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.
Aug 30, 2020, 5 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
Apr 25, 2020, 10 comments, 37 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
Mar 20, 2020, 1 comments, 26 smiles Dear ServiceSpace Fellows, Just this week, we shared an invitation to dialogue that received a tremendous response from the community! How do we respond, in such turbulent times, with a heart of service? The many beautiful reflections and responses inspired us to host a more global call on March 31st: RSVP here. To further respond to the needs of the hour, we have also just soft-launched a new website: www.karunavirus.org Karuna is Sanskrit for compassion, and the website will feature stories of how people are responding to a crisis of uncertainty with an open heart and grounded wisdom. For many weeks now, so many of our volunteers in India have been particularly reflecting on the play on the words -- and the opportunity to create a pandemic of kindness. Moreover, for couple years now, we have been working on a "compassion bot" that leverages AI and machine learning to understand the ServiceSpace lens of ... Read Full Story
Mar 14, 2020, 1 comments, 8 smiles A few stories some of us stumbled across, around constructive (and beautiful!) responses to coronavirus: Kindness Proves Contagious As Coronavirus Spreads 10 Heartwarming Ways Everyday Heroes Are Helping People Affected By Coronavirus Also, a 1.5-min video of the woman distributing masks, featured in story above How To Keep The Greater Good In Mind During The Coronavirus Outbreak After coronavirus cancelled their daughter's bat mitzvah party, a family turned the food into meal deliveries for people in quarantine Coronavirus acts of kindness: Are you committing them? Have you witnessed any? (They're polling readers, via form submission, for any acts of kindness done!) Stories of Kindness From Wuhan Also, few educators have been dialoguing on how to hold space in suddenly-turned-virtual classrooms for intimate sharing, dynamic engagement, and transformation: How To Hold Virtual Learning Space In These Times? If others have thoughts, insights, stories or resources that come to mind, would be great to hear more...! :)
Jul 10, 2019, 4 comments, 35 smiles Last week, Diana and Coleman convened bunch of us at UC Berkeley for a conference that explored a unique question: What's After Mindfulness? How do the values behind mindfulness extend beyond meditation? Their vision was not only a curation of content, but a movement -- a convening space for values and transformation -- the seeds of which would ripple forward long after the two-day event. What began as two non-Buddhists signing up to organize an 11th Global Conference on Buddhism turned into a remarkable journey in innovating around the age-old values of our human spirit. In a recent newsletter, Nipun recounted: "Originally, Diana and Coleman invited us to offer a presentation; but as they learned more about our organizing principles, they became enthralled with the idea of spreading a culture of non-commercial spirit of service throughout their conference. We invited them to move from legal contracts to trust in friendship, and they ... Read Full Story
Jul 05, 2019, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Intergenerations. According to Confucius, learning is a lifelong virtue. In this week's issue, we highlight three paths leading older people back to school.
Jul 05, 2019, 1 smiles What a joy to spend the day together at Banyan Grove yesterday, in service to our community land, space, and inner and outer landscapes! Here's a few photos -- including our group one (where we'll photoshop Ari in:))! Feel free to add yours. At the start of the day, Sanved noted, "Service is contributing to society in some way," and Lena reflected, "It's when you give without expecting anything in return." Aligned with that spirit, Helen and Pragalbha quickly got to work in the kitchen, prepping a gourmet lunch for the day's crew, as Ubin and Karuna graciously joined for couple hours before their other July 4th festivities and Kozo and Fox arrived ready-for-anything! Then, Birju, Anne-Marie, Iver, and Ari arrived, adding a boost of energy to the whole crew! By the time the morning ended, almost our green bins were brimming with tall grass, Kozo befriended a praying mantis, intriguing long-forgotten items ... Read Full Story
Jun 21, 2019 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Alternatives To College. As commencement season transitions to summer, these stories dive into the purpose, history, and potential of new structures of higher education.
Jun 07, 2019, 7 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: A Mere Penny. At the end of another school year, these stories will move you to feel grateful, give and find kindness, and inspire others.
May 24, 2019, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed New Structures. A Service Innovation class, self-directed learning, and a focus on growth rather than grades. This week's issue takes a look at new learning structures.