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Aqeela Sherrills: Phoenix Rising: Transforming Trauma in Urban War Zones as a Heart-Centered Peace Activist

I believe we now exist in a time where the heart has been prepared for a new movement, where love becomes a practice as opposed to an idea, where vulnerability and humility become strengths as opposed to weaknesses. Growing up the youngest of 10 siblings in a Watts, Los Angeles housing...

Antoinette Klatzky: A Feminine Voice From the Emerging Future: Transforming Business, Environment and Leadership

“We are stronger than we realize.  We have the immense capacity for resilience -- to rise up and recreate the world we know is possible.” When Antoinette Klatzky took a part-time job as a recent college graduate in a retail clothing store, she might not have imagined one...

Arlie Hochschild: The Deep Stories of Our Times: Strangers No More

“Everyone has a deep story,” says Arlie Hochschild. “Our job is to respect and try to understand these stories.”  Hochschild is one of the most distinguished sociologists of our time. Considered the founder of the “sociology of emotion,” she...

Adam Hochschild: Lessons for a Dark Time: What Can History Teach Us?

With the skill of a journalist, the eye of a historian, and the heart of an activist, Adam Hochschild has been a leading voice on human rights issues for the past 40 years. He is the author of 10 books, including King Leopold’s Ghost ,To End All Wars, and his most recent, called an...

Ariel Burger & Cleary Vaughan-Lee: Becoming and Witnessing in These Tumultuous Times

We are excited to invite you to participate in a unique conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger and Cleary Vaughan-Lee about the power of being a witness in these tumultuous times. Some questions we will be collectively holding include: How do stories shape how we witness, and how does...

Amir Hussain: Nonviolence in Islam

Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions. With a specialty in Islam, he focuses on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. In both 2008 and 2009, he was chosen by vote of Loyola...

Angela Oh: Transforming Communities: Tools for Peace and Justice

Angela Oh is an attorney, ordained Zen Buddhist priest, and nationally recognized expert on race relations and conflict resolution who has spent a lifetime utilizing a range of internal and external tools to help bridge cultural divides across race and religion. A second-generation Korean...

Ashima Goyal: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Ashima Goyal is an "ordinary" heroine who channels her talents and wide-ranging training to serve extra-ordinarily in small and large ways. A writer, an editor, a socio-emotional learning educator, an artist, a community-builder (and visionary behind Romania's first Karma...

Ajay Dahiya: From Teenage Monk to Lifelong Experimentation in Service

Ajay Dahiya is Executive Director of The Pollination Project, a grant-making organization that seeks to unleash goodness and expand compassion all over the world. Founded by active ServiceSpace volunteer Ari Nessel, The Pollination Project makes worldwide daily seed grants –...

Alan Wallace: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness

In 1970 when he was just 20 years old, Alan Wallace said to the universe, “I need to meet a wise old man and I need it quickly!”  He was hitchhiking alone in Norway.  After several hours of waiting to catch a ride to Oslo, a little old man in a Volkswagon picked him up. As...

Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman: Walking the World of Suffering with Both Compassion and Indifference

Suzuki Roshi walked up to Mel Weitsman one day and said, “Just being alive is enough.” This became a touchstone for Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman who, after more than 50 years of practice, continues to draw on Suzuki Roshi as his role model. He tries to be as simple as possible when he...

Anil Sachdev: Cultivating Inspired and Mindful Business Leaders

Anil Sachdev is a businessman who integrates a path of self-knowing and meditation with a successful executive career. His business experience in India and across the world covers areas such as talent management, strategic change and organizational transformation. He has been a senior leader...

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...

Aarti Kuber: Healing through Acceptance and Forgiveness

Mumbai-based 22-year-old Aarti Kuber likes to call herself a Planeteer and believes her life’s mission is to help our planet and its people heal. Having experienced child sexual abuse, she went on to peacefully confront the person who violated her, ten years after the incident took place....

Ann Medlock: Sticking Her Neck Out For Democracy and Our Common Humanity

Ann Medlock is a writer and social activist who founded the Giraffe Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that's given countless people around the globe the stories and inspiring examples of real heroes—people sticking their necks out for the common good—for more than...

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...

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]...

Alfred Tolle: Cultivating and Connecting Conscious Leaders

“Wisdom is not about intellectual debate, but magical moments of presence so deeply connected and so pure with people.”  -- Bernd Kolb (Atman Project) Business leader Alfred Tolle has spent his personal and professional lives at the geographic as well as spiritual...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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),...

Ari Nessel: Power of Small Scale Philanthropy

Ari Nessel is a real estate developer in the Bay Area. As president of Nessel Development, Ari oversees the acquisition and improvement of properties including people-centric renovation, planet-saving materials and profit-generating business practices. Ari focuses his attention on locating,...

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....

Aryae Coopersmith: Raising the Sparks: Retrieving the Hidden Light Around Us

Aryae Coopersmith is founder of One World Lights (OWL), a community of global citizens with the shared vision of people everywhere supporting a course change for humanity by supporting each other. The vehicle is wisdom circles – mostly by video-conferencing – where global citizens...

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...

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...

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,...

Aurora Sidney-Ando: Nurturing Art

Aurora received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Colorado and puts it to use by illustrating children’s books, designing murals, and painting large canvases. Her inspiration comes from the bold colors from her hometown in Mexico and the simple style of her Japanese...

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...

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...

Alissa Hauser: Giving for Transformation

Alissa is the Executive Director of the Pollination Project , a foundation that gives away $1000 a day, every day, to individual social changemakers who have a vision and a plan for making the world a better place.  They fund projects all over the world, in any issue area.  Their...

Aisha Salem: Embrace of truth

Aisha Salem was born and raised in Denmark. At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Life broke loose eradicating every idea of individual existence through a year and a half of extreme spiritual unfoldment; dying into the flame of...

Anupam Pathak: Empathy Driven Technology Design

Anupam Pathak, Founder and CEO of Liftlabs, is an inventor and entrepreneur at heart and passionate about creating new technologies for social benefit. He founded Lift Labs with the intent to apply his broad scientific knowledge and engineering skills to improve our quality of life. In his own...

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...

Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Always Trust Magic...

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things: children's books, grown-up books, short films, salads, connections with the universe, something out of nothing, and wishes. According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips...

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...

Americ Azevedo: Truth Demands to be Lived..

A few years ago, Americ Azevedo sat in a college classroom with about 15 students. It was a meditation class and he was the instructor. This past fall, that same class enrolled 603 students and took place in one of the largest lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus. A philosopher,...

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...

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...

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...

Arathi, Ashish and Birju: On Laddership

Last week, ServiceSpace Leaders from all over the world got together for a "laddership" retreat.  And this Saturday, June 16th, Ashish, Arathi and Viral will help co-reflect the learnings that we gleaned during that powerful collective experience....

Adam Grant: Compassion in Corporations

Adam Grant is an award-winning researcher and teacher on the faculty at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Fortune magazine has named him in the World's Top 40 Teachers Under 40.  In an effort to align corporations more deeply with values, Dr. Grant has crafted a...

Ashish Mehta: Monastery Hopping And More Such Fun

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...

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