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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...

Sarah Peyton: The Riddle of Self-Esteem: Why Self-Compassion Can Be Hard

Sarah Peyton is a certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication who has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. She aims to integrate teachings from brain science and the use of resonant...

David George Haskell: Songs of Trees: Interconnections Between People and Trees

"He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist." --A profile of David Haskell by James Gorman in The New York Times  David...

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...

Fritjof Capra: From Tao of Physics to Systems View of Life

“Scientists … are responsible for their research not only intellectually but also morally….[T]he results of quantum mechanics and relativity theory have opened up two very different paths for physicists to pursue. They may lead us—to put it in extreme terms—to the...

Sandra Waddock: Intellectual Shaman: Healing to Create a Sustainable World

An intellectual shaman is an academic or other professional who takes on the three roles of the traditional indigenous shaman: healer, connector, and sense-maker -- or someone who makes sense of the world in the interest of the greater good. The intellectual shaman takes on this role to mediate...

Roger Walsh: From Altered States to Altered Traits

"Contemplative practices aim not merely to induce altered states but to induce altered traits -- or as Huston Smith so eloquently put it, 'to transform flashes of illumination into abiding light.'" - Roger Walsh Dr. Roger Walsh is not your everyday MD. A former circus...

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a Stanford University-based psychologist and scholar who combines disciplines of Western science with Eastern healing modalities.  With a doctorate from Harvard University, Stephen has trained in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation, and Chinese...

Rick Brooks: Building Community Through Free Little Libraries

Rick Brooks is a dedicated community builder who has initiated numerous community-based projects and experiments, including co-founding the Little Free Library project, a movement that has spawned 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all U.S. states and over 80 countries around...

Mandy Catron: A Better Way To Talk About Love

“It seems like we want it both ways: we want love to feel like madness, and we want it to last an entire lifetime. That sounds terrible.” -- Mandy Len Catron Driven largely by her attempts to make sense of the divorce between her parents as well as the end of her first romantic...

Timber Hawkeye: Beyond the American Dream to the Zen of Daily Life

Timber Hawkeye is the author of the bestselling books Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless, a memoir. From an early age, Timber recognized the contradictions inherent in our world and society, noticing that society’s endorsement of wealth, possessions, and career are...

Terry Patten: A New Republic of Heart

Terry Patten is a philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. Over the last fifteen years he has devoted his efforts to the evolution of consciousness by facing, examining, and aiming to heal our global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism. He...

Jeff Warren: Becoming One's Own Consciousness Explorer and Teacher

“We are here to learn from each other, to share our various neurotic life strategies in a safe space, so we can then laugh uproariously at them together, in a spirit of dumbfounded incredulity.” – Jeff Warren   Jeff Warren came to meditation by chance, while working as a...

Daya Devi-Doolin: All I Need to Know is Inside

Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin is known as a “Doctor of Thought." She is the co-founder, with her husband Chris, of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary International, a center established in in Deltona, Florida in 1989 that offers alternative modalities of healing and Gentle Hatha Yoga, including free...

Maya Soetoro-Ng: Peacebuilding is Teachable: Pragmatic Peace Studies for Social Change

At the end of every class, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng would ask her students to consider one thing: to ask "so what?" after each lesson, in order to think about what they could do, in that day, to further the course of peace in their community. Her brother is former US President and Nobel...

Ron Epstein: Responsible Living: Explorations in Applied Buddhist Ethics

Ron Epstein, Ph.D., is a Buddhist scholar and practitioner who has spent decades as a professor of Buddhist studies.  A prolific writer, translator, ethicist and activist who has authored countless pieces on the modern application of Buddhism and Buddhist ethics, he is a trustee, chancellor...

Mark Stevenson: Rebooting Our World

“The bad news is that everything is broken. The good news is that we can fix it. And the ugly news is that it’s gonna get really messy.” – Mark Stevenson   Mark Stevenson has described himself as a “reluctant futurist” and “pragmatic...

Melissa Stephens: Being the Person You Needed When You Were Younger

Melissa Stephens is a spirited elementary and middle school teacher with 24 years of classroom experience, a wife, and mother of three children. A woman of many talents, she currently serves as Student Activities Director, 5th grade Enrichment Teacher, 8th grade Leadership Coordinator, and 7th...

Scilla Elworthy: Wisdom in Action: Global Peace and a World that Works

"Wherever there is injustice, there is anger, and anger is like gasoline -- if you spray it around and somebody lights a matchstick, you have an inferno. But anger inside an engine is powerful: it can drive us forward and can get us through dreadful moments and give us power. I learnt this...

Melanie Joy: Beyond Carnism: Awareness to Create a More Compassionate World

“With awareness, we can create a better world for all beings, human and non-human alike.”-- Dr. Melanie Joy    Like many of us, Dr. Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor, and vegan activist, grew up without giving too much mind to a behavior that most of...

Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding Excess, and Communicating Our Needs

Miki Kashtan is a self-described “practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, exploring the application of the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to social transformation.” In 2002, she co-founded, with her late sister Inbal Kashtan, Bay Area...

Shinzen Young: The Role of Compassion on the Spiritual Path

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant who frequently uses concepts from mathematics as a metaphor to illustrate the abstract concepts of meditation and who is building a bridge between contemplative practice and hard science. His interest...

Alan Wallace: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness

In 1970 when he was just 20 years old, Alan Wallace said to the universe, “I need to meet a wise old man and I need it quickly!”  He was hitchhiking alone in Norway.  After several hours of waiting to catch a ride to Oslo, a little old man in a Volkswagon picked him up. As...

Parker Palmer: An Elder's Look Back at Healing Our Divided Selves and Worlds

Parker J. Palmer is a renowned writer, teacher, and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. For more than five decades, he has written and spoken about subjects ranging from contemplation to community, the inner life to public life, education to social change. He is...

Mary Pipher: Women Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

When Mary Pipher, a New York Times best-selling author, told her friends she was next writing a book on older women “like us,” they immediately protested, “I am not old.” What they meant, she says in a recent New York Times opinion piece, was that “they didn’t...

Linda Hess: Devotion to a Truth Beyond Form

Dr. Linda Hess is a scholar, a writer, a translator and a lover of devotional/mystical poetry from North India – especially of the 15th-century poet Kabir, who remains a popular and influential figure in India and Pakistan. She taught in various universities, concluding with 21 years in the...

Tsering Gellek: Preserving Sacred Culture and Building Bridges of Goodness Across Time and Place

For Buddhists, the small town of Sarnath, India is singular:  it is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma following his enlightenment, and where a cutting from the original Bodhi tree (the symbol of the Buddha’s great awakening) is planted.  This unique town in...

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky: Sustaining Ourselves Through Trauma and Overwhelm

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she is author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and of The Age of...

James Fox: Serving Prisoners and Transforming Criminal Justice

James Fox M.A. is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, (PYP), an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, Fox has been teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison as well...

Jeremy Lent: Patterning Instinct

"Hope, by contrast, is not a matter of estimating the odds. Hope is an active state of mind, a recognition that change is nonlinear, unpredictable, and arises from intentional engagement."  -- Jeremy Lent As an author and founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, Jeremy Lent...

Lee Mun Wah: The Color of Fear

It took two months for Lee Mun Wah’s parents to find his name, but on the day he was born, his parents wrote “Gary.” When people laugh at this, Lee Mun Wah explains that he hates the name, “Gary.” Not because it is not a beautiful name, but for what it represents....

Gregory Ellison: Fearless Dialogues

Reverend Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II is an artist who creates spaces for fearless dialogues. Rev. Ellison challenges each of us to ask, "who are you and how will you fight for freedom in your most authentic way?" His most authentic way is by creating the space for us to personally...

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