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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....
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...
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...
Shwetha Sridharan: Receiving requires showing up
Shwetha Sridharan started her life in this world as a migrant.  When she was a few months old, she moved to Zambia, Africa with her family as part of the migration of Indians into African countries. The first 7 years of her life, which she later came to know, were filled with community,...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
Paul Shoemaker: Can't Not Do: Inner Traits for External Impact
Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International—a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders that fund and support social change agents in nearly 40 cities and 8 countries. In 2011...
Jared Levy: Every Generation Needs A Teacher
Jared Levy sits on the board of Social Venture Network, is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is founder and CEO of a marketing agency called Guru Media Solutions.  Prior to that, by the age of 25, Jared had his own company with 20 interns and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Ulrike Reinhard: Skateboard Parks and the Power of Relationship
Ulrike Reinhard is a German publisher, author, futurist, and a catalyst for global development efforts.  As the woman behind the Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar, a skateboard park in rural India that is upending notions of caste and gender barriers and empowering a community...
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...