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.

Shay's Transcript: What I Learned From Whales :)

Sep 03, 2021, 1 comments, 6 smiles Hard to believe it's almost been two weeks since Shay graced our weekly Laddership Pod call with her beautiful stories and experiences. As many of us continue to reflect on her learnings from whales (and dolphins!) and her powerful healing work with children, some amazing podmates have posted up this video and transcript of the conversation: Shay Beider: What I Learned From Whales Here's one of many beautiful quotes from it: [The whales] loved with a kind of fullness -- like a true love. Like a force of love. At the same time, they had a total sense of freedom. So it wasn't the strings attached kind of love that, as human beings, I think we often are very good at. It wasn’t like "I love, but I love you with attachment with a string... with a little something in return.” They didn't have that at all. I was like, "Oh, my God! ... Read Full Story

Wakanyi Hoffman: An Ubuntu Keeper Of Indigenous Wisdom

Jun 02, 2021, 1 comments, 5 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Wakanyi Hoffman: An Ubuntu Keeper Of Indigenous WisdomReflection questions: What stories and wisdom of your ancestors do you draw upon? How do you integrate other expressions of humanity that you encounter with those cultural roots?

On Wellbeing In Education With Navin Amarasuriya

Apr 04, 2021, 2 comments, 2 smiles It's been a week since the Compassion in Education Pod officially came to a close, but we are still riding the waves from the shared learning journey. In our closing call, we had the joy of hearing insights from guest speaker Navin Amarasuriya's journey in nurturing values of contentment in education, and some invisible elves have transcribed it, below! [view in browser] Navin: Good evening from Singapore, everyone. I feel like I’ve come into someone’s house, and there’s this beautiful family having dinner together; and I’ve actually come bearing a gift. The gift that I have is that as each of you were speaking, I tried to feel into what resonated with me. So I’ll go backwards with some stories I wrote down that each of you already expressed, and it’s all linked to the theme of tonight as well. Starting from the last share, Kristen was talking about compassion to oneself. One ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Ruth Pittard's Call

Jan 15, 2021, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Ruth Pittard. Ruth Pittard has practiced learning and transforming in love for most of her 74 years. A forward-thinking educator, she spent over 30 years supporting service-learning initiatives in her community and professional home, Davidson College, near Charlotte, NC. In leadership positions at the College, including as Assistant Dean for Community Service, Ruth chose to use love as her organizing principle for programs based in care and compassion. After 30 years of service to the college, Ruth's life took on the air of a pilgrimage as she wandered with a heart open to service opportunities as they arose. She bartered for housing, food and necessities for about five years. Often referred to as "The Love Lady", she practiced trust and cemented her belief in love as an operating system in her life. She is a raconteur of stories of ordinary ... Read Full Story

Ruth Pittard: Love As An Operating System

Jan 06, 2021, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ruth Pittard: Love As An Operating SystemReflection questions: How do you stay curious and open to miracles in life?

Nuggets From Fabiana Fondevila's Call

Nov 26, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Fabiana Fondevila. Fabiana Fondevila is an Argentinian writer, speaker, teacher, and all-around wonder activist. She began her career as a journalist and war correspondent, working for the main outlets in her native country. Returning to spiritual questions, she then spent years interviewing some of the world's top thinkers, mystics, scientists and philosophers in search of a map. And then, life transpired: her older sister took her own life after a lifetime of mental illness, and Fabiana’s parents died shortly before and after, undone by the pain. This led Fabiana deeper into the path. But this time, no books or schools or lineages seemed potent enough to shine a light in the darkness. By chance, she stumbled upon weeds in her garden that steered her to a treasure trove of ancient plant wisdom. Weeds led to trees, trees to birds, birds ... Read Full Story

Fabiana Fondevila: Embodied Spirituality & Flavors Of

Nov 18, 2020, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Fabiana Fondevila: Embodied Spirituality & Flavors Of WonderReflection questions: What are some everyday practices or rituals that generate feelings of awe and wonder within you? What are the effects of such feelings in your day?

Money And Intangibles Based In Love

Nov 10, 2020, 4 comments, 15 smiles [Below is a stunning story from Ruth, on her experience receiving a priceless gift, that surfaced in the Priceless Pricing Pod that began this week.] 
Paradoxically, my most priceless gift involves a gift of money. 

The year my husband and I divorced, our daughter entered college and our son exited into the world. Despite the fact that my position at the college where I had worked almost twenty years contributed toward children’s college tuition as a benefit (one of the reasons I had stayed easily in high satisfaction work that paid a low salary), my daughter's first comprehensive college bill was a larger amount than my entire yearly salary! In the emotional turmoil of our divorce, my husband had opted not to pay any college expenses because both children were over 18, so legally he did not have to provide college funds. No amount of my normal creativity, organization and determination partnered ... Read Full Story

6 Lessons From Our Summer Interns

Aug 30, 2020, 4 comments, 18 smiles Couple weeks back, fifteen of us completed a memorable summer internship. Across seven seemingly unstoppable weeks, 7 interns and 8 mentors came together to deepen in service. What transpired moved all of us, and we continue to be disarmed by the ripples that flow on. When summer internship applications came in this Spring, Vishesh noted: "It's hard to say who's going to be the intern and who’s going to be the mentor this summer." Indeed, the service-hearted intentions and experiences these young hearts articulated was so telling. As we dove into the summer, they showed up in full form every week. Rolling up their sleeves in concrete action, they served on existing ServiceSpace projects, as well as initiated their own service projects -- some of which are slated to continue throughout the year! Expanding their thinking, they'd read a new book every week related to values of service and kindness, and took ... Read Full Story

Glimpse Of Laddership Circles This Spring

Apr 25, 2020, 10 comments, 39 smiles 2020 will certainly be a year to remember. In our ecosystem of aspiring generosity entrepreneurs, it also marks our fifth year of Laddership Circles. Couple weeks back, 30 project initiators and 14 volunteers across 11 countries have circled up for 3 more rounds of these virtual circles. Each of us signed up to give 7-10 hours weekly to the six-week learning journey through the hands, head, and heart. With hands, we engage daily practices in our lives; with head, we share reflections on uncommon articles and case studies; with heart, we explore the intersection of inner change and outer service. Through it all, we learn from and inspire each other, tuning into patterns of positive deviance that our collective consciousness is surfacing. From that space, it's been remarkable to witness everyone's budding intentions converge around questions of: How do we design for inner transformation? Can we innovate in a gift economy? What would ... Read Full Story