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John Prendergast: Archaeologist of the Heart

“Whether we realize it or not, the heart is what we most carefully guard and most want to open.” John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., likens the investigation of the heart to “an archaeological dig.” Helping people excavate layers of the heart is a culmination of his...

Dr Hansa ji Yogendra: Union with the Divine

What stands out in Hansa ji's life is that her life in the service of Yoga has been lived almost entirely within the confines of suburban Mumbai, and not as some may deem necessary, in the Himalayas. Hansa ji is the Director of The Yoga Institute– the oldest organized centre of Yoga in...

Wakanyi Hoffman: An Ubuntu Keeper of Indigenous Wisdom

Wakanyi Hoffman is an artist of life who paints the shades of each day as a storyteller, author, mother, global citizen, journalist, and keeper of indigenous wisdom. While serving in a refugee camp in Northern Kenya in her early twenties, she came to a profound insight: "Compassion is a...

Rev. Heng Sure: The Alchemy of Bowing: Transformation Through Humility, Ethics, and Generosity

“Bowing…can be considered a technology for changing one’s consciousness.  How will the world be better if I don’t change myself?” About a year after being ordained a Buddhist monk at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage, California in 1976, Reverend...

Navin Amarasuriya: Finding Contentment

He has cycled down the East Coast of the US in winter and ridden a motorcycle across East Timor; it’s clear that Navin Amarasuriya isn’t one for staying in his comfort zone. This is probably why, despite being one of the fifth-generation owners of the Singaporean jewelry company BP de...

Vijaya Nagarajan: Rituals of Generosity

Vijaya Nagarajan is an Associate Professor and former Chair in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco. She is also a contributor to the American Academy of Religion, an environmental...

Emeran Mayer: Tapping into the Wisdom of the Gut

With a unique combination of researcher, doctor, and Buddhist practitioner, Dr. Emeran Mayer has been leading the movement to “bring the brain back into medicine” for the past 40 years. His work at the David Geffen School of Medicine has illumined the mysterious connection between the...

Shaheen Mistri: A School Called Life

“Father, my life is in your hands.” pleaded the young 18 year old girl to the principal of St. Xavier's College Mumbai. She begged him that she be admitted 3 months after all admissions were closed.     She was born in Mumbai, in circumstances of privilege, and...

Jonathan Greenberg: A Builder of Beloved Community Cultivates Hearts and Skills for Peace

At 12 years old, Jonathan D. Greenberg was leafing through his family’s Life magazine when, to his horror, he came across images of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. These evoked other haunting images he’d seen before—the civil war and famine in Biafra, and the Watts...

Arun Sharma: Nature's Healing Science Healing & Life's Creative Intelligence

Dr. Arun Sharma, fondly known as “Guruji” by his students, is the Founder Director of the International Institute of Mahayoga & Natural Hygiene (IMANAH), USA.  In his twenties, he wanted to be a successful entrepreneur and used to be full of innovative business ideas....

Nandini Murali: Owning Our Stories: Breaking the Silence Around Suicide to Heal Self & Society

In the spring of 2017, Nandini Murali, a South Indian journalist and author, returned from an out-of-town assignment to an eerily quiet home. Typically, her husband would greet her at the front door, but that morning he hadn’t answered her phone calls. It was Nandini who discovered his...

David VanderMolen: Integrated Leadership Lessons: Shifting From Preaching to Listening

“A lot of the work that has had the most impact on people’s lives is work that has come from my own journey. Anything I’ve ever done that has any merit occurred because it came out of an experience I had in life.” Nearly 25 years ago, David VanderMolen – now a...

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...

Susan Collin Marks: Wisdom and Waging Peace in a Time of Conflict

When Susan Collin Marks was growing up in South Africa in the apartheid era, her mother took a stand against the regime. Susan’s mother also took her, starting when she only 5 years old, into Black townships to show apartheid in action. “It is hard to imagine what it takes to be a...

Patrick Meier: A Digital Humanitarian Devolving Power, Money and Voice to the Global South

“The goal of the social good sector must be to end need, not just meet need. This means, for example, that international organizations … must have a transition plan that is centered around devolving power, money and voice to local organizations.” – Patrick Meier When...

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),...

Rev. Liz Tichenor: A Young Priest Maps the Topography of Grief

On Good Friday, 2018, the Reverend Liz Tichenor, at 33 years old, stood tall and poised beside a barren altar, a blood-red stole draped over her neck and shoulders. With a solemn tone, she imagined aloud how Jesus’s mother, Mary, might have beheld her son crucified upon the cross. As...

James O'Dea & Nipun Mehta: Conscious Activism and Active Consciousness

Please join us for a special dialogue between James O'Dea and Nipun Mehta -- both of whom have dedicated their lives to service as conscious activists as well as active agents for the awakening of consciousness. James will open with an invocation that will mirror the arc of their...

Dakshayani Athalye and Mandar Karanjkar: A Jugalbandhi (Duet) with Life

Both Mandar Karanjkar and Dakshayani Athalye were brought up on a steady diet of Indian classical music. Mandar was just six when he began accompanying his mother to harmonium classes and soon showed an interest in Hindustani vocals. In his late teens, he taught himself to play flute. Back in...

Oscar Perez Marcos: Developing Conscious Leaders: The Social MBA

"Raising people's consciousness is the way to humanize the world." Several years ago, Óscar Pérez Marcos was not satisfied with the successes and failures he had harvested throughout his life. Born in Santander, Spain, Oscar had begun working at the age of 16...

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...

Parvathy Baul: To be a Praner Manush (A person of the Heart)

The Divine Madmen The Bauls -- a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal -- set in motion a movement so subtle, and yet powerful that territorial boundaries have ceased to matter : geographical (India - Bangladesh), sectarian (Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims) or definitional (religious,...

Neil Gaught: Single Organizing Idea: Creating and Operationalizing Purposeful Businesses

“There is hope and change is entirely possible. But the systems and rules we will need to live by to ensure that all stakeholders (human and otherwise), live long and prosper now and into the future cannot be the same ones we abide by today.”  As far back as he can...

Padma and Narsanna Koppula : Life and Farming: The permaculture way

Narsanna Koppula is a pioneer Indian permaculture designer, an energetic and enthusiastic teacher, passionate nature-lover, and a staunch feminist. Padma Koppula is the other hand of this pioneering permaculture couple, whose quiet, behind-the-scenes organizational skills, calm demeanor,...

Phyllis Cole-Dai: Writing Across the Divide

"This is not a thing I have sought, But it has come across my path and I have seized it. " -- Annie Dilliard Annie Dilliard's words point to the place where Phyllis Cole-Dai's most significant projects begin -- in that electric intersection where serendipity,...

Don Berwick: Health Care as a Loving Relationship

For the past 30 years, Donald Berwick has been one of the nation's leading authorities and innovators of quality and improvement in the U.S. healthcare system. A pediatrician by training, a professor at both Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health, and a top...

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...

DVR Seshadri : Business, Ethics and Life

DVR Seshadri is one of the most respected Professors of business, with a teaching career of 20 years across premier b-schools of India including ISB and various IIMs. His areas of interest among others include: B2B Marketing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship.  While...

Peniel Joseph: The Sword and The Shield: The Struggle for Black Freedom in America

When Dr. Peniel Joseph was growing up in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s, a child of a Haitian immigrant single mother, he learned about how the civil rights movement had transformed America, ended legalized segregation, secured black voting rights and moved the nation closer to Dr....

Matthew Fox: Mysticism, Intuition, and the Divine Feminine

Last November, Matthew Fox had a riveting (and too brief) Awakin Calls conversation, hosted by Rahul Brown and Aryae Coopersmith, on the topic of "Fidelity vs Faith: Bowing to the Heart Over Authority." Matthew is a spiritual theologian and scholar of mystic...

Ruth Pittard: Service Learning and Learning Service: Love as an Operating System

“Love like life depends on it, be curious and expect miracles.” Ruth Pittard has practiced learning and transforming in love for most of her 74 years. A forward-thinking educator, she spent over 30 years supporting service-learning initiatives in her community and her...

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...

Laura Emiko Soltis: Liberatory Education for the Undocumented

“We believe that radical, democratic change in education occurs through grassroots mobilization of teachers and students and the empowerment of those most directly impacted by injustice. … [C]onsciousness development is key to our liberatory education model.” – Freedom...

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