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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...
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....
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. Sriram Shamasunder: Poetry of Medicine
There are corners of the world whose struggles and triumphs seem hidden from view. Kigutu, is one of them -- a little village three hours away from Bujumbura, capital of Burundi. Whereas New York has one doctor per 200 people, Burundi has one per every 200 thousand. As an American doctor and UCSF...
Neil and Dillan: Journey of Two Teens!
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...
Trishna Shah and Cubs Community: Teaching Compassion
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...
Tom Mahon: Call On Technology and Wisdom
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...
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...
Chaz Howard: Radical Joy and Holy Play
Our guests this week will be: Professor Charles Howard, aka Chaz!  After his early life struggles, he became a young leader and activist to uplift others.   He sang.  He preached in many places of worship on topics wide-ranging from Tupac and Hip Hop to poverty and...
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...
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...
Meena Srinivasan: Spirituality and Education
Meena Srinivasan is a leader in India’s Mindfulness in Education Movement. She has developed and organized numerous mindfulness programs for children and trained many teachers as a member of Ahimsa Trust, the leading NGO bringing mindfulness into education in India. Meena is one of the...
Ian Watt: Youth and Social change
They're just 17 year old students -- but they already found a calling in service, are talented musicians and filmmakers and launched a website (actually a movement) that reflects their spirits: Love is the Answer  In their words, "LoveIsTheAnswer is a platform for talented people...
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...
Jerry Wennstrom: In the Hands of Alchemy...
"In 1979 Jerry Wennstrom was a rising star in the New York art world when he let go of his identity as an artist by intentionally destroying his large body of art and giving away his possessions. With this leap of faith Jerry embarked on a journey which...
Vinya Vasu: "Every Moment" Service
An Educator, Giver, and Seeker of Kindness, Vinya Vasu embodies a heart of love.    A special educator, former principal and founding teacher for students with severe trauma, abuse, and emotional challenges, Vinya finds herself drawn to work with kids who need it...
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...
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...
Ali, Atman, Andres: Holistic Life Foundation
Brothers Ali and Atman Smith met Andres Gonzalez at the University of Maryland College Park. During their last semester there, the trio spent a lot of time reading books on spirituality, philosophy, modern history, religions, ancient history, politics, and astronomy. They all saw some things...
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,...
Anupam Pathak: Empathy Driven Technology Design
Anupam Pathak, Founder and CEO of Liftlabs, is an inventor and entrepreneur at heart and passionate about creating new technologies for social benefit. He founded Lift Labs with the intent to apply his broad scientific knowledge and engineering skills to improve our quality of life. In his own...
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...
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...
Melina Uncapher: Neuroscience of Service
There’s a wonderful parable that compares lunch in heaven and in hell. Both places have the same set-up; large dining tables filled with delicious food. However, the forks are too long and it is impossible for the diners to eat with them. Those who dwell in hell live in eternal frustration...
Rick Hanson: The Science of Happiness
Rick Hanson is a graduate of UCLA, a neropsychologist, and the author of several books, most recently “Hardwiring Happiness". Dr. Hanson is an authority on self-directed neuroplasticity - the effects of mental attention, focus, thought, and behavior on brain structure, emotional...
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...
Shital Mehta: Experiments in Generosity with Children
Shital Mehta (or Shital-Mom as she's known in the Moved By Love community) has always had a passionate love for the Arts which manifested through her work with children of diverse backgrounds over the last 35 years. What began as working with kids to develop expression and creativity, has...
Alissa Hauser: Giving for Transformation
Alissa is the Executive Director of the Pollination Project , a foundation that gives away $1000 a day, every day, to individual social changemakers who have a vision and a plan for making the world a better place.  They fund projects all over the world, in any issue area.  Their...
Pamela Sukhum: Transformative Art: Practicing Devotion to Beauty
Pamela Sukhum is an artist whose mission is to bring beauty and light to the world through her paintings. Her work brims with rich colors and textures, and warm, radiant energy. Her use of both broad, sweeping lines and delicate, intricate details give her work a depth and dimension truly unique...
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...
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...
Vinciane Rycroft: A Mind with Heart
Vinciane Rycroft is trained in international environmental law and education for sustainable development, and has worked for non-governmental organizations in this field for twelve years. She is also passionate about the human mind. A particular interest is whether developing our understanding...
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....
Bidyut Bose: One Breath at at Time
After his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Bidyut Bose spent many years doing research and development for Silicon Valley's tech companies.  However, in 1998, he started paying forward a gift that his father (and later monks from the Himalayas) had endowed him with -- gift of...
Emma Seppala: Science of Service: Why it's Good for You & the World
Emma Seppala speaks 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, English & Mandarin.   She's got three degrees, from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. And she's got many awards for her research on meditation, happiness, social connection and compassion -- and yoga-based interventions for war...
Mark Dubois : What I Learned From the Rivers
"Despite my strength, I remember the oar being ripped out of my hand like I was a baby. I was not yet paying real attention to the river. I broke seven oars my first year because I wasn’t in rhythm with it. I was fighting against it. The next year I learned to dance with the river. I...
Vilma Caban-Vazquez: How Morocco Changed My Life
Proud of her humble beginnings, Vilma Caban-Vazquez feels that perhaps she was destined to become a global humanitarian vessel.  Although she faced great adversity along the way, she flourished like a resilient urban flower.  Vilma’s mother, with a 2nd grade education,...
Robbie Stokes: Talking with Strangers
After graduating from Florida State, Robbie Stokes helped the president of national fraternity, started a consulting group and moved to DC to work in the political arena.  At some point, Robbie started talking to strangers, and enjoying the genuine connections that emerged through it....
Lily Yeh: Art for Social Transformation
In 1986, Lily Yeh was asked by the dancer and educator Arthur Hall to create a park in an abandoned lot next to his building in North Philadelphia. With a small grant, a few shovels, and little else, Lily invited children and adults in this ravaged inner city neighborhood to join her in clearing...
Kazu Haga: Movement of Peace Warriors
Kazu Haga is a nonviolence trainer and founder of the East Point Peace Academy in Oakland, California. East Point Peace Academy envisions a world where historic conflicts are fully reconciled and where new conflict arises solely as an opportunity for deeper growth. Where the depth of human...
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...
Jess Markt: The League of Afghanistan
A few years ago, Jess Markt, a Brooklyn-based paraplegic and wheelchair basketball player for the New York Rollin’ Knicks, answered an open call for an experienced American player to teach the game of wheelchair basketball in a little town in Afghanistan. At the time, all he knew of this...
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....
Bob Sadler: Art That Can Heal
Bob Sadler is a photographer that has been involved with a project called, "Inherent Worth and Dignity."  One day in 1983, while he was shooting landscape photographs, a homeless man approached him and asked, "I suppose the question for you is—are you an artist or are...
Ruth Richards & Seana Moran: Ethics and Psychology of Creativity
Dr. Ruth Richards is one of the leading researchers on creativity in daily life. Many years ago, before she went on to earn an M.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she was studying to become a high school teacher.  While taking a required psychology class, a discussion...
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...
Shirin Subhani: Transforming Our Story
Shirin works on building collective synergy and community around stories of courage, creativity and change, as well as creative approaches to parenting and growing children and youth with special needs, specifically, those on the autism spectrum. Shirin’s work in community service for...
KindSpring Challenge: How 21-Days Can Change Us
KindSpring has created a series of 21-Day Challenges designed to help individuals and groups grow in values that help create positive change. Irrespective of profession, age, culture or geography, when we commit to cultivating certain values we unleash a ripple effect that has the power to...
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...
Ven Pannavati: The Journey from Inner Change to Outer Change
Born into a Baptist family, Ven. Pannavati shares, "I felt the love of Jesus enter my heart when I was 6. But, when I was 13, I had an experience that the Baptist church said was not real, so I had to look outside of the church for an explanation. Eventually I became a Christian pastor,...
Randy Taran: Accessing the Happiness Within
Randy Taran is a filmmaker, author, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and communities to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. Drawn from research in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, Project...
Steve Karlin: When Animals Are Our Teachers
Steven Karlin has spent the last 40 years exploring the amazing and mysterious relationships between humans, nature and animals. As the founder of Wildlife Associates and the Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary, Steve has been living with wild animals for more than thirty four years and has...
ServiceSpace Interns: What I Learned This Summer
Every year, ServiceSpace hosts a ten week internship for high school and college students.  Through the course of the summer, they are assigned weekly homeworks, reflections and unique practices -- all of them designed to nurture conditions for an inner transformation to arise naturally...
Audrey Lin: Invisible Kindness
Love letters on flower shaped sticky notes, vegan chocolate chip cookies that can turn anyone into a cookie monster, a sunburst smile that will light up even the wariest of hearts, and a million and one acts of invisible kindness – there is no simple way to capture the boundless spirit of...
Michael Lerner: Wounded Healers
Forty years ago, Michael Lerner, a Harvard- and Yale-trained political scientist, left a promising academic career to start Commonweal that would serve at-risk children, help adults with environmentally related health problems and promote public education about environmental health. Today,...
Ward Mailliard: Nurturing Values-Based Learning Journeys for Tomorrow's Citizens
This Saturday, we will hear from ​Sadanand Ward ("Ward") Mailliard, one of the founders (in 1978) of the Mount Madonna Center near Watsonville, California, and Vice President of the Board of Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to "whole child education"...
Jerry Falek: The Power of Storytelling and Performance
This Saturday, we will hear from master story teller and movement artist Jerry Falek.  Jerry teaches performing and visual arts -- storytelling, dance, creative movement, and weaving -- as a guest artist in schools.  He also performs as a storyteller before audiences of dozens to...
Bradley Stoll: Living and Teaching Experiments in Daily Kindness
This Saturday, we will hear from a teacher and deep experimenter in kindness. For more than 15 years, Bradley has been a math teacher at the Harker School in San Jose. There he continually creates events and service opportunities for the school community to engage in deeper,...
Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Women in Spirituality
How did a Malibu beach girl who then moved to Hawaii and surfed the waves in Honolulu become the Mother of the "Daughters of the Buddha" (Sakyadhita)? Being teased as a teenager is rarely a trigger for life-changing serendipity, unless you're Karma Lekshe. Prior to ordaining as a...
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...
Piya Sorcar: Providing Health Education and Breaking Taboos for the World — For Free
Piya Sorcar is ​the founder and CEO of TeachAIDS, a social venture spun out of Stanford University in 2009 that has been recognized as an innovation that could “change the world” by MIT Technology Review. At TeachAIDS, Piya leads a team of world experts in medicine, public health,...
JG Larochette: Healing Children and Communities One Breath at a Time
JG Larochette is a former classroom teacher, community organizer, and mentor in Richmond, CA who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mindful Life Project.  Since its founding in the Fall of 2012, Mindful Life Project has focused on empowering underserved students through...
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...
Ron Nakasone: A Calligrapher's Pilgrimage
"Spend five minutes talking with Ron Nakasone and you will sense two things: a wisdom that makes you curious and a casualness that makes you comfortable," Peter Doebler writes. An accomplished scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture at the Graduate Theological Union (an...
Anne Veh: The Art of Making the Mundane Magical
The first thing you'll notice are her shining eyes. Anne Veh is an incredible force of love. An artist, curator, mother, wife, seeker, convener of school kindness circles, interviewer extraordinaire, eternal kindergartner (a la eternal kindergarten teacher, Betty Peck),...
Howard Glasser: Transforming the Difficult Child
In his own words, Howard Glasser was a "doozy of a kid -- as difficult as they come." Having known all too well the ins and outs of a challenging childhood, for the last 20 years, Howard has been fueling a Nurtured Heart Approach of working and communicating with children. He's...
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...
Ferial Pearson: Secret Kindness Agents
Ferial Pearson is an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the College of Education and a former teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. She is the founder of The Secret Kindness Agents project. Ferial was a teacher at Ralston High School in Nebraska in 2012 when the news came from...
Carol Ruth Silver: Embracing the Responsibility to Make Things Right
Like the story of the blind men describing an elephant -- a tree, a rope, a snake! -- the name Carol Ruth Silver evokes different responses when being introduced:  "Oh, weren't you elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Harvey Milk, and allegedly targeted along with...
Teri Delane: Getting My Life Together to Give it Back
Dr. Teri Delane is the founding Principal of the Life Learning Academy in San Francisco. The Life Learning Academy (LLA) is a tuition-free San Francisco Unified School District charter high school, located on Treasure Island, and founded in 1998 by the non-profit Delancey Street Foundation. ...
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...
Liam Chai: 23-Year-Old's Journey of Unlearning
Liam Chai carries a depth of presence that transcends his 23 years. In 2011, while on track to study medicine, he began reading the writings of visionaries like Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Thoreau, and Fukuoka -- and found himself grappling with questions and new perspectives that...
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...
Rhonda Magee: Addressing Social and Racial Injustice with Compassion
Rhonda Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at the Jesuit University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she is dedicated to...
Joshua Gorman: Generation Waking Up
Joshua Gorman is a writer, speaker, changemaker, community builder, and a voice championing the paradigm-shifting role of the Millennial Generation.  He is the founder of Generation Waking Up, an organization that ignites young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world....
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...
Edmund Benson: Making a Difference as Elders
Florida businessman Edmund F. Benson, together with his wife Susan, declined to rest on their laurels when their well-earned retirement began.  Instead, the energetic and service-committed couple in some ways just began (again) their service journeys during their golden years.  They...
Doug Powers: Cultivating and Teaching Freedom
“Freedom is the goal of the liberal education.” A teacher at Berkeley High School in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Douglas Powers was a student of philosophy exploring phenomenology and freedom of the mind, as well as a self-described Bay Area “happy hippie,” when he...
Andy Smallman: Kindness as an Avenue to Awe
What would happen if schools focused on kindness and gratitude before achievement and academics? This is a question that Andy Smallman not only entertained, but also acted upon. In 1994, Andy with a group of dedicated parents and their children started Puget Sound Community School [PSCS]...
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...
Jeffrey Mishlove: The Flowers and Roots of Consciousness
"Why am I me?" The chills and sensations of first being conscious of myself being conscious of myself are still vivid in my memory. I was a ten year old child then, sitting alone in my parents' bedroom, touching my own solid consciousness and wondering at it. I was stepping through...
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer: Healing through Indigenous Wisdom
Manulani Aluli Meyer (Manu) is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku o Keawe. The Aluli ohana (family) is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have...
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...