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Seema Patel: Stories From the Ekta Tour
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. Our...
Randall Amster: Gandhi and Anarchism
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Randall Amster. He is an author, activist, and educator in areas including peace, ecology, homelessness, and anarchism! Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966, Amster has worked as an attorney, judicial clerk, professor, and academic administrator during his...
Mark Jacobs: Creative Service exploits
Mark Jacobs is many things.  As a lawyer, he went on to start his own firm and practically never lost a case in his entire career.  But billing every six minutes didn't satisfy his communitarian side, so he would host inspired musicians in his home, volunteer with many causes,...
Nina Horne: The Role of Love in Social Justice
As a long-term City Commissioner for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Nina Horne is tuned worked across various sectors that affect public policy.  She's trained in legal, economic and political analysis -- but she's also constantly training herself in compassion. Her...
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...
Kazu Haga: Movement of Peace Warriors
Kazu Haga is a nonviolence trainer and founder of the East Point Peace Academy in Oakland, California. East Point Peace Academy envisions a world where historic conflicts are fully reconciled and where new conflict arises solely as an opportunity for deeper growth. Where the depth of human...
Sujatha Baliga: Forgiveness of Unforgivable Acts
sujatha baliga's legal career is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she was fairly certain that she wanted to become a lawyer and lock up child molesters. Along the way, life circumstances brought her to...
Bob Stains: Rehumanizing Difference Through Dialogue
This Saturday, we will hear from Bob Stains of the Public Conversations Project (PCP) in Watertown, MA. For the past 20 years, Bob has been a leader in PCP's work of creating constructive conversations among opponents in divisive conflicts arising from differences in identities, values 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...
Kay Pranis: Coming Full Circle: Safe Spaces, Learning to "Not Know", and Collective Wisdom
Kay Pranis teaches and writes about the dialog process known as "peacemaking circles."  Kay learned about peacemaking circles in her work in restorative justice in the mid-1990s.  Her initial teachers in the circle work were Barry Stuart, a judge in Yukon, Canada; and Mark...
Emily Baxter: We Are All Criminals
Emily Baxter is the Creator and Director of We Are All Criminals, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to inspire empathy and ignite social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, justice, and injustice, disrupting the barriers that separate us. Through their stories,...
Carol Ruth Silver: Embracing the Responsibility to Make Things Right
Like the story of the blind men describing an elephant -- a tree, a rope, a snake! -- the name Carol Ruth Silver evokes different responses when being introduced:  "Oh, weren't you elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Harvey Milk, and allegedly targeted along with...
Sonya Shah: Witnessing Suffering and Transcendence in the Most Extreme Places
Sonya Shah has decades of experience as a facilitator of restorative justice practices in her family and community, as well as in schools and prison settings. She has been teaching social justice education for 20 years and grounds all of her work in critical pedagogy and a systemic analysis. She...
Robert Yazzie: Navajo Notion of Justice
Robert Yazzie is a citizen of and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation. He served as Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 through 2003.  During that time, he promoted the development of Navajo common law and helped articulate the Navajo "bill of rights."  In an...
Rhonda Magee: Addressing Social and Racial Injustice with Compassion
Rhonda Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at the Jesuit University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she is dedicated to...
Charles Halpern: Cultivating Wisdom for Justice and Social Transformation
Charlie Halpern is a public interest pioneer and an innovator in legal education. Author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, he has made multiple big waves in the public sector – as the "father" of the public interest law movement, as a...
Ken Cloke: From Conflict to Transcendence and Transformation
"Once we recognize that every conflict has emotional, energetic, and spiritual overtones, we can go deeper, and explore the subtle, invisible, vibratory lines along which it, and much of reality, runs. By paying attention to the music of ordinary communication we can discover a hidden...