About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... it helps me stay true to my heart.

A good day to me is when ... I have helped someone smile.

My hero in life is ...Mom, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and you!

My favorite book is ...Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I remember how small I am in relation to the universe.

Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Lenses Of Empathy

Jul 11, 2017, 1 comments, 6 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Lenses Of Empathy. Empathy is a muscle that can be tuned into and strengthened, and often just requires a small nudge of nurturing to bloom. These stories highlight the rippling role of empathy in youth -- from how a toddler decides not to sit alone, to research on the rise of a compassionate workforce, to a heartwarming video of how kids define differences.

Parag Shah: A Different Kind Of R.O.E.

Jun 28, 2017, 13 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Parag Shah: A Different Kind Of R.O.E.Reflection questions: Our guest this week has explored the edges of entrepreneurial success, philanthropy and service, and tried to unravel the ego that can often drive certain public-spirited actions.  In shifting focus to inner transformation, he now measures success in terms of returns on equanimity, rather than returns on equity or returns on ego.  What personal edges are you exploring in your own community- or public-spirited work?

Teaching + T: When Wisdom Is "Caught"

Jun 27, 2017, 5 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed When Wisdom Is "Caught". They say wisdom can't be taught, it must be caught.  These stories share splashes of insight along those lines -- from our summer interns' explorations in generosity, to Harvard research on how teacher and parent attitudes influence student behavior, to compelling teaching advice to "know yourself" in the classroom.   

Teaching + T: Tim Cook, Hong Kong & Gallup

Jun 13, 2017, 1 comments, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed New Foundations . From college commencement to a science classroom solving global problems to Gallup's advice for getting the most value from college, these pieces highlight a deeper foundation for learning -- one rooted in timeless values and the shining spirit of humanity.

Teaching + T: Leave Your Laptops At The Door

May 30, 2017, 1 comments, 4 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Leave Your Laptops At The Door. Students these days are likely to text, type, or tweet far more than craft a hand-written letter, and that's just one small way the evolution of technology seeps into the landscape of learning. From a shift towards non-linear education to a case for laptop-free classrooms, to a vibrant student-made film -- the pieces below explore possibilities and setbacks of technology as a tool for learning.  

Teaching + T: Beyond Graduation

May 16, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Beyond Graduation. These pieces shine light on the timeless elements of life beyond graduation, experiments in multidisciplinary learning, and the potential for goodwill that gets unlocked when we have a space to tune into an inner landscape.   

Deeper Knowing Of Not Knowing

May 15, 2017, 13 smiles Halfway through our Spring Laddershp Circles, it's been a privilege to learn from all the insights and experiences that surface week-in and week-out! In our particular circle this week, we dove into topics around questions like: "How do you design for emergence?" "How to lead with a conviction in not knowing?" "Is there a difference in holding space with strangers vs. those closest to us?" "Do actions speak louder than words?" "How does our frame of mind inform how we handle challenges?" "How to design group conversations to hold space for richer and deeper shares?" Among the many thoughtful stories and reflections, here's a touching share from one of our fellows, on the deeper knowing of not knowing:   I can’t tell you the relief of being able to be in the space of "I don’t know.” Because the stress that’s created from the consistent demand of yourself to know the answers -- I ... Read Full Story

Teaching + T: Tis The Season Of Testing

May 02, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Tis The Season Of Testing. As standardized testing season kicks into gear in schools across the globe, these pieces below offer insights on tools, tidbits, and teacher advice to stay grounded through rising student anxiety and the never-a-dull-moment ebb and flow of teaching and learning.

Teaching + T: It Takes A Village

Apr 18, 2017, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: It Takes A Village. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. These stories shed light on the unsung teachers embedded in our environments and communities -- from school janitors to thriving farm ecosystem to goats in a senior center. :)

Faces Of Our Spring 2017 Laddership Circle!

Apr 15, 2017, 4 comments, 26 smiles Next week, 31 of us from various corners of the globe -- from Dubai to London to Spain to US to India to Costa Rica -- are readying for our Spring 2017 Laddership Circle! Two years since our pilot circle, many tech upgrades, thousands of reflection pages, and umpteen lines of code later, our latest iteration is scaling for depth as we pilot a new structure of four(!) concurrent small circles of 5-6 fellows. :) Below are the faces from each circle. :) One Circle's Fellows include... Cleona Lira's personal mission, in her own words, "is to ensure that I bring heart, honesty and wholeheartedness into my work." A financial analyst by profession, she experiments with gift-economy workshops, is dreaming up a book on conscious relationships to money, and hosts circles on transforming money. Based in London, she is hosts nonviolent communication practice-groups, enjoys cooking for others, and is an avid meditator. Immanuel Joseph dreams ... Read Full Story