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Sandy and Ranganath: Spirit of Service
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Sandy and Ranganath from Boston!  From traveling across India on third-class train tickets, and opening up their homes to generations of strangers-turned-family and serving up countless gourmet meals to helping preserve...
Neil and Dillan: Journey of Two Teens!
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...
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...
Suzanne Toro: Surrendering To Bliss
Suzanne Toro is a creative global visionary and strategist who has a commitment to humanity and the environment with an emphasis on human spirit, global transformation, and assisting in healing the planet. Her life purpose melds writing, design, travel, teaching, and assisting in healing. Her...
Nancy Mellon: Stories that Heal: Awakin Call with Nancy Mellon
Nancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. An author, psychotherapist and mentor, for thirty years, she has awakened the goodness, truth and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy works with adults of varied backgrounds who seek new perspectives and...
Betty Peck and Anna Rainville: Bringing the Gift of Yourself
Betty Peck at 92 is full of a radiant loveliness that brings to mind fairy godmothers and enchanted gardens. A beloved kindergartner teacher since the 1950’s, Betty’s vitality and generous spirit is as bright as ever. Her daughter Anna Rainville, an educator, mentor and author brings...
Jayeshbhai Patel: Love in Action
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...
Vinciane Rycroft: A Mind with Heart
Vinciane Rycroft is trained in international environmental law and education for sustainable development, and has worked for non-governmental organizations in this field for twelve years. She is also passionate about the human mind. A particular interest is whether developing our understanding...
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,...
Shirin Subhani: Transforming Our Story
Shirin works on building collective synergy and community around stories of courage, creativity and change, as well as creative approaches to parenting and growing children and youth with special needs, specifically, those on the autism spectrum. Shirin’s work in community service for...
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,...
Ward Mailliard: Nurturing Values-Based Learning Journeys for Tomorrow's Citizens
This Saturday, we will hear from ​Sadanand Ward ("Ward") Mailliard, one of the founders (in 1978) of the Mount Madonna Center near Watsonville, California, and Vice President of the Board of Mount Madonna School, a K-12 school committed to "whole child education"...
Aaron Ableman: Nutritious Pop Culture: Igniting a Global Youth Movement!
A celebrated entertainer, author, and entrepreneur, Aaron Ableman grew up under the guidance of a farmer and a public-health nurse for parents, studying with indigenous elders, Hollywood elite and working class professionals alike. Born in Michael Douglas’ basement, Aaron was raised under...
Jerry Falek: The Power of Storytelling and Performance
This Saturday, we will hear from master story teller and movement artist Jerry Falek.  Jerry teaches performing and visual arts -- storytelling, dance, creative movement, and weaving -- as a guest artist in schools.  He also performs as a storyteller before audiences of dozens to...
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...
V.R. Ferose: Leadership Lessons from Specially Abled Children
He does not have an MBA degree but has managed more than 5,000 people. V.R. Ferose is a non-IIT engineer, but in 2010 he became the managing director of SAP Labs India, one of fifteen global R&D centers of the German software giant SAP — then becoming, at 33 years old,...
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...
JG Larochette: Healing Children and Communities One Breath at a Time
JG Larochette is a former classroom teacher, community organizer, and mentor in Richmond, CA who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mindful Life Project.  Since its founding in the Fall of 2012, Mindful Life Project has focused on empowering underserved students through...
Carolyn Gable: Tapping into One's Personal Toolbox
Carolyn Gable, author of Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress, is president and chief executive officer of New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing, Inc., a $28 million third-party logistics company that goes beyond basic transportation services. After struggling...
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),...
Howard Glasser: Transforming the Difficult Child
In his own words, Howard Glasser was a "doozy of a kid -- as difficult as they come." Having known all too well the ins and outs of a challenging childhood, for the last 20 years, Howard has been fueling a Nurtured Heart Approach of working and communicating with children. He's...
Carol Ruth Silver: Embracing the Responsibility to Make Things Right
Like the story of the blind men describing an elephant -- a tree, a rope, a snake! -- the name Carol Ruth Silver evokes different responses when being introduced:  "Oh, weren't you elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Harvey Milk, and allegedly targeted along with...
Teri Delane: Getting My Life Together to Give it Back
Dr. Teri Delane is the founding Principal of the Life Learning Academy in San Francisco. The Life Learning Academy (LLA) is a tuition-free San Francisco Unified School District charter high school, located on Treasure Island, and founded in 1998 by the non-profit Delancey Street Foundation. ...
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...
Barbara Crooker: Chronicling Life's Loves, Losses, and Disabilities Through Poetry
Barbara Crooker has been writing poetry since the late 1970’s.  Her work, for which she has won many awards, incorporates themes of nature, home, family, love, loss, and disability. Over 700 of her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, as well as compiled in several...
Mushim Patricia Ikeda: Taking the Great Vow Not to Burn Out
Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a sansei (third-generation Japanese American) poet and writer, social justice activist, diversity and inclusion consultant, secular mindfulness coach and core Buddhist teacher based in Oakland, California.  She teaches primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center...
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....
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...
Edmund Benson: Making a Difference as Elders
Florida businessman Edmund F. Benson, together with his wife Susan, declined to rest on their laurels when their well-earned retirement began.  Instead, the energetic and service-committed couple in some ways just began (again) their service journeys during their golden years.  They...
Luc Reynaud: Music as a Force of Love
When you consider its synchronicities and various plot twists, Luc Reynaud’s life seems stage directed by the universe.  Perhaps it all started when at 6 years old he announced to his teacher Rayma Hayes that he was going to paint the moon.  “And what about the Earth,...
Trupti Pandya: Adding Compassion to the Prescription Therapy List
After formally training as a psychologist from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), Trupti Pandya from Gujarat, India started working with special needs children. She noticed, among professionally trained psychologists, a tendency to label such kids has having mental...
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...
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...
Mary Rothschild: Attention, Digital Media and Young Children: From Confusion to Agency
Mary Rothschild was making bread with a group of preschool aged children at Ariadne's Thread, the children's center she founded and directed, when "she realized there had been a period of total silence as the children paid attention to kneading their piece of dough into an animal...
Patrick Cook-Deegan: Re-Imagining School and Wayfinding Purpose
“So much of our current high school system values achievement over exploration and competition over cooperation. So it is little wonder that many students leave high school and continue to drive toward external achievement without a true sense of self or deeper level of motivation."...
Anne Veh & Rajesh Krishnan: When Animals Are Our Healers
Anne Veh and Rajesh Krishnan are filmmakers and co-producers of Teach Me to Be WILD, a documentary film that explores the work of a wildlife sanctuary in Northern California where a team of injured, non-releasable wild animals become wild teachers helping to heal generations of hurt children...
Chad Harper: Hip Hop Saves Lives
"Whatever your passion is, dive right into it and give it away; it's just that simple. Whatever you really, really love to do, do that and share it with the world and teach youth how to use it for them to share with the world."  Chad Harper is founder of Hip Hop Saves...
Lobsang Phuntsok: Re-inviting the Uninvited Guests of the Universe
Everyone is an invited guest of the universe. Lobsang Phunstock tells the children of his community this frequently. But the message he received at a young age was the opposite: he was an uninvited guest of the universe. His mother was very young when she gave birth to him in the state of...