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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...
David and Hi-Jin Hodge: Art as Practice
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: David and Hi-Jin Hodge. They've designed with the likes of Steve Jobs, authored an anthology called Impermanence, and created art installations that have been celebrated internationally at places like the Nobel Museum. But those are side things....
Tracy Cochran: Journalism and Social Change
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Tracy Cochran, the executive editor of Parabola magazine.  Her articles and book reviews have appeared in places ranging from New York Times to Oprah Magazine to Psychology Today.  She has herself the co-author of Transformations,...
James O'dea: Social Healing
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...
Marianna Cacciatore: Generosity and Grief
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...
Leah Pearlman: From FaceBook to Dharma Comics
We are so happy to have Leah Pearlman as our guest for this Sunday's Forest Call.  If you ever have the opportunity to meet Leah, one of the first things that you might notice is her glow, illuminating from within. As the creator of the adorably inspiring Dharma Comics and the co-founder...
Mony and Alberto: Walking 5000 Kilometers For Peace
In 2001, Mony  Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso made decisions that would profoundly alter the course of their lives. Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman with a successful career, was so moved by the events of September 11 that she decided to embark on a humbling journey for peace. She began on the...
Charles Eisenstein: Spirit of Gift
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.  Author of two books and a feature in many online videos, he speaks frequently about the creating gift economies and build resilient communities....
Suzanne Toro: Surrendering To Bliss
Suzanne Toro is a creative global visionary and strategist who has a commitment to humanity and the environment with an emphasis on human spirit, global transformation, and assisting in healing the planet. Her life purpose melds writing, design, travel, teaching, and assisting in healing. Her...
Kristin Pedemonti: Power of storytelling
Kristin in a Professional Storyteller, Literacy Advocate, Teacher Trainer, Teaching Artist, Volunteer Trainer, Public Speaking Coach. We know that she is also a Free Hugger, Bubble-blower (and avid reader of DG :)) and she was recently featured on Karmatube.. In her own...
Linda Commito: Love is the New Currency
A few years ago, Linda found herself discouraged everytime she watched or heard the news. Once as she sat in meditation, she received a message  “Love is the new currency”.Inspired by these words, Linda began a three year journey to discover what was hopeful and...
Susan Schaller: Deep Listening..
Over 30 years ago, Susan Schaller walked into a community college classroom and discovered a man who had never learned to speak.   Language-less and deaf, Ildefonso, then 27, had a story to share and no means by which to tell it. Susan, then just out of college, took him aside. Day in, day...
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...
Americ Azevedo: Truth Demands to be Lived..
A few years ago, Americ Azevedo sat in a college classroom with about 15 students. It was a meditation class and he was the instructor. This past fall, that same class enrolled 603 students and took place in one of the largest lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus. A philosopher,...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Always Trust Magic...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things: children's books, grown-up books, short films, salads, connections with the universe, something out of nothing, and wishes. According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips...
Patty de Llosa: Practice of Presence
Patty de Llosa is an author, a meditation teacher, and seeker of higher truths. After college, she worked as reporter for Time Magazine for six years, got married to a Peruvian and raised three children in Lima. When her husband became governor of Loreto province, she served as president of...
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...
Keidi Keating: Re-awakening Your Inner Spark
Keidi Keating is the creator of the book, The Light, designed to help people reawaken their Divine inner spark and live a more enlightened life. Twenty-two luminaries contributed chapters to the book, including bestselling authors such as Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marci Shimoff, and...
Nancy Mellon: Stories that Heal: Awakin Call with Nancy Mellon
Nancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. An author, psychotherapist and mentor, for thirty years, she has awakened the goodness, truth and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy works with adults of varied backgrounds who seek new perspectives 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...
Jon Madian: Reflections on a Life of Service in Public Education
When a bio was requested, educator & author Jon Madian, our guest this week, introduced himself in this poetic manner.....   What to say about a long life just begun  so suddenly nearly over--   At 72, still climbing hills and drilling wells to make myself and the world...
Ken Fuchsman: Embracing our Contradictions
Ken Fuchsman, Ed.D. is a Viet Nam veteran who, after his experience in the war as well as memories prompted by the fighting of the second Iraqi war, faced some very dark parts of himself. In plumbing the depths of these experiences he was impelled to research the nature of the human condition....
Conrad P. Pritscher: Lessons From A Student of Life
Long time member of ServiceSpace community, Conrad Pritscher recently sent out a note to his friends: "I was recently in the hospital for a week, first being diagnosed with pneumonia, then being diagnosed with lung cancer. After more tests, we discovered that my lung cancer is not operable....
Carolyn North/ Daily Bread: Social Change Without Money
Daily Bread is a grassroots operation that picks up surplus food from food businesses and brings the food directly to local free-food kitchens, pantries and shelters.  The project, now in its 22nd year, runs several hundred pounds of perishable food each week to two dozen feeding...
Jacob Needleman: Money and the Meaning of Life
Jacob Needleman’s voice has been prominent in the conversation about man’s inner possibilities for some forty years.  Turning away from a career in medicine while at Harvard, he became a philosopher.  He has been on a lifelong quest to integrate the great spiritual and...
David Brown Jr.: On Forgiveness and Embracing Adversity to Discover Purpose
David Brown Jr. is an author, leadership coach and management consultant who draws upon the personal transformation he experienced as a result of personal crisis and tragedy as a platform for helping individuals and organizations learn how to navigate adversity, discover inner peace and...
Barbara Crooker: Chronicling Life's Loves, Losses, and Disabilities Through Poetry
Barbara Crooker has been writing poetry since the late 1970’s.  Her work, for which she has won many awards, incorporates themes of nature, home, family, love, loss, and disability. Over 700 of her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, as well as compiled in several...
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...
Nilima Bhat: Men, Women and Shakti Leadership: Exercising Power Regeneratively
A facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima Bhat facilitates leaders in achieving self-mastery in the areas of business and leadership. Her book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (co-written by Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious...
Elle Luna: Designing a Life Beyond the Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna is an iconic designer, artist, painter, and writer.   If you’ve used ever the Uber app … If you’ve ever swiped an email on your iPhone… If you’ve ever deferred an email for some date in the future… If you’ve ever self-published on...
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...
Marjorie Maddox: Engaging With the World Through Poem & Story
"As one re-reads Marjorie's poems, which have airy beginnings usually in breath, voice, intimation, they grow increasingly concrete until situations, relationships, and feelings are palpable and deeply moving." -A.R. Ammons on Maddox's poetry collection As Perpendicular as I....
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...
Rajni Bakshi: A Teller of Stories of Modern-Day Gandhians
Rajni Bakshi is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist and author who writes about social and political movements in contemporary India.  She stands in the “fertile ground” between journalism and activism – chronicling struggles for more humane and ecologically sound ways...
Frank Ostaseski: What the Living Can Learn From the Dying
“Dying is much more than a medical event. It is a time for important psychological, emotional and spiritual work – a time for transition. To a large extent, the way we meet death is shaped by our habitual response to suffering, and our relationship to ourselves, to those we love, and...
Clair Brown: How Would Buddha Teach Economics?
Clair Brown, a professor emeritus in the Economics Department at UC Berkeley, taught the basic Economics 1 class at Berkeley for over 30 years. She often found that the students in her sprawling introductory classes had a hard time reconciling the dominant neoclassical model that she taught with...
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...
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...
Lara Galinsky: Tuning In to Moments of Obligation as Life Purpose
Lara Galinsky once asked a question, “What would the world look like if we all owned a problem?”  One has only to look at her life to view the powerful change the answer to this question could represent.  From her beginnings as national program director at Do...
Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness -- Rewiring Our Brain to be More Compassionate and Happy
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author.  His best-selling books, available in 26 languages, include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence;...
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...
Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness and Kindfulness
Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness experts, is an accomplished mindfulness teacher, coach, speaker and author.  He is author of the international bestseller Mindfulness For Dummies, and more recently, of The Mindful Way through...