was working in the front office of a government office and barely holding it together. My boss came back from her lunch break and brought me a cookie with a big smile. It touched my heart on a day when any shred of kindness or love meant I was able to get through that day. I do not even remember if I ate the cookie, that wasn’t the point. It was like someone lit a candle in a super dark room and it was enough light that now 20 years later I still remember it so clearly. It made me reflect that we never, ever know what impact an act of kindness will have. The small details seems to be so vital to aliveness in every sense.
May 02, 2020, 1 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. I have run out of adjectives for the world's current situation (the word 'unprecedented' must be exhausted from over use) so it was a delight to find inspiration from our Laddership ecosystem and a lens on lockdown as a creative constraint.
Mar 29, 2020, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. The world has changed and as we all rise to face great challenges together, this month we have some wisdom from our ecosystem about hope and about possibility in adversity. We are also calling on all laddership alums to share your journeys and insights as we enter our 5th year of circles!
Mar 25, 2020, 1 comments, 3 smiles We are all living, together, through the unfolding of unimaginable change. Chaos wakes up our need for connection and community. This pandemic has shown us in a very tangible way how profoundly connected we all are, and how interdependent we all are. These connections are visible and invisible, there are physical networks and non physical networks and it is the non-physical network – our innernet that we will rely on in these days. It is through our innernet that our thoughts and emotions move. We can communicate fear or love, despair or hope, selfishness or compassion through this network. And in this great pause, these strange days when our world has become quiet, when our busyness has stopped, when the rollercoaster of planes, trains, shopping and socializing, moving and buying is silent, we can reach out to each other with our tenderness and compassion, with our words of kindness and support ... Read Full Story
Mar 11, 2020, 3 smiles Has been a joy to be a witness to the intentions and journeys behind various applications for an upcoming Laddership Circle! An excerpt: Radical generosity feels like an act of kindness so out of the ordinary that you can hardly breathe and you lose your words when you see it or experience it. I feel like it comes from a place either deep within where we are all connected at the Soul level. [...] My husband and I, along with our 3 kiddos, started practicing what I would call more intentional generosity a few years ago around the holidays. The goal was/is to turn Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving marked with hectic consumerism) into RAK Friday, encouraging friends and family to participate in radical acts of kindness and soulful generosity all day. It has turned into our favorite day of the year. The most inspiring part of this day is when you ... Read Full Story
Dec 01, 2019, 4 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month, in a departure from our usual form, we are looking at some Laddership alums' projects, and it is a truly inspiring selection of service values in action.
Oct 27, 2019, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month, two very different stories demonstrate how generosity itself manifests in many forms and situations, the art is for it to take root in the first place, then it bears fruit wherever it can.