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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...
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...
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...
Sunil Desai: From Marine Corps to The Bindi Project
Sunil Desai is the President and founder of The Bindi Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering love and respect for women and girls in India by engaging boys and men directly and broader audiences through public and social media. He envisions an Indian society that loves and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Suresh Parmar: Building Village Intelligence
Suresh Parmar is a mega-Renaissance man of the Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. A village child at heart, he received his Masters of Social Work from Gujarat Vidyapith and has devoted the last decade of his life to service and sanitation work in both rural and urban...
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...
Jake Harriman: Eradicating Rural Poverty in Africa
Jake Harriman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over 7 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a platoon commander and led four operational deployments throughout Southwest Asia/Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, while being awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat during his...
Kentaro Toyama: Beyond Technological Utopianism—Reclaiming the Human in Development
Kentaro Toyama is a technologist deeply committed to human development and the cultivation of virtue.  An optimist-turned-realist who believes that technologies "increase possibility," he has come to conclude, over the course of a career in technology for development, that...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Lorenzo Fioramonti: Value That Can't be Counted
Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Rikin Gandhi: Shifting My Gaze from the Stars to Earth and Within
Rikin Gandhi helped found is now the CEO of Digital Green, an agricultural development company.  Digital Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of rural communities across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa through the use of videos on agricultural best practices,...
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...
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...