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Michael Nagler: Story of Principled Nonviolence
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Michael Nagler, a world renowned Gandhian scholar.   He was founder of first Peace and Conflict Studies program, at UC Berkeley, and is now Professor emeritus there.  Author of more than 16 books, and recipient of many awards...
Dr. Neil Patel: Wisdom of Farmers
Every week, we have a "Forest Call" to share insights and inspiration from various corners of the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  Typically, the call opens with a circle of sharing, then features a guest speaker and is followed by dynamic Q&A around the emergent themes....
Jayesh Patel: Living Service, at the Gandhi Ashram
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
Adelaja Simon: Living in Service to the Whole
Adelaja Simon stopped cooperating with business school to become a permaculturist. He lives in the Canticle Farm community in East Oakland, where he knows, grows, and loves local food and is an extraordinary singer and vegan cook. Adelaja focuses his activism in human...
Peace artist: The art of peace!
Our guest this week is the peaceartist, who goal is to run 10,000 miles for love, art and peace!! He has been running all over the US for peace and giving away paintings that he creates for the people he meets. He relies solely on Providence and the kindness of people along the...
Danny Martin: Art of Dialogue
Danny Martin is a thought leader and an  environmentalist, bringing for a unique combination of spirituality and consciousness of our natural world. "People are not changed by information, they have to be grabbed. Some kind of human transformation has to happen to create...
Ali, Atman, Andres: Holistic Life Foundation
Brothers Ali and Atman Smith met Andres Gonzalez at the University of Maryland College Park. During their last semester there, the trio spent a lot of time reading books on spirituality, philosophy, modern history, religions, ancient history, politics, and astronomy. They all saw some things...
Elizabeth Murray: Cultivating Sacred Spaces
Elizabeth Murray quit her dream job to volunteer in Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Her family thought she was mad to leave her comfortable horticulture job in California on a verbal promise for free room and board. But Elizabeth says her urge to work there was unbreakable. And she has...
Scaughdt Iam: Inspiring the Altruistic Moment
In the summer of 2003, Scaughdt (pronounced “Scot”) had reached a dead end. After many years of reading and philosophizing about truth and “the meaning of life,” his life still felt meaningless.   In his own words, he says, “Full of despair over my failure to...
Marc Ian Barasch: The Compassionate Life
Marc Ian Barasch is an award winning author, magazine editor, TV producer, and media activist.      Desmond Tutu call his book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life "a compulsory read for everyone", while Dr. Larry Dossey said of The Healing Path, “If you read one...
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee: Elemental Water
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee discovered the power of "oneness" in jazz music. "An accomplished bass player who was performing and teaching jazz by his mid-20s, he recalls with reverence those rare moments when an ensemble melds into something special that transcends the skills of the...
Shwetha Sridharan: Receiving requires showing up
Shwetha Sridharan started her life in this world as a migrant.  When she was a few months old, she moved to Zambia, Africa with her family as part of the migration of Indians into African countries. The first 7 years of her life, which she later came to know, were filled with community,...
Quaglia: Innovative Community and Spirituality in Action
Damanhur is a vibrant and evolving spiritual eco-community based in northern Italy that values optimism, solidarity and peace. With about 1,000 citizens and members worldwide, Damanhur has been active since 1975 and has its own complementary currency system, constitution and schools. Damanhur was...
Wu De: Awakening of Harmony
Walk into a café today, and you’re likely to find yourself hit with an assortment of to-go beverages: coffee, chai, espressos, Americanos, hot chocolate, green tea lattes, Frappuccinos, Dunkaccinos, and on and on. With so many rich options, hot tea is almost listed as an...
Betty Peck and Anna Rainville: Bringing the Gift of Yourself
Betty Peck at 92 is full of a radiant loveliness that brings to mind fairy godmothers and enchanted gardens. A beloved kindergartner teacher since the 1950’s, Betty’s vitality and generous spirit is as bright as ever. Her daughter Anna Rainville, an educator, mentor and author brings...
Jayeshbhai Patel: Love in Action
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
Claudia Horwitz: Spiritual Activism
Claudia Horwitz was one of the first people to speak about the concept of “spiritual activism” and is the author of “The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World.” (Penguin 2002).  Having stepped down from the Executive Director...
Vinciane Rycroft: A Mind with Heart
Vinciane Rycroft is trained in international environmental law and education for sustainable development, and has worked for non-governmental organizations in this field for twelve years. She is also passionate about the human mind. A particular interest is whether developing our understanding...
Suresh Parmar: Building Village Intelligence
Suresh Parmar is a mega-Renaissance man of the Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. A village child at heart, he received his Masters of Social Work from Gujarat Vidyapith and has devoted the last decade of his life to service and sanitation work in both rural and urban...
Mark Dubois : What I Learned From the Rivers
"Despite my strength, I remember the oar being ripped out of my hand like I was a baby. I was not yet paying real attention to the river. I broke seven oars my first year because I wasn’t in rhythm with it. I was fighting against it. The next year I learned to dance with the river. I...
Haleh Zandi: Social Justice - Cultivate Food, Nurture People
Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Planting Justice is on the forefront of a movement to create living-wage jobs for reentry people with barriers to employment, while transforming their local food system into one that fosters positive relationships...
Sarah Van Gelder: Unity in Diversity
As co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yes! Magazine, Sarah has been at the forefront of positive and solutions-driven activism. With articles like '10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013' and 'Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy', Sarah speaks on leading-edge innovations...
Steve Karlin: When Animals Are Our Teachers
Steven Karlin has spent the last 40 years exploring the amazing and mysterious relationships between humans, nature and animals. As the founder of Wildlife Associates and the Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary, Steve has been living with wild animals for more than thirty four years and has...
Garth Gilchrist: Everyday Harmony
Garth Gilchrist grew up roaming the woods and mountains of western Washington and California’s Sierra. Ever more amazed by the beauty of wildness, Garth has worked to spark and grow reverence for nature and a sense of connection with what he calls “The Great Life” in people of...
Michael Lerner: Wounded Healers
Forty years ago, Michael Lerner, a Harvard- and Yale-trained political scientist, left a promising academic career to start Commonweal that would serve at-risk children, help adults with environmentally related health problems and promote public education about environmental health. Today,...
Elisabet Sahtouris: Ecosophy: Nature's Guide to a Better World
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an internationally known evolution biologist, futurist, professor, author and consultant on Living Systems Design. She shows the relevance of biological systems to organizational design in business, government and globalisation. She is a Fellow of the World Business...
Thomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings: Speaking Up for Voiceless Creatures
Thomas Ponce is a 14-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida.  Thomas is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley’s Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. Thomas became...
Polly Letofsky: Walking the World at 3 Miles Per Hour
On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her home in Vail, Colorado, and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and...
David Bollier: Wealth of the Commons
David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who explores "the commons" as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  "The commons is not an ideology so much as a lens and language for understanding the things that we share -- something that, in our...
Ron Nakasone: A Calligrapher's Pilgrimage
"Spend five minutes talking with Ron Nakasone and you will sense two things: a wisdom that makes you curious and a casualness that makes you comfortable," Peter Doebler writes. An accomplished scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture at the Graduate Theological Union (an...
Ann Sieben: From Nuclear Engineer to Adventure Pilgrim to Spiritual Pilgrim to Servant Pilgrim
Ann Sieben, the "Winter Pilgrim," has been a life-dedicated mendicant pilgrim since 2007.  A mendicant pilgrim is one who travels on foot along ancient paths to significant destinations. She carries nothing of material value; no money, cell phone, camera, GPS unit, nothing anyone...
Anne Veh: The Art of Making the Mundane Magical
The first thing you'll notice are her shining eyes. Anne Veh is an incredible force of love. An artist, curator, mother, wife, seeker, convener of school kindness circles, interviewer extraordinaire, eternal kindergartner (a la eternal kindergarten teacher, Betty Peck),...
Sandy Wiggins: Transforming Personal Awakening Into Social Innovation
Sandy Wiggins works at the intersection of three movements – green building, new economies, and thriving resilient communities. He is co-founder and principal of Consilience, LLC, a national consultancy with a mission to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable buildings...
Jane Baldwin: Stories from Women and Displaced Natural Communities
Jane Baldwin is an American photographer and educator who gives voice to people on the verge of displacement from their ancestral land and loss of cultural identity.  Since 2005, she has made annual trips to photograph and record stories from the women of indigenous communities in...
21-Day Challenge: Ripples in Reverence
Beauty lies in details. To notice it, you have to be paying attention. In a world that's enamored by speed and information, it's easy to drown out the eternal rhythms upon which our daily lives turn. This Spring, everyday individuals across the globe are embarking on a 21-Day...
Jeffrey Smith: Taking On the Food Industry
Jeffrey Smith is a leading American consumer advocate who has opposed the use of genetically modified foods since they were introduced in the 1990s. Smith authored the books Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re...
Andrea Casalinho: Permaculture Ethics and Design: Shaping and Living the Life We Want
Andrea Casalinho, along with her husband Jeroen and their children, run Casalinho e Escabelado, an emergent permaculture project in the mountains of central Portugal.  They invite volunteers from around the world to experience a different lifestyle and become...
David Sands: Bamboo Living: Bettering Our Inner and Outer Worlds
David Sands has made sustainable living his life’s work as an architect. When he was attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia as an undergraduate, a professor of Chinese art introduced him to the idea of bamboo as a metaphor for the perfected human being:  strong yet...
William Rosenzweig : Business Lessons from a Quiet Gardener
William Rosenzweig learned he had been awarded the Nobel-level prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award via a Google news alert -- and immediately assumed it was spam.  "I printed it out and went around the office and asked people, 'Does this look for real, or is this like a...
Keith McHenry: Abundance and Cooperation Toward Peace and Justice
In 1980, Keith McHenry was a college student trying to raise money for a friend who had been arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. To help pay for the lawyers, Keith was planning a bake sale; in a fateful moment, he saw a poster that read: It will be a great day when the schools get all the...
David Milarch: Obtaining New Life By Giving New Life to Trees
David Milarch hovered above the bed, looking down upon his own lifeless body lying there. A loving husband and father, a life derailed by alcoholism, a life saved by a seemingly divine plan to clone trees. From a life-threatening trip to the emergency room -- to building a “Noah’s...
Makala Kozo Hattori: Healing Gift of Cancer -- And Life
Makala Kozo Hattori is a healer, counselor, host and writer who was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in July 2015. Rather than pursue traditional Western medicine’s allopathic treatments, he chose a path of natural medicine, diet, spiritual practices, and relational healing....
Joshua Gorman: Generation Waking Up
Joshua Gorman is a writer, speaker, changemaker, community builder, and a voice championing the paradigm-shifting role of the Millennial Generation.  He is the founder of Generation Waking Up, an organization that ignites young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world....
Liz Mitten Ryan: The Wisdom of the Herd
In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, traded in the secure terrain of her known life to move with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise...
Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees
“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...
Cheryl Angel: Standing Peacefully Firm at Standing Rock
Cheryl Angel is an indigenous leader, wise (Sioux) Lakota elder woman, mother of five children, and lifelong devoted water protector who helped initiate and maintain the Standing Rock camp since April 2016, and who was vital in the nonviolent resistance to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL...
Meredith May: Why Mercy Matters
Meredith May is a storyteller, award-winning journalist, author, and third-generation beekeeper. For much of her career, Meredith was (until 2015) a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her 2004 newspaper series “Operation Lion Heart,” about a war-wounded...
Sharyle Patton: Understanding and Reducing our Communities' Chemical Burden
Sharyle Patton is an environmental advocate who has spent much of her life working to remove toxic chemicals from the landscape and to empower communities to monitor their toxic burdens.  She led a network of 350 nongovernmental organizations from around the world in Stockholm in...
Peter Kalmus: Being the Change: How I Dramatically Cut Fossil Fuels and Increased My Joy
Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s systems, Dr. Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes.  He stopped flying...
Silas Hagerty: Film-making and Gifting for Transformation
Silas Hagerty is a filmmaker and founder of Smooth Feather Productions, a Maine-based film production company that creates films of significance and gives them away.  Silas and Smooth Feather Productions are perhaps best known for their creation of Dakota 38, a feature-length film that...
Two Trees (Kaylynn Sullivan): The Practice of Living
“By birth, education and experience, my identity is shaped by a life spent at the crossroads - the place where cultures, ideas and beliefs collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the...
Jonathan Rose: Well-Tempered Cities That Harmonize Humans
Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. Our Awakin Call guest Jonathan Rose has a vision to transform these cities into well-balanced, nurturing, sustainable...
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer: Healing through Indigenous Wisdom
Manulani Aluli Meyer (Manu) is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku o Keawe. The Aluli ohana (family) is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have...