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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...

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...

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...

Thuy Nguyen: Heal Yourself, Heal the Community

Thuy Nguyen has been practicing Chinese Medicine for 15 years. Through her experience, she has developed a simple but profound understanding of medicine and healing: that we are sick from the notion of separation -- from our bodies, from one another, from nature, from the present moment, from...

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...

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,...

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),...

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....

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....

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...

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...

David Fryburg: You are What You See: Inspiring Kindness through Images

We live in a world where news stories are riddled with negativity; wars, crashes, political and social strife fill our living rooms and enter our most personal of space, our homes.  What are the implications for our neurological and physical health to be exposed to such negative news, and...

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...

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...

Bonnie Rose: The Power of Sacred Irreverence

“Holiness is everywhere. It abides hidden in the infinite ordinary and seeks expression through our intimate recognition of it.” -- Bonnie Rose   As a former registered nurse, actress, and opera singer, Bonnie Rose's career trajectory has been anything but...

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...

Michael Penn: The Nature of Hope

Around the age of twenty-two, a near death experience transformed Dr. Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of sacred texts and the works of the founders of the world’s religions. Today Professor Penn is a...

Melissa Stephens: Being the Person You Needed When You Were Younger

Melissa Stephens is a spirited elementary and middle school teacher with 24 years of classroom experience, a wife, and mother of three children. A woman of many talents, she currently serves as Student Activities Director, 5th grade Enrichment Teacher, 8th grade Leadership Coordinator, and 7th...

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...

Michelle Kinder: Socially Conscious Leadership from the Inside Out

Dallas-based therapist, activist, writer, community leader and speaker Michelle Kinder examines and teaches conscious leadership “from the inside out.” She offers practical, achievable steps for parents, teachers and others to support children’s social-emotional health, and for...

Shelly Ehler: Swimming With the Sharks and A New Look at Failure

Shelly Ehler may be best known for her appearance on Shark Tank, but her lesser-known story of inner transformation that followed its airing is deeply enriching. On the surface, Shelly is an inspiring entrepreneur who took a simple idea, believed it with all her heart, and brought it to life. If...

Pavithra Sundareshan: Bringing Dignity to the Differently Abled

Pavithra Sundareshan was 22 years old when, together with her husband and business partner, she started Vindhya, a business process outsourcing organization in Bangalore, India, which may be the first and only for-profit enterprise in which the majority of employees are people with disabilities...

Brian Conroy: Art of Storytelling

Brian Conroy is a gifted storyteller who comes alive when he sees people of diverse faiths, races, and backgrounds working together. Founder of the Buddhist Storytelling Circle, a group of storytellers from the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery who perform at interfaith gatherings, he first encountered...

Gaus Sayyad, Maitreyee Gehlot & Karan Shah : Youth - Be the Change

How can today’s Youth face the uncertain world while staying true to their values? How can Youth lead by example, by “Being The Change”? What practices or inner cultivation help nurture resilience and conviction to operate from their natural self?   Join us as we...

Ryland Engelhart: Kiss the Ground: Sacred Commerce, Love Activism, and the Solution of Soil

When entrepreneur and “love activist” Ryland Engelhart was feeling hopeless about the damage human beings were doing to the planet, there was a solution so obvious that it was practically hidden beneath his own two feet: the soil. Upon discovering that healthy food heals the soil that...

Meenakshi Gupta and Anshu Gupta: Give, Receive and Dance

Join us on this heartful conversation with these 2 incredibly inspiring icons as we explore their inner journeys along with some stories and insights from their incredible work at Goonj.     Goonj’s work over last 2 decades has been instrumental in strengthening the...

प्रह्लाद सिंह टिपानिया : अनहद में विश्राम (हिंदी में)

Prahlad Singh Tipanya is a name that needs little introduction as one of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today. He sings in the Malwi folk style from Madhya Pradesh and has an incomparable ability to sing and explain the words of Kabir, making them easily accessible to the...

N.Vaghul: Compassionate Leadership

Narayanan Vaghul, former Chairman of ICICI Bank, is widely recognized in India for his role in pioneering the Indian private banking space. At ICICI, N Vaghul was at his institution-building best. His vision resulted in the formation of TDICI, (India's first venture capital company),...

Vipul Shaha: Journeying Back to the Roots

This Sunday April 11, 2021 at 10 am (IST) in conversation with Vipul Shaha, will be ServiceSpace volunteer Rahul B Mehta on the topic of "Journeying Back to the Roots" :  What promise does a village or rurban life hold for today's youth? What is education of the heart? What...

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