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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...
Hakim Ilyas: Traditional Islamic Healing
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....
Randall Amster: Gandhi and Anarchism
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Randall Amster. He is an author, activist, and educator in areas including peace, ecology, homelessness, and anarchism! Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966, Amster has worked as an attorney, judicial clerk, professor, and academic administrator during his...
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,...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Slobodan Dan Paich: Art For Social Change
Slobodan Dan Paich has spent the last 50 years in arts.  He started at the age of 7 -- and even had to flee Yugoslavia when he started his own social-change public theatre company at the age of 16!  Since then, he has taught at major schools and studios in United States, England,...
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...
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...
Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher: Making Peace, One Block at a Time
Anne and Terry are the co-founders of Canticle Farm, located in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland. Inspired by the life of Francis of Assisi, Canticle Farm is a community providing a platform for the Great Turning, one heart, one home, and one block at a time. The Great Turning-- the...
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...
Melissa Dickman: Desert Love Warrior: From Activism to Giftivism
In 2008, Melissa Dickman moved to the Sonoran Desert as a graduate student.  Nothing unusual, except that it transformed her identity in the "most excruciatingly painful and beautiful ways." An eager graduate student, Melissa quickly found herself on the front lines of the...
Quaglia: Innovative Community and Spirituality in Action
Damanhur is a vibrant and evolving spiritual eco-community based in northern Italy that values optimism, solidarity and peace. With about 1,000 citizens and members worldwide, Damanhur has been active since 1975 and has its own complementary currency system, constitution and schools. Damanhur was...
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...
Matt Kowalski: Service as a Vocation
Matthew Kowalski is a recovery coach, certified addiction counselor and motivational speaker who has worked with recovering addicts in both clinical and 12-step settings since 1998. Raised in a chaotic environment of generational abuse, he ran away at age 15 and spent the next 27 years lost in...
Dr. Jean Bosco: Making Sense of Suffering
Dr. Jean Bosco NIYONZIMA is a Rwandan medical doctor and Gandhian working in Liberia to build health systems and provide health care to some of the poorest people on the planet.   The Genocide in Rwanda in 1994 planted the seeds in Dr. Bosco for a deep questioning about his role in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Haleh Zandi: Social Justice - Cultivate Food, Nurture People
Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Planting Justice is on the forefront of a movement to create living-wage jobs for reentry people with barriers to employment, while transforming their local food system into one that fosters positive relationships...
Lilou Mace: Art of Interviewing People You Just Met
Lilou Macé is a French-American author, webTV host and international Internet video blogger since 2005 with over 25-million video views on YouTube.  Back in 2006, Lilou met Oprah Winfrey which then inspired her to start interviewing and a few months later, with no television or...
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...
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...
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...
Claudia Bernardi: Art for Political Change
Claudia Bernardi is an internationally known artist who works in the fields of art, human rights and social justice. In her work over the past two decades, she has used creative works in collaboration with communities that have suffered from violence and human rights violations.​ In...
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...
Deidre Combs: Conflict as a Call to Sing Our Proudest Souls' Anthems
Deidre Combs provides leadership on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and to overcoming challenges.  She is a management consultant, coach, mediator and professor.  Her approach to conflict resolution integrates wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural...
Gwen Austin: Deepening Our Understanding of the Homeless
Gwen Austin is a community builder and social justice advocate with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), an organization in Berkeley, California that helps homeless and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, as well as fights the root causes of poverty and...
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...
Polly Letofsky: Walking the World at 3 Miles Per Hour
On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her home in Vail, Colorado, and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and...
Summit Shah: My Journey With Smile Cards
Back in 2009, when Summit Shah was in college, he heard about Smile Cards. The idea behind Smile Cards was to do an act of kindness anonymously and invite the recipient to keep the goodness flowing by paying it forward. The idea deeply resonated with Summit but it wasn't until several years...
David Bollier: Wealth of the Commons
David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who explores "the commons" as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  "The commons is not an ideology so much as a lens and language for understanding the things that we share -- something that, in our...
Kay Pranis: Coming Full Circle: Safe Spaces, Learning to "Not Know", and Collective Wisdom
Kay Pranis teaches and writes about the dialog process known as "peacemaking circles."  Kay learned about peacemaking circles in her work in restorative justice in the mid-1990s.  Her initial teachers in the circle work were Barry Stuart, a judge in Yukon, Canada; and Mark...
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...
Aryae Coopersmith: Raising the Sparks: Retrieving the Hidden Light Around Us
Aryae Coopersmith is founder of One World Lights (OWL), a community of global citizens with the shared vision of people everywhere supporting a course change for humanity by supporting each other. The vehicle is wisdom circles – mostly by video-conferencing – where global citizens...
Ben Rivers: Storytelling and Participatory Theatre as Therapeutic Experience
Ben Rivers specializes in the use of therapeutic and participatory theatre for community mobilization, cultural activism and collective trauma response. Born in the UK and raised in Australia, he has taught and practiced in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, working...
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...
Giang Dang: Development With Local Resources
Lifelong resident of Vietnam, Giang Dang came from a traditional background in development.  After some years of working in a multi-national aid organization, she started to notice a need for depth of local connections and started Action for the City in Hanoi.  Showing how small scale...
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...
Charles Gibbs: Interfaith Peacebuilding: I'd Like to Help
The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs is an Episcopal priest who, from 1996 until his retirement in 2013, served as the founding executive director of the United Religions Initiative – serving from URI’s gestation to its position as an international network which consists presently of more...
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...
Ari Nessel: Power of Small Scale Philanthropy
Ari Nessel is a real estate developer in the Bay Area. As president of Nessel Development, Ari oversees the acquisition and improvement of properties including people-centric renovation, planet-saving materials and profit-generating business practices. Ari focuses his attention on locating,...
ServiceSpace Volunteers: Most Inspiring Stories of 2015
Throughout our various online portals from DailyGood to KindSpring, to our offline spaces like Awakin Circles and Karma Kitchen, to our retreats like Laddership Circles and Moved by Love, we witness the emergence of a lot of stories that touch our core and offer modern insights into ancient...
Rudy Corpuz: It Takes a Hood to Save the Hood
“I got tired of going in and out of jail. I got tired of waking up at people’s houses that were dope houses. I got tired of being on the streets where I didn’t know where I was going to be at, you know what I mean, the next day because I was living foul," says Rudy Corpuz....
Hawah Kasat: Can Art Unite Us?
HawaH is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor, community organizer and non-profit leader. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 35 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, host dialogues, perform poetry, teach...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Arlene Samen: Encountering Open Doors on the Path of Service
Arlene Samen has been a Nurse Practitioner in Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 33 years. In 2004, she left behind her clinical practice to dedicate her life to serving pregnant women living in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote places of the world. By 2009, she started One Heart...
Cierra McNamara: Building a Community Sanctuary for Stillness and Inner Wisdom
Cierra McNamara is a meditator, inventor, and Denver-based entrepreneur.  She believes that each person has within themselves a “reservoir of wisdom, creativity and resilience that is cultivated through moments of stillness and silence.”  This belief has driven her to found...
Sonya Shah: Witnessing Suffering and Transcendence in the Most Extreme Places
Sonya Shah has decades of experience as a facilitator of restorative justice practices in her family and community, as well as in schools and prison settings. She has been teaching social justice education for 20 years and grounds all of her work in critical pedagogy and a systemic analysis. She...
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...
Robert Yazzie: Navajo Notion of Justice
Robert Yazzie is a citizen of and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation. He served as Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 through 2003.  During that time, he promoted the development of Navajo common law and helped articulate the Navajo "bill of rights."  In an...
Philippe Simonin: A Dream to Share Dreams
Philippe Simonin had a dream to share dreams. Driven by a faith in creating a collaborative community where people support and help each other actualize their dreams, he founded Dreemit.org, a personal social online project aiming at creating hope and community.  Originally from a little...
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...
Len & Libby Traubman: A Marriage and Life in Dialogue and Bridging Divides
Libby and Len Traubman are peacemakers, filmmakers, authors, and co-founders and co-leaders of a 24-year-old nonviolent conflict resolution group, the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, established in 1992 in San Mateo, California, and preparing for its 289th meeting on the San...
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...
Yoav Peck: Encountering Others in Their Full Humanity
Yoav Peck is the co-Executive Director of the Sulha Peace Project, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who meet regularly "to encounter the other in our full humanity." Recognizing the mutual fears, alienation and suspicion that exist between Israelis and Palestinians, the Sulha...
Robert Bengston: Art and Inspiration: What Would Love Do?
"I'm here to help make the world more beautiful, inside and out." San Francisco Bay Area artist, Robert Bengtson, expresses his love for beauty through the mediums of photography, interactive art, wood, metal, plaster... and puts his creativity into inspiring the human spirit....
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,...
Sharyle Patton: Understanding and Reducing our Communities' Chemical Burden
Sharyle Patton is an environmental advocate who has spent much of her life working to remove toxic chemicals from the landscape and to empower communities to monitor their toxic burdens.  She led a network of 350 nongovernmental organizations from around the world in Stockholm in...
Maya Breuer: Listen to Spirit and Take Action
After embracing the yogic lifestyle and becoming a successful yoga teacher, Maya Breuer was visited by her grandmother in a dream, having fallen asleep with the question on her mind, “what will my work be?”  In the dream, her grandmother told Maya to be herself and to...
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]...
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...
Laura Delano: Recovery from Psychiatry and Reclamation of Inner Compass
Laura Delano is a community organizer, psychiatric liberation writer, and activist who advocates for fully informed choice about psychiatric diagnosis and "treatment" and for individuals’ right to access alternatives to the mental health system.  Laura recently founded and...
Jonathan Rose: Well-Tempered Cities That Harmonize Humans
Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. Our Awakin Call guest Jonathan Rose has a vision to transform these cities into well-balanced, nurturing, sustainable...
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...