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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,...
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...
Ashish Mehta: Monastery Hopping And More Such Fun
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...
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....
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...
Prakash and Shruti: Power of Grassroots Service
We are delighted to have Shruti and Prakash as guests on our Forest Call this Sunday. If Margaret Mead ever need proof for her quote, "Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world; in fact, its the only thing that ever has," this remarkable couple is it. Living in...
Ilonka: Spreading Positive News
Turning on television news or reading newspapers can often times give us the impression that the world is a dreary place and there is nothing positive happening. Ilonka knew this was not true and so she and her friend John started a publication as a gift to the world, free of cost with the pure...
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....
Peace artist: The art of peace!
Our guest this week is the peaceartist, who goal is to run 10,000 miles for love, art and peace!! He has been running all over the US for peace and giving away paintings that he creates for the people he meets. He relies solely on Providence and the kindness of people along the...
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...
Christopher Lowman: Learning To Serve With Love
Sometimes the introduction are best done in first person.  Here is Chris on his website:  In 2011, I wrapped up the life I was living in the USA (giving up job, home, and almost all of my earthly possessions), to pursue a life of travel and service. You could call it a 'jump and...
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...
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...
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...
Hannah Brencher: Love Letters...to the World!
 Hannah Brencher is a writer, speaker, and creator pinning her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. After spending a year writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world, Hannah launched TheWorld Needs More Love...
Krishan Patel: Living Life Like a Pilgrimage
Krishan Patel is not afraid to search for the heart of life.  In his last year at the University of Michigan, he gave up his math major so that he could focus on writing.  During that time, he worked in a maximum security prison, where he learned about the human experience. As a child,...
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...
Krupali Tejura: Doctor Who Fulfills Dreams
Krupali Tejura, MD, a radiation oncologist, treats patients at the Corona Cancer Clinic in Corona, Calif. And via the internet, she channels another powerful form of energy on behalf of patients with advanced-stage cancer — the goodwill and kindness of other people. Dr. Tejura uses the...
Sheetal Sanghvi: Creating an Urban Oasis
The Urban Ashram, an urban oasis in the heart of the city of Pune, is a space to dedicated to the work of inner transformation. Sheetal Sanghvi, the founder of this space considers himself as a pilgrim on his way back home to the source. He remembers starting his spiritual enquiry early in his...
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...
Christopher : Amplifying Altruism...
Christopher and his daughter Aubrey's mission is to generate altruism in others. They do this through their labor of love project, lovelist.org In their own words, "There are many people who need things. While we help people based on situational need, we primarily focus on people...
Scaughdt Iam: Inspiring the Altruistic Moment
In the summer of 2003, Scaughdt (pronounced “Scot”) had reached a dead end. After many years of reading and philosophizing about truth and “the meaning of life,” his life still felt meaningless.   In his own words, he says, “Full of despair over my failure to...
David Levins: Deepening Our Social Bonds
Inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Steinbeck, Robert Pirsig and others, David Levins often rewrites excerpts from their books.  In 2011 he took one of his essays out of the commonplace book he keeps and used it to start a community garden where a large number of the city’s residents...
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...
Wu De: Awakening of Harmony
Walk into a café today, and you’re likely to find yourself hit with an assortment of to-go beverages: coffee, chai, espressos, Americanos, hot chocolate, green tea lattes, Frappuccinos, Dunkaccinos, and on and on. With so many rich options, hot tea is almost listed as an...
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...
Krishna, Aya, Arvind and Aakruti: From Scarcity to Abundance
Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads $0.00 with only this footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you." That's Karma...
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...
Paul Van Slambrouck: The Art of Slow Storytelling
Paul Van Slambrouck is a distinguished journalist and visionary. He began working for the Christian Science Monitor in 1976, and spent a lot of years covering South Africa.  From 1989 to 1997, he was with the San Jose Mercury News, where he was part of the news staff that won the Pulitzer...
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...
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...
Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal the Community
Thuy Nguyen has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years. Through her experience, she has developed a simple but profound understanding of medicine and healing: that we are sick from the notion of separation -- from our bodies, from one another, from nature, from the present moment, from...
Will Pye: Radical Gratitude, For the Good and the Bad
Will Pye is a spiritual entertainer, writer and mentor. Following many years of increasingly tiring practicing of self-loathing, hopeless despair and nihilistic hedonism, Will gave himself wholeheartedly to a quest to realize the nature of reality only to discover the quest had already begun....
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...
21-Day Challenge: Garden of Simplicity
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...
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,...
Giuseppe Spadafora: Serving Up Community One Tea Cup at a Time
Giuseppi Spadafora, a/k/a Guisepi, also known as the tea-time-traveler, Tea-sippi, G-sips, and G'steepy, has been adventuring the land since 2006 when, while living in a truck on Hollywood Boulevard and working as a video editor, he accidentally stumbled upon the power of serving free...
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...
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...
Makala Kozo Hattori: Healing Gift of Cancer -- And Life
Makala Kozo Hattori is a healer, counselor, host and writer who was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in July 2015. Rather than pursue traditional Western medicine’s allopathic treatments, he chose a path of natural medicine, diet, spiritual practices, and relational healing....
Luc Reynaud: Music as a Force of Love
When you consider its synchronicities and various plot twists, Luc Reynaud’s life seems stage directed by the universe.  Perhaps it all started when at 6 years old he announced to his teacher Rayma Hayes that he was going to paint the moon.  “And what about the Earth,...
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...
Joserra Gonzalez: A Re-Love-ution Blooms in Spain
Jose Ramon Gonzalez (“Joserra”) is a service-hearted generosity entrepreneur, meditator, and activist for the common good. With his witty humor and kind heart, Joserra has a profound ability to connect with just about anyone he meets. Born in Burgos, Spain, a town placed in the...
Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees
“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...
Pranidhi Varshney: Staying Strong in Values
Pranidhi Varshney is a devoted ashtanga yoga practitioner and teacher, and the founder of Yoga Shala West, a community-supported ashtanga yoga studio in West Los Angeles. She teaches to share the deep love she has for yoga practice and for all students who follow this path. She aims to cultivate,...
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...
Thom Bond: Teaching Compassion at Scale
Thom Bond brings 27 years of study and training experience in human potential to his work as a writer, speaker and workshop leader. His passion and knowledge of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) combine to create a practical, understandable, humorous, and potentially profound approach for learning...
Silas Hagerty: Film-making and Gifting for Transformation
Silas Hagerty is a filmmaker and founder of Smooth Feather Productions, a Maine-based film production company that creates films of significance and gives them away.  Silas and Smooth Feather Productions are perhaps best known for their creation of Dakota 38, a feature-length film that...
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...
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...