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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....
Seema Patel: Stories From the Ekta Tour
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...
Dr. Bill Stewart: Deep Medicine
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Bill Stewart, a modern-day medicine man.  Dr. Stewart's journey spans the bone-chilling winters of his native Minnesota, San Francisco's patchwork of fog and sunshine, the blistering summers of southern India -- and more. He is a man...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Mark Jacobs: Creative Service exploits
Mark Jacobs is many things.  As a lawyer, he went on to start his own firm and practically never lost a case in his entire career.  But billing every six minutes didn't satisfy his communitarian side, so he would host inspired musicians in his home, volunteer with many causes,...
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,...
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...
Birju, Bela and Audrey: Giftivism Experiences in India!
As it is said, “Meditation is internal service while service is external meditation.”  Few places on our planet compare to Manav Sadhna, an abode of spiritual joy in the highest service of humanity. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have found solace and guidance in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Anne-Marie Bauer: An Ethic of Care
In any given encounter with Anne-Marie Bauer, one is inevitably left with a warmth of heart. A nurse by profession, nurturer by nature, and generous giver of small acts with great love, any environment that bears witness to her presence sooner or later beams a-glow with her motherly care,...
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...
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,...
Mia Tagano: What My Grandmother Taught Me
Mia Tagano is an actress whose devotion to caring for her 95-year-old grandmother has touched many hearts.  "My grandmother is my best friend," Mia says. "She teaches me to be in the moment." She visits almost daily and cares for her grandmother, who...
Gitanjali Babbar: A Force More Powerful: Transforming Delhi's Brothels
Delhi's GB road is the biggest red light area in the nation's capital.  Behind most of the faces lie untold stories of pain and suffering.  More than 4,000 women and 1500 children live in 77 brothels, most of whom are there by force, having been kidnapped, sold as young...
Thomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings: Speaking Up for Voiceless Creatures
Thomas Ponce is a 14-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida.  Thomas is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley’s Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. Thomas became...
Aditi Chokshi: Embracing Hidden Opportunities to Enable Others: Life's Lessons With My Brother
Aditi Chokshi is a remarkable "love warrior" of depth and character in the ServiceSpace ecosystem.  A management consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, where she advises a number of social sector and retail clients​, Aditi has spent eight years working on grassroots...
Mish and Mindy: Sisters in Kindness: Transforming Self through Service and Kindness to Others
Join us for a special call this Saturday with Michaele Rosen ("Mish") and Mindy Weber, "sisters" in kindness who are volunteers and coordinators for KindSpring.org, ​a digital portal with over 75,000 members worldwide that is generating a global movement for...
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),...
Linda Cruse: Of Marmalade and Machine Guns
She's visited 40 countries in 15 years, with just one suitcase. Inspired by the "power of one," Linda Cruse's all-encompassing friendliness, explorer's spirit, and desire to serve has brought her to every continent amid its catastrophic moments of crisis-- from...
21-Day Challenge: Ripples in Reverence
Beauty lies in details. To notice it, you have to be paying attention. In a world that's enamored by speed and information, it's easy to drown out the eternal rhythms upon which our daily lives turn. This Spring, everyday individuals across the globe are embarking on a 21-Day...
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...
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...
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...
Anthony Chavez: Continuing a Legacy of Inspiration
Walking in the footsteps of his grandfather, Anthony Chavez wants to make difference in the lives of young people. "What I want to tell the youth is that their voices do matter that they can start making change now," Chavez says. He is the grandson of César Chavez, who...
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...
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,...
Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion to the Prescription Therapy List
After formally training as a psychologist from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), Trupti Pandya from Gujarat, India started working with special needs children. She noticed, among professionally trained psychologists, a tendency to label such kids has having mental...
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...
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...