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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,...
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....
Adam Grant: Compassion in Corporations
Adam Grant is an award-winning researcher and teacher on the faculty at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Fortune magazine has named him in the World's Top 40 Teachers Under 40.  In an effort to align corporations more deeply with values, Dr. Grant has crafted a...
Arathi, Ashish and Birju: On Laddership
Last week, ServiceSpace Leaders from all over the world got together for a "laddership" retreat.  And this Saturday, June 16th, Ashish, Arathi and Viral will help co-reflect the learnings that we gleaned during that powerful collective experience....
Rob Haddad: Homeless to Entrepreneur
This Saturday we are truly blessed to be joined by Rob Haddad.  Rob's story and how the Service Space community encountered this compassionate and gentle soul is simply incredible. At one point in his life, Rob had literally hit rock bottom. Through the kindness of strangers and the...
John Fullerton: Practicing Finance as if People Mattered
John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative  working to transform finance to serve a more just, resilient, and sustainable economic system. Through the work of Capital Institute, his syndicated “Future of Finance” blog on the Capital...
Kathleen Paylor: Conscious Capital
Kathleen Paylor has been exploring the idea of spiritual capitalism for decades. Her background in impact investing included multiple 'big names' in that world, bringing with it a position as a thought-leader in the space. Concurrent to the outer success was an inner process that was a...
Jean Francois Noubel: The Currency of Gratitude
Jean-François Noubel was one of the founders of AOL France, the startup that brought the Internet to France (1995).  Through a series of transformative experiences, in 2003, he decided to shift his focus entirely towards collective intelligence. He founded The Transitioner, an...
Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion
James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...
Peter Bernhardt: Uncovering Systems IQ
Peter Bernhardt is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works in an emerging field of psychology, which is based on a combination of systems thinking, depth psychology, mindfulness and somatic psychology. Born in 1956, he grew up in many of the...
Somik Raha: The Value of Values
Somik Raha, is a dear friend and servant leader of the ecosystem, a PhD in Decision and Risk Analysis from Stanford University, and is now Strategy Consultant at SmartOrg. While talking about this call, this is how he introduced himself and the questions he lives...
Sunaina Chugani: Psychology of Materialism
Growing up in a Sufi family on the border of Mexico in South Texas, Sunaina Chugani saw her parents start a jewelry business in her home town.  She saw all sorts of customers flow through the shop, but a particular type of customer frequently caught her attention: those who didn't seem...
Prasad Kaipa: Smart to Wise Leadership
Prasad Kaipa is the CEO of the Kaipa Group in California and works with companies and senior executives in the areas of innovation, leadership development, and coaching. He enjoys exploring and reinterpreting ancient wisdom and its application in developing highly effective and authentic leaders....
Sara Schairer: Birthing a Compassion Revolution
Nearly five years ago, Sara was facing an unwanted divorce, taking care of her 18-month old daughter, and looking for a job during the economic fallout.  As she says, "I was depressed, and quite frankly, I was a mess."  Her picture-perfect life had been turned upside down, so...
Rahul Brown: Money, Service and Stillness
If anyone were to make a file on Rahul, it would go into the folder “unclassified”. His interests and experiments reach far beyond his formal education and work experience. From working at a technology startup, advocating for alternative healthcare to working with a power company,...
Tom Hurley: Designing for Transformation
Devoted to the understanding and midwifing of transformation, Tom Hurley has spent his life working on the frontier of this personal and collective phenomenon.  He worked for seventeen years as a director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the premier center for the study of...
Jay Chodagam: Fulfillment over Achievement
In 1998, while getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Janardhan (Jay) came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate...
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...
Janice Marturano: Finding the Space to Lead
Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011,...
Siddharth Sthalekar: From Capital Markets to Compassion Capital
​Siddharth Sthalekar was flying high with a business school degree, a job as an influential banker, and a recurring television spot that allowed him to move markets.  And yet something inside him stirred -- this is not why he was here.  3 years back, after moving on from his work, he...
David Robinson: Unconditional Leadership -- Walking the Talk
In college, David Robinson wrote a thesis paper, and then went on to actually implement it! That organization he started as a young graduate, Community Links, is still thriving many decades later as a grassroots effort to build stronger, healthier and more vibrant community. It has received many...
Nipun Mehta: Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?
Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus).  In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a "full time volunteer." Since then, his work has reached millions, he has received many prestigious awards, and has tirelessly addressed hundreds...
Salma Arastu: Inner Rhythm and Outer Art
Salma Arastu describes herself: "Painting has been my need ever since I can remember and it has become a vehicle for me to find the purpose of life.  Over the past thirty years, I have created images with continuous, lyrical line and a variety of...
Sudhakar Ram: New Constructs of the Connected Age
Sudhakar Ram is chairman and managing director of Mastek, a publicly traded IT company.  In 2007, he received CNBC Asia's India Business Leader Award in 2007 for excellence in leadership.  Many NGOs around the world are grateful for his silent philanthropy.  Despite his...
Michelle Long: Local Living Economies
Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Founded in 2002, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independently owned businesses as the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real...
Jake Harriman: Eradicating Rural Poverty in Africa
Jake Harriman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over 7 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a platoon commander and led four operational deployments throughout Southwest Asia/Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, while being awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat during his...
Amit Dungarani: Constant Kindness
Amit Dungarani is many things to many people.  To a valedictorian friend who grew up in his Arizona neighborhood, Amit is "one of the smartest guys I know."  To a six-year-old friend, he is the one who drives 4 hours to make the birthday cake celebration.  To his...
Violaine Hacker: Search for Common Good
Violaine Hacker is a Phd in Law and Public Policies at the Sorbonne, and the founder of the Common Good Forum in Europe. The Common Good Forum represents an initiative to bring together experts and practitioners in various fields to reconsider economics and other areas of human enterprise with...
Randy Yeh: From CEO of Lucent to Serving Seniors
After his PhD in Computer Science, Randy Yeh got a job at Bell Labs in Texas. Years later, he successfully climbed up the ladder to become the CEO of Lucent and President of AT&T Taiwan. "Somehow, I fell in love with money," he says. Along the way, though, he realized that what...
Otto Scharmer: Egosystem to Ecosystem
Growing up on a farm in Germany, Otto Scharmer noticed a lot of unsettling divides in society that ultimately led him to his PhD thesis titled: "Transformation of Capitalism as a Revolution From Within." As he jokes, "No one read it, so I went on another pursuit to make such ideas...
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...
Carter Phipps: Evolutionaries: Bridging Creative Individuality and Cooperative Sociality
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, and contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. For the past decade, as...
Natasha Rockstrom: How I Found My Calling In Joy And Giving
Having lived across the globe-- in places like London, Stockholm, California, Montreal, Oman, and now Dubai, Natasha Rockstrom is a global citizen with a passion to ignite generosity in all around her. It all began from the seeds of a business school social experiment,...
V.R. Ferose: Leadership Lessons from Specially Abled Children
He does not have an MBA degree but has managed more than 5,000 people. V.R. Ferose is a non-IIT engineer, but in 2010 he became the managing director of SAP Labs India, one of fifteen global R&D centers of the German software giant SAP — then becoming, at 33 years old,...
Mike Dooley: The Power of Thought
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who’s founded TUT, a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 700,000 members from over 185 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual...
Don Shaffer: Money as Spiritual Energy and Community Connector
Don Shaffer serves as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance, a San Francisco-based socially responsible investment firm that serves borrowers committed to sustainable practices and investors who value community impact as well as profit. As leaders in social finance and social impact...
Mary Gentile: Voicing our Values
Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is the Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, a Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and an independent consultant. A Senior Research Scholar at Babson College, Gentile previously was a faculty member and manager of case research at...
Carolyn Gable: Tapping into One's Personal Toolbox
Carolyn Gable, author of Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress, is president and chief executive officer of New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing, Inc., a $28 million third-party logistics company that goes beyond basic transportation services. After struggling...
Jared Levy: Every Generation Needs A Teacher
Jared Levy sits on the board of Social Venture Network, is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is founder and CEO of a marketing agency called Guru Media Solutions.  Prior to that, by the age of 25, Jared had his own company with 20 interns and...
Mirabai Bush: Reforming Secular Institutions Through Contemplative Practices
Mirabai Bush has focused her life on the interdependence of social change and individual consciousness, and the potential for reforming secular institutions through practices that once existed only behind monastery walls. She responds to the speed and fear that drives much of American life...
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...
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...
Charles Holmes: Doing Well by Doing Good
Charles Holmes is a convener, facilitator, and an educator. Described by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, as a "true social alchemist," Charles authentically engages and connects people with ideas and possibilities to help them innovate, collaborate and deliver results they...
Cam Danielson: Traits of Exceptional Leaders
Cam Danielson is a co-founder and principal at the Conscious Leadership Institute. His work focuses on assisting leaders and management teams to revise future direction and opportunity amid the turbulence of personal, organizational, and societal change. Cam has distinctive competence in delivery...
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...
Mike Dickson: Exercising Our Generosity Gene
Mike Dickson encourages people to be generous, and guides them so that their giving is as fulfilling and effective as possible.  He is the Founder of Rainmaker Foundation, a collaborative charity launched in the United Kingdom in January 2012.  The Foundation's aims are to...
Bonita Banducci: Harnessing the Talents and Contributions of Women
"Women being fully expressed in the workplace is, for me, an integral part of being well and being whole," says Bonita Banducci.  "Calling out the brilliance of women both for my students and for women at large, men and women, to me is the access to just a higher level of...
Jeannie Kahwajy: Getting the People Part Right
Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy is the founder and CEO of Effective Interactions, a firm specializing in personal effectiveness and organizational achievement.  She is an expert in the mechanism of interpersonal influence and focuses on applications in leadership, decision making, negotiation, and...
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...
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...
Alfred Tolle: Cultivating and Connecting Conscious Leaders
“Wisdom is not about intellectual debate, but magical moments of presence so deeply connected and so pure with people.”  -- Bernd Kolb (Atman Project) Business leader Alfred Tolle has spent his personal and professional lives at the geographic as well as spiritual...
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...
Parag Shah: A Different Kind of R.O.E.
As a diamond merchant and savvy businessman in Surat, India, Parag Shah used to look for R.O.E. -- return on equity. While running one of the most successful companies in the industry at its peak, Parag felt that his cup of gratitude overflowed, and so he started doing lots of...
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...