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Barbara Arredondo: I Am Here
Barbara Arredondo is a noted cultural curator and journalist in peacebuilding. Her work has taken her to dozens of countries and has resulted in profiles of a number of her generation’s most promising peace-builders. Though young in age, she managed to gather 6,000 peacemakers in her...
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....
Jayesh Patel: Living Service, at the Gandhi Ashram
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
John Malloy: Insights from Ancient Traditions
John went to work for the county probation department as a senior group counselor at the mere age of 21.  It was there that he first used group therapy to help inmates make peace with their victims’ families and with their own families.  He also sought to guarantee prisoner rights...
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...
Sunil Desai: From Marine Corps to The Bindi Project
Sunil Desai is the President and founder of The Bindi Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering love and respect for women and girls in India by engaging boys and men directly and broader audiences through public and social media. He envisions an Indian society that loves and...
Anar Patel: Empowering Women for Social Change
Wife, Mother, Friend, Social worker, Social Entrepreneur, Business woman. Using words to describe Anarben Patel is like trying to capture a beautiful panorama with a mobile-phone camera. They are a mere snapshot of the roles Anarben might play in a few hours, not an entire day even. From the...
Anjali Desai: Lessons from Slum Children
Anjali Desai is a polymath. Originally from Houston, Texas, she came to India in 2003 as an Indicorps Fellow. Her two-year fellowship on community development and women's empowerment turned into nine years and counting in India. She has worked on earthquake relief projects, been a...
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,...
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....
Sachi Maniar: Bloom Where You Are Planted
Sachi Maniar (aka Sachmo!) is one who does not let a day slip by unnoticed. A talented filmmaker with an eye for what makes life beautiful, she puts every inch of her body and mind into all that she takes on. She is a fierce change-maker, resourceful sister, social media...
Vlad Moskovski: Building Community
Vlad Moskovski is a Yoga instructor and meditation teacher. Meditation and Yoga have been his life and passion for over twelve years. Vlad teaches public Yoga classes and offers private Yoga therapy sessions, individual meditation coaching, and workshops in Berkeley and the Bay Area. He is...
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...
Laura Lavigne: Can a Simple Sign Make Your Day?
It started in May 2012 when a friend posted a photo on Laura Lavigne’s Facebook wall. The photo was of a few people wearing bright orange jumpsuits and holding signs with cool messages over their heads. It seemed a great match to the Center for Happiness. A conversation started, fueled by...
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...
Jayeshbhai Patel: Love in Action
Born at the Gandhi Ashram, in India, Jayesh Patel's journey of service is exemplary in every imaginable way. His father, Ishwar Patel, revolutionized the face of sanitation in the country, building 400 thousand toilets for the underprivileged communities and igniting more than a 100...
Claudia Horwitz: Spiritual Activism
Claudia Horwitz was one of the first people to speak about the concept of “spiritual activism” and is the author of “The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World.” (Penguin 2002).  Having stepped down from the Executive Director...
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...
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...
Sarah Van Gelder: Unity in Diversity
As co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yes! Magazine, Sarah has been at the forefront of positive and solutions-driven activism. With articles like '10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013' and 'Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy', Sarah speaks on leading-edge innovations...
Marilyn Schlitz: Tools for Transformation
Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Marilyn Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades. As an author and past president of Institute of Noetic Sciences, she has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies...
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...
Marty Krasney: Forging a New Generation of Authentic and Reflective Leaders
Marty Krasney is an educator and "peripheral visionary" who is the founding Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Fellows, a global community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical social innovators, established in 2010.  Marty was asked in 2008 to conduct a feasibility study...
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,...
Jackie Ehlers: We're All in this World Together
Jackie Ehlers is an award-winning global educator, community organizer, and human rights advocate who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America.  She has taught students from over 100 countries in every age group from preschool through college.  She has taught in public...
Eva Harris: Making Science Democratic and Sustainable
Dr. Eva Harris is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California Berkeley.  She focuses her research efforts on combating diseases that primarily afflict people in...
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...
Fleet Maull: Waking Up Rather Than Killing Time Behind Prison Walls
Fleet Maull, a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is the Founder and Board President of Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network), with over 175 organizational members and several thousand individual members providing mindfulness-based programs in prisons, jails and...
Laurie Mulvey: World in Conversation
Dr. Laurie Mulvey creates classroom spaces that revolve around students rather than lesson plans, where individuals can discover their own questions and respond fully to the challenges of divergent views. Because she is fascinated by the quality of learning that occurs in these spaces, she has...
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...
Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking the Great Vow Not to Burn Out
Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a sansei (third-generation Japanese American) poet and writer, social justice activist, diversity and inclusion consultant, secular mindfulness coach and core Buddhist teacher based in Oakland, California.  She teaches primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center...
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...
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...
Clare Dubois: Toward a New Nature-Based Feminine Consciousness
Clare Dubois is the founder of TreeSisters.org, a quickly-growing women’s crowd-funding and consciousness-shift campaign to inspire and direct the brilliance, creativity and generosity of women towards the reforestation of the tropics and shared leadership around ecological restoration....
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...
ServiceSpace Interns: Beginners' Minds in Kindness and Generosity
Once again this summer Service Space hosted a 10-week internship for students, with ages ranging from beginning high school to upperclass-persons in college! Each week, the interns were given readings and reflections, opportunities for silence, and experiments involving various personal...
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...
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...
Jerry White: Noble Resilience to Nobel Purpose
Jerry White is CEO of Global Impact Strategies and Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia. He shares in the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.  He worked closely with Diana, Princess of Wales, and then King Hussein and Queen Noor...
Anil Sachdev: Cultivating Inspired and Mindful Business Leaders
Anil Sachdev is a businessman who integrates a path of self-knowing and meditation with a successful executive career. His business experience in India and across the world covers areas such as talent management, strategic change and organizational transformation. He has been a senior leader...
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...
Brenda Salgado: Midwifing the Prophecy of an Earth-Based Feminine Consciousness
“I am loved. I am a blessing. I am sacred just the way I am. I have dignity. I have wisdom and gifts for the whole.” The 2016 graduating class at Naropa University echoes Brenda Salgado’s words after she addresses them at their commencement ceremony. Brenda Salgado is a...
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...
Kevin Hancock: Straining My Vocal Cords And Strengthening the Voices of Others
“I could see a universal, human story unfolding in the extreme example that was Pine Ridge.”   Kevin Hancock is the CEO of one of America’s oldest companies, Hancock Lumber, a 6th generation family-run lumber company in Maine founded in 1848.  Standing before a rapt...
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...
Simon Hampel: A Quest for Visionary Leaders and Change Agents
How do leaders become wise and compassionate stewards? And how does one go from vision to action? These questions have guided Simon Hempel in his work as a Partner (and former Managing Partner) of Leaders’ Quest, a London-based global organization that trains leaders in business,...
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...
Denise Bonnaig: Transcending Limitations and Transforming Wounds
“Ignorance just means you don’t know that there is a way out of your suffering.”   At once a lawyer, life coach, yoga teacher, and mother, Denise Bonnaig has been force of transformation in the lives of many. As a founding member of the boutique law firm Bonnaig &...
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...