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.
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. :)
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
Apr 04, 2017, 1 comments, 6 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Building Bridges. What kind of learning happens when the strange and distant suddenly become intimately familiar? These pieces highlight teachable moments that unfold in building bridges with the unknown -- from wild animals to distant cultures to strangers in a shopping center.
Mar 30, 2017, 1 comments, 10 smiles On Monday, Anne, Rajesh, John and I drive up to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB), where Angela had organized a film screening of Teach Me To Be Wild at their university, DRBU. After a warm welcome (including from local peacocks and Zilong! :)), we have a timeless afternoon engaging with the university students and staff -- and noticing the touches of care and regenerative spirit of offering embedded seamlessly in the milieu. At one point, while conversing in a building lobby, one woman walks in and spontaneously gifts us homemade kombucha tea on her way to class! Just before that, we had been interacting with a class where many students spoke more comfortably in Chinese, and the instructor translated Angela's introduction and the film trailer into Mandarin in real time. Witnessing this, Rajesh and Anne instantly whispered to each other, "Oh, we should make Chinese subtitles available!" Later ... Read Full Story
Mar 21, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed On The Ground. From a kindergarten that literally walks towards compassionate communities, to a school that boosts academics by upping recess time, to teaching techniques that plop students in the driver's seat of their own learning -- these pieces invite us to reflect on the relationship between academics and on-the-ground learning.
Mar 07, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed: Values-Based Classics. "I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills," Gandhi once said. With burgeoning research and innovations in values-based education, these stories bring us back to basics, reflecting diverse efforts across history to draw out students' innate potential for compassion, neighborly care, and aligning with deeper laws of existence.
Feb 21, 2017, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: When Gratitude Rules School. From a schoolwide practice of gratitude, to when kids explain the value of kindness, to research on what happens when youth give thanks -- these pieces offer a stirring stream of possibilities to manifest a youth culture of compassion, community, and meaningful connectivity.
Feb 16, 2017, 20 comments, 43 smiles At the end of January, 65 love warriors from around the globe convened at the Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram for a 5-day gathering culminating on Gandhi’s death anniversary. With little knowledge of how the days would unfold, or who all would be in attendance, or what value we’d walk away with – each of us struck our own chord with the simple idea held by the invitation: If diverse people can all hold space with a focus on inner transformation, something may shift in the matrix of our inter-connection and create a field for radically innovative solutions for today's challenges. The welcome letter elaborated: Our world today faces unprecedented challenges, rooted in multiple forms of disconnection. By losing connection to nature, we have created an ecological divide; by diluting connection with each other, we have manifested a social divide; and by ignoring connection with ourselves, we have deepened our spiritual divide. As these chasms widen ... Read Full Story
Feb 07, 2017, 4 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching To The Times. With work trends indicating that a majority of today's youth will be freelancers or in a project-based profession, the ability to handle complexity, uncertainty, and both lead diverse teams and work independently, are vital skills of the future. From a deeper look at "growth" mindset, to intriguing research on project-based learning, to a school where students choose to learn on snow days -- these articles shed light on ways to teach to our times.
Jan 24, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: When Children Heal The World. From teaching to the ever-changing tides of student interests and current affairs, to youth that unite through music, to a lesson on the laws of unconditional love -- these stories unlock the power of empathy in education.