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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....

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...

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...

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...

Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion

James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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,...

Kay Sandberg: Supporting Loving, Gentle Birth as a Force for Global Transformation Through Love

Kay Sandberg is the Founder, Chief Visionary, and President of the Global Force for Healing, an organization based in Ashland, Oregon that aims to create, connect, and communicate about grassroots projects that demonstrate love as a primary force for healing, transformation, and...

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...

Nilima Bhat: Men, Women and Shakti Leadership: Exercising Power Regeneratively

A facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima Bhat facilitates leaders in achieving self-mastery in the areas of business and leadership. Her book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (co-written by Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious...

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....

Frank Ostaseski: What the Living Can Learn From the Dying

“Dying is much more than a medical event. It is a time for important psychological, emotional and spiritual work – a time for transition. To a large extent, the way we meet death is shaped by our habitual response to suffering, and our relationship to ourselves, to those we love, and...

Thu Nguyen: Resourcefulness, Resilience, and the Art of Living

A father who left before she was born.  Relocating with her mother and uncles as refugees from Vietnam to Canada as a young child.  Growing up in an overcrowded household.  Gangs.  A scholarship to the prestigious engineering program at the University of Waterloo. ...

Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations in the Edge of Self

Anil Ananthaswamy is a science writer and author of The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of Self (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2015), which has been described as “revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self” via an intimate look at the latest neuroscience...

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...

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...

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...

Phil Cass: Transforming Leaders and Communities

Phil Cass is a host, facilitator/trainer and consultant, a mentor and part-time college level instructor, a constant advocate for community, and a life-long student. For the past two decades, Dr. Cass has put into practice methods of leadership throughout his community of Columbus, Ohio that move...

David Fryburg: You are What You See: Inspiring Kindness through Images

We live in a world where news stories are riddled with negativity; wars, crashes, political and social strife fill our living rooms and enter our most personal of space, our homes.  What are the implications for our neurological and physical health to be exposed to such negative news, and...

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a Stanford University-based psychologist and scholar who combines disciplines of Western science with Eastern healing modalities.  With a doctorate from Harvard University, Stephen has trained in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation, and Chinese...

Myron Eshowsky: A Deeper Listening: Hearing's Loss to Healing's Gain

Myron Eshowsky embodies many roles -- among them, that of mediator, shamanic healer and co-director of the Social Health Care Program for Syrian Refugees based in Jordan, which provides direct services and training in trauma treatment for Syrian families displaced by the conflicts....

Shin Terayama: Loving My Cancer

“My purpose is to lead people to higher consciousness, that is to be wise and full of love.” Shin Terayama, a Japanese physicist, voluntarily checked himself out of a hospital in 1984 at the age of 46 to die from inoperable, metastasized kidney cancer. Having regularly worked...

Brenda Salgado: Midwifing the Prophecy of an Earth-Based Feminine Consciousness

“I am loved. I am a blessing. I am sacred just the way I am. I have dignity. I have wisdom and gifts for the whole.” The 2016 graduating class at Naropa University echoes Brenda Salgado’s words after she addresses them at their commencement ceremony. Brenda Salgado is a...

Phuoc Le: HEAL-ing Others and Paying Forward the Blessings

“As much as I’ve been blessed with, what I expect of myself is to focus on health disparities and have it be my life’s work.” -- Dr. Phuoc Le Dr. Phuoc Le has long been an advocate for equitable healthcare worldwide. These days, Dr. Le wears many hats, from physician to...

Dimple Parmar: Marrying Into Cancer -- and Finding Love

The founder of Love Heals Cancer based in Delhi, India, Dimple Parmar is a force to be reckoned with. Determined to serve humanity and bring a smile to everyone's face, she is a person who believes in letting the power of love and care engulf one’s life. After losing her loving partner...

Jessica Roach: Midwifing a New Social Reality for Black Women and Mothers

Jessica Roach is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT), a nonprofit organization focused on providing community-based maternal-child health and birthing support in Columbus, Ohio.  As a Black women-led reproductive justice organization,...

James Stark: Opening Windows to Wonder, the Miracles of Life and Nature

James Stark, M.A., F.E.S., has committed his life to exploring how we – our selves, our communities, and our species -- might move into greater harmony with who we are and reignite a deep connection with the rest of the natural world. Stark is the co-director of the Regenerative Design...

Alan Wallace: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness

In 1970 when he was just 20 years old, Alan Wallace said to the universe, “I need to meet a wise old man and I need it quickly!”  He was hitchhiking alone in Norway.  After several hours of waiting to catch a ride to Oslo, a little old man in a Volkswagon picked him up. As...

Timothy Harrison: Compassion Based Education

Timothy Harrison of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia joined the university's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics (formerly the Emory-Tibet Partnership) in 2013 and currently serves as the associate director for Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT)....

Grayson Sword: 18-Year-Old Wisdom

Grayson Sword is a 18-year-old high school senior and open-heart surgery survivor. At 13, she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Given almost no chance to survive, she lived, finding strength in compassion and resilience. Now 18, she's on a mission to raise compassion in the world....

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