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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...
Nimesh Patel: Rap Star to Service Rockstar
Nimesh "Nimo" Patel, rapper from Karmacy, music director, and animation studio owner in another life, has been living and volunteering in India with Manav Sadhna for the past two years. He went there with no agenda, just looking to serve, and ended up becoming the mentor,...
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...
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...
Peace artist: The art of peace!
Our guest this week is the peaceartist, who goal is to run 10,000 miles for love, art and peace!! He has been running all over the US for peace and giving away paintings that he creates for the people he meets. He relies solely on Providence and the kindness of people along the...
Kristin Pedemonti: Power of storytelling
Kristin in a Professional Storyteller, Literacy Advocate, Teacher Trainer, Teaching Artist, Volunteer Trainer, Public Speaking Coach. We know that she is also a Free Hugger, Bubble-blower (and avid reader of DG :)) and she was recently featured on Karmatube.. In her own...
Vinya Vasu: "Every Moment" Service
An Educator, Giver, and Seeker of Kindness, Vinya Vasu embodies a heart of love.    A special educator, former principal and founding teacher for students with severe trauma, abuse, and emotional challenges, Vinya finds herself drawn to work with kids who need it...
Anjali Desai: Lessons from Slum Children
Anjali Desai is a polymath. Originally from Houston, Texas, she came to India in 2003 as an Indicorps Fellow. Her two-year fellowship on community development and women's empowerment turned into nine years and counting in India. She has worked on earthquake relief projects, been a...
Christopher : Amplifying Altruism...
Christopher and his daughter Aubrey's mission is to generate altruism in others. They do this through their labor of love project, lovelist.org In their own words, "There are many people who need things. While we help people based on situational need, we primarily focus on people...
Sara Schairer: Birthing a Compassion Revolution
Nearly five years ago, Sara was facing an unwanted divorce, taking care of her 18-month old daughter, and looking for a job during the economic fallout.  As she says, "I was depressed, and quite frankly, I was a mess."  Her picture-perfect life had been turned upside down, so...
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...
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...
Emma Seppala: Science of Service: Why it's Good for You & the World
Emma Seppala speaks 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, English & Mandarin.   She's got three degrees, from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. And she's got many awards for her research on meditation, happiness, social connection and compassion -- and yoga-based interventions for war...
Amit Dungarani: Constant Kindness
Amit Dungarani is many things to many people.  To a valedictorian friend who grew up in his Arizona neighborhood, Amit is "one of the smartest guys I know."  To a six-year-old friend, he is the one who drives 4 hours to make the birthday cake celebration.  To his...
KindSpring Challenge: How 21-Days Can Change Us
KindSpring has created a series of 21-Day Challenges designed to help individuals and groups grow in values that help create positive change. Irrespective of profession, age, culture or geography, when we commit to cultivating certain values we unleash a ripple effect that has the power to...
ServiceSpace Interns: What I Learned This Summer
Every year, ServiceSpace hosts a ten week internship for high school and college students.  Through the course of the summer, they are assigned weekly homeworks, reflections and unique practices -- all of them designed to nurture conditions for an inner transformation to arise naturally...
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,...
Audrey Lin: Invisible Kindness
Love letters on flower shaped sticky notes, vegan chocolate chip cookies that can turn anyone into a cookie monster, a sunburst smile that will light up even the wariest of hearts, and a million and one acts of invisible kindness – there is no simple way to capture the boundless spirit of...
Bradley Stoll: Living and Teaching Experiments in Daily Kindness
This Saturday, we will hear from a teacher and deep experimenter in kindness. For more than 15 years, Bradley has been a math teacher at the Harker School in San Jose. There he continually creates events and service opportunities for the school community to engage in deeper,...
Mia Tagano: What My Grandmother Taught Me
Mia Tagano is an actress whose devotion to caring for her 95-year-old grandmother has touched many hearts.  "My grandmother is my best friend," Mia says. "She teaches me to be in the moment." She visits almost daily and cares for her grandmother, who...
Thomas Ponce: On Behalf of All Living Beings: Speaking Up for Voiceless Creatures
Thomas Ponce is a 14-year-old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, Florida.  Thomas is the founder of Lobby For Animals, the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and founder of Harley’s Home, which is used as his school-based animal rights club. Thomas became...
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...
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,...
Mish and Mindy: Sisters in Kindness: Transforming Self through Service and Kindness to Others
Join us for a special call this Saturday with Michaele Rosen ("Mish") and Mindy Weber, "sisters" in kindness who are volunteers and coordinators for KindSpring.org, ​a digital portal with over 75,000 members worldwide that is generating a global movement for...
ServiceSpace Volunteers: Most Inspiring Stories of 2015
Throughout our various online portals from DailyGood to KindSpring, to our offline spaces like Awakin Circles and Karma Kitchen, to our retreats like Laddership Circles and Moved by Love, we witness the emergence of a lot of stories that touch our core and offer modern insights into ancient...
Pierre Pradervand: Gentle Art of Blessing
Pierre Pradervand has worked for decades in personal development and social justice. His career includes work on nearly every continent. He is the author of The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World, in which he posits that making the conscious choice to...
Ann Sieben: From Nuclear Engineer to Adventure Pilgrim to Spiritual Pilgrim to Servant Pilgrim
Ann Sieben, the "Winter Pilgrim," has been a life-dedicated mendicant pilgrim since 2007.  A mendicant pilgrim is one who travels on foot along ancient paths to significant destinations. She carries nothing of material value; no money, cell phone, camera, GPS unit, nothing anyone...
Ferial Pearson: Secret Kindness Agents
Ferial Pearson is an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the College of Education and a former teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. She is the founder of The Secret Kindness Agents project. Ferial was a teacher at Ralston High School in Nebraska in 2012 when the news came from...
Liam Chai: 23-Year-Old's Journey of Unlearning
Liam Chai carries a depth of presence that transcends his 23 years. In 2011, while on track to study medicine, he began reading the writings of visionaries like Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Thoreau, and Fukuoka -- and found himself grappling with questions and new perspectives that...
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....
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,...
Robert Bengston: Art and Inspiration: What Would Love Do?
"I'm here to help make the world more beautiful, inside and out." San Francisco Bay Area artist, Robert Bengtson, expresses his love for beauty through the mediums of photography, interactive art, wood, metal, plaster... and puts his creativity into inspiring the human spirit....
Meredith May: Why Mercy Matters
Meredith May is a storyteller, award-winning journalist, author, and third-generation beekeeper. For much of her career, Meredith was (until 2015) a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her 2004 newspaper series “Operation Lion Heart,” about a war-wounded...
Andy Smallman: Kindness as an Avenue to Awe
What would happen if schools focused on kindness and gratitude before achievement and academics? This is a question that Andy Smallman not only entertained, but also acted upon. In 1994, Andy with a group of dedicated parents and their children started Puget Sound Community School [PSCS]...
Mark Barone & Marina Dervan: An Act of Dog: 5,500 Portraits for Animal Justice
"Getting sober, 18 years ago, was the most important catalyst and spiritual change in my life. I remember looking down at my dogs and seeing their utter dependency and need for me to be present, and without hesitation, I got up and poured my drink down the sink and never looked back."...
Parag Shah: A Different Kind of R.O.E.
As a diamond merchant and savvy businessman in Surat, India, Parag Shah used to look for R.O.E. -- return on equity. While running one of the most successful companies in the industry at its peak, Parag felt that his cup of gratitude overflowed, and so he started doing lots of...
Two Trees (Kaylynn Sullivan): The Practice of Living
“By birth, education and experience, my identity is shaped by a life spent at the crossroads - the place where cultures, ideas and beliefs collide and find both dissonance and resonance. I am most comfortable with those explorers and cartographers whose passion and life is the...
Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness and Kindfulness
Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness experts, is an accomplished mindfulness teacher, coach, speaker and author.  He is author of the international bestseller Mindfulness For Dummies, and more recently, of The Mindful Way through...