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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....
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...
Adelaja Simon: Living in Service to the Whole
Adelaja Simon stopped cooperating with business school to become a permaculturist. He lives in the Canticle Farm community in East Oakland, where he knows, grows, and loves local food and is an extraordinary singer and vegan cook. Adelaja focuses his activism in human...
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...
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...
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...
Wu De: Awakening of Harmony
Walk into a café today, and you’re likely to find yourself hit with an assortment of to-go beverages: coffee, chai, espressos, Americanos, hot chocolate, green tea lattes, Frappuccinos, Dunkaccinos, and on and on. With so many rich options, hot tea is almost listed as an...
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...
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...
Sallie Calhoun: Living on a Ranch
Sallie Calhoun is a software and ranchland pioneer. An engineer by training, she spent twenty-five years growing a software company with her husband which they sold in 2000. Then they did the craziest thing they'd ever done: they purchased a 7600 acre ranch south of San Jose, Ca. Sallie will...
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...
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...
Jeffrey Smith: Taking On the Food Industry
Jeffrey Smith is a leading American consumer advocate who has opposed the use of genetically modified foods since they were introduced in the 1990s. Smith authored the books Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re...
Andrea Casalinho: Permaculture Ethics and Design: Shaping and Living the Life We Want
Andrea Casalinho, along with her husband Jeroen and their children, run Casalinho e Escabelado, an emergent permaculture project in the mountains of central Portugal.  They invite volunteers from around the world to experience a different lifestyle and become...
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...
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...
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,...
Liz Mitten Ryan: The Wisdom of the Herd
In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, traded in the secure terrain of her known life to move with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise...
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...
Debra Roberts: Sacred Path of Bees
“Many of the challenges in this world stem from our disconnect with nature — both within us and outside of us. When we steward bees in a bee-centric rather than business-centric way, there is an opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness we share with all life.” When...
Peter Kalmus: Being the Change: How I Dramatically Cut Fossil Fuels and Increased My Joy
Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s systems, Dr. Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes.  He stopped flying...