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John Chambers: Art and Activism

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....

Sandy and Ranganath: Spirit of Service

Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Sandy and Ranganath from Boston!  From traveling across India on third-class train tickets, and opening up their homes to generations of strangers-turned-family and serving up countless gourmet meals to helping preserve...

Nimesh Patel: Rap Star to Service Rockstar

Nimesh "Nimo" Patel, rapper from Karmacy, music director, and animation studio owner in another life, has been living and volunteering in India with Manav Sadhna for the past two years. He went there with no agenda, just looking to serve, and ended up becoming the mentor,...

Michael Stillwater: Inner harmony

Michael Stillwater is a multi-talented artist and educator using music for healing and reconnection. A recording artist of over a dozen albums, his songs reflect universal spiritual principles through the eyes of his human journey, and his chants are known worldwide for opening heart and...

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...

David France: Music for Social Change

While playing in the Chicago subway one day, David France heard someone singing along in a distance.  Slowly, the voice drew closer and closer until a blind man stood in front of him.  They finished the song in unison, as the crowd erupted with glee by this serendipitous performance....

Gwhyneth Chen: Can Music Trigger Inner Transformation?

Gwhyneth Chen, a world renowned pianist from Taiwan, has played over a thousand concerts, won the most prestigious award given to pianists, and represented Taiwan at the Olympics. One day, she slipped onto the piano bench beside her teacher.  Moved by the spirit of the music, her little...

Aaron Ableman: Nutritious Pop Culture: Igniting a Global Youth Movement!

A celebrated entertainer, author, and entrepreneur, Aaron Ableman grew up under the guidance of a farmer and a public-health nurse for parents, studying with indigenous elders, Hollywood elite and working class professionals alike. Born in Michael Douglas’ basement, Aaron was raised under...

Scott Elias: Designing Companies That Are Loved

When Scott Elias lost 80% of his hearing in kindergarten, his emotional and intuitive connection to the world went into overdrive like a sixth sense. When his hearing was surgically restored two years later, the medical miracle ignited his passion for music and science which he channeled into his...

Miti Desai: Dancing, Design & the Journey from Form to the Formless

“From the formless comes the form, and the form takes you back to the formless.” - Ancient Indian Scripture At the end of her first day at her first job at a prestigious design firm in Mumbai, 20-year-old Miti Desai came home and wept for five hours straight – without having...

Luc Reynaud: Music as a Force of Love

When you consider its synchronicities and various plot twists, Luc Reynaud’s life seems stage directed by the universe.  Perhaps it all started when at 6 years old he announced to his teacher Rayma Hayes that he was going to paint the moon.  “And what about the Earth,...

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...

Owen O Suilleabhain: The Role of Art, Hope and Wholeness in Troubled Times

Eoin "Owen" Ó Súilleabháin is a singer, composer and storyteller with a deep-rooted belief in the creative power of art. Music, one might say, runs in his blood. Owen's mother Noírín Ni Riain is a leading sacred singer and theologian, and...

Chad Harper: Hip Hop Saves Lives

"Whatever your passion is, dive right into it and give it away; it's just that simple. Whatever you really, really love to do, do that and share it with the world and teach youth how to use it for them to share with the world."  Chad Harper is founder of Hip Hop Saves...

Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry and Music

Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, and singer of Kabir folk songs. In 2003, stung by the religious riots of Gujarat, India in 2002, she set out in quest of the 15th century mystic poet/saint Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion,...

Archbishop F.W. King: A Love Supreme: Music and The Church of John Coltrane

Franzo King and his wife, Marina King, heard John Coltrane perform at the San Francisco Jazz Workshop one night in the mid-1960s. King had already been a fan of Coltrane.  But that night, which he and Marina describe as a “sound baptism,” King became a disciple of Coltrane....

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