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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....
Chaz Howard: Radical Joy and Holy Play
Our guests this week will be: Professor Charles Howard, aka Chaz!  After his early life struggles, he became a young leader and activist to uplift others.   He sang.  He preached in many places of worship on topics wide-ranging from Tupac and Hip Hop to poverty and...
Mony and Alberto: Walking 5000 Kilometers For Peace
In 2001, Mony  Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso made decisions that would profoundly alter the course of their lives. Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman with a successful career, was so moved by the events of September 11 that she decided to embark on a humbling journey for peace. She began on the...
Charles Eisenstein: Spirit of Gift
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.  Author of two books and a feature in many online videos, he speaks frequently about the creating gift economies and build resilient communities....
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...
Murtaza: Movies for Healing
Working in a 5-star hotel, Murtaza found himself immersed daily in a high-stress environment. Eventually, his body broke down, and he was forced to leave his job. This propelled him down a trail of health and greater meaning, where he eventually encountered the Urban Ashram, began listening...
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...
Peter Bernhardt: Uncovering Systems IQ
Peter Bernhardt is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works in an emerging field of psychology, which is based on a combination of systems thinking, depth psychology, mindfulness and somatic psychology. Born in 1956, he grew up in many of the...
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...
Marc Ian Barasch: The Compassionate Life
Marc Ian Barasch is an award winning author, magazine editor, TV producer, and media activist.      Desmond Tutu call his book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life "a compulsory read for everyone", while Dr. Larry Dossey said of The Healing Path, “If you read one...
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...
David Levins: Deepening Our Social Bonds
Inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Steinbeck, Robert Pirsig and others, David Levins often rewrites excerpts from their books.  In 2011 he took one of his essays out of the commonplace book he keeps and used it to start a community garden where a large number of the city’s residents...
Keidi Keating: Re-awakening Your Inner Spark
Keidi Keating is the creator of the book, The Light, designed to help people reawaken their Divine inner spark and live a more enlightened life. Twenty-two luminaries contributed chapters to the book, including bestselling authors such as Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marci Shimoff, and...
Melina Uncapher: Neuroscience of Service
There’s a wonderful parable that compares lunch in heaven and in hell. Both places have the same set-up; large dining tables filled with delicious food. However, the forks are too long and it is impossible for the diners to eat with them. Those who dwell in hell live in eternal frustration...
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...
Jan Daddona: Control vs Freedom
Janis Daddona (NARRATOR) is a professional voice talent and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University.  She’s a regular blogger and interviewer for the weekly global “Awakin Calls”. She lives in Connecticut with her feline mentors,...
David Robinson: Unconditional Leadership -- Walking the Talk
In college, David Robinson wrote a thesis paper, and then went on to actually implement it! That organization he started as a young graduate, Community Links, is still thriving many decades later as a grassroots effort to build stronger, healthier and more vibrant community. It has received many...
Ken Fuchsman: Embracing our Contradictions
Ken Fuchsman, Ed.D. is a Viet Nam veteran who, after his experience in the war as well as memories prompted by the fighting of the second Iraqi war, faced some very dark parts of himself. In plumbing the depths of these experiences he was impelled to research the nature of the human condition....
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...
Conrad P. Pritscher: Lessons From A Student of Life
Long time member of ServiceSpace community, Conrad Pritscher recently sent out a note to his friends: "I was recently in the hospital for a week, first being diagnosed with pneumonia, then being diagnosed with lung cancer. After more tests, we discovered that my lung cancer is not operable....
Ruth Richards & Seana Moran: Ethics and Psychology of Creativity
Dr. Ruth Richards is one of the leading researchers on creativity in daily life. Many years ago, before she went on to earn an M.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she was studying to become a high school teacher.  While taking a required psychology class, a discussion...
Marilyn Schlitz: Tools for Transformation
Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Marilyn Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades. As an author and past president of Institute of Noetic Sciences, she has published hundreds of articles on consciousness studies...
Will Pye: Radical Gratitude, For the Good and the Bad
Will Pye is a spiritual entertainer, writer and mentor. Following many years of increasingly tiring practicing of self-loathing, hopeless despair and nihilistic hedonism, Will gave himself wholeheartedly to a quest to realize the nature of reality only to discover the quest had already begun....
Randy Taran: Accessing the Happiness Within
Randy Taran is a filmmaker, author, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Project Happiness, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and communities to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. Drawn from research in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, Project...
Deidre Combs: Conflict as a Call to Sing Our Proudest Souls' Anthems
Deidre Combs provides leadership on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and to overcoming challenges.  She is a management consultant, coach, mediator and professor.  Her approach to conflict resolution integrates wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural...
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...
Mike Dooley: The Power of Thought
Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who’s founded TUT, a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that’s now home to over 700,000 members from over 185 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual...
Ashton Applewhite: Anti-Ageism Crusader
Ashton Applewhite is a Brooklyn-based writer whose subjects range from family policy to science and technology. Since 2007, Applewhite has been writing about ageing and ageism at her website, This Chair Rocks. Ashton is the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well....
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...
Germán Herrera: Self-Knowledge and Transformation Through Art
Germán Herrera is ​​a visual artist with an interest in psychology, perception and our potential as human beings.  He is interested in art as an agent or catalyst, which, through beauty or otherwise, "seduces us to sense, feel and possibly think about a given...
Phil Borges: Viewing Mental Illness Through Other Lenses
Phil Borges is an artist, activist and filmmaker who uses photography and film for storytelling. For over twenty-five years he has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries...
David Brown Jr.: On Forgiveness and Embracing Adversity to Discover Purpose
David Brown Jr. is an author, leadership coach and management consultant who draws upon the personal transformation he experienced as a result of personal crisis and tragedy as a platform for helping individuals and organizations learn how to navigate adversity, discover inner peace and...
Cierra McNamara: Building a Community Sanctuary for Stillness and Inner Wisdom
Cierra McNamara is a meditator, inventor, and Denver-based entrepreneur.  She believes that each person has within themselves a “reservoir of wisdom, creativity and resilience that is cultivated through moments of stillness and silence.”  This belief has driven her to found...
Matt Walker: Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake
“The evidence is overwhelming, it is irrefutable.  Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health each and every day,” says Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of...
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....
Scott Elias: Designing Companies That Are Loved
When Scott Elias lost 80% of his hearing in kindergarten, his emotional and intuitive connection to the world went into overdrive like a sixth sense. When his hearing was surgically restored two years later, the medical miracle ignited his passion for music and science which he channeled into his...
Yoav Peck: Encountering Others in Their Full Humanity
Yoav Peck is the co-Executive Director of the Sulha Peace Project, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who meet regularly "to encounter the other in our full humanity." Recognizing the mutual fears, alienation and suspicion that exist between Israelis and Palestinians, the Sulha...
Ken Cloke: From Conflict to Transcendence and Transformation
"Once we recognize that every conflict has emotional, energetic, and spiritual overtones, we can go deeper, and explore the subtle, invisible, vibratory lines along which it, and much of reality, runs. By paying attention to the music of ordinary communication we can discover a hidden...
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...
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...
Jeffrey Mishlove: The Flowers and Roots of Consciousness
"Why am I me?" The chills and sensations of first being conscious of myself being conscious of myself are still vivid in my memory. I was a ten year old child then, sitting alone in my parents' bedroom, touching my own solid consciousness and wondering at it. I was stepping through...
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...
Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness -- Rewiring Our Brain to be More Compassionate and Happy
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author.  His best-selling books, available in 26 languages, include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence;...
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...