Mari Lang interviewed Nipun on Austria's National Radio -- and peppered it with songs ranging from Bob Marley to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Eminem to Nimo to Gandhi's favorite prayer!

Even if you don't understand German, Nipun's parts are in English and songs are in English:

Delighted to get this note from Larry, a past Pod participant:

I was scrolling through this article yesterday: 'Laudate Deum,' to be title of Pope's Apostolic Exhortation on climate - Vatican News to get an update on Pope Francis' "Laudato Si 2.0." In the article, the Pope spoke to university rectors in the Vatican about nature, climate and migration. At the end of the article he told the rectors that: "You must train boys and girls in the three human languages, that of the head, that of the heart, that of the hands." 

His message reminded me of ServiceSpace Pods!  Perhaps it would be good for the Pope to hear about it? Who knows what ripple that could make?! It might even further the shared mission of loving people and the planet.

Lots of ripples continuing in Spain ... here's a few photos from recent events that Joserra shared:

Moved By Love retreat in Altea:

Karma Kitchen crew:

And another retreat on the Camino De Santiago:

Our AI experiments are blossoming day by day. If you haven't been following it, read this intro -- and for more nuances, a more recent interview on AI + Inner Transformation.

A prominent author sincerely asked us a common question: Will ServiceSpace make money from their products?

Here was our response:

The simple answer is -- never. In fact, even if others wanted to make money on our platform, it would be impossible. :) 

Back in 1999, ServiceSpace started in response to the greed narrative of Silicon Valley. Many on the founding team were college kids conditioned to create dot-coms (lot of our peers indeed created household brands); but we were beating to a different drum -- here's an SF Weekly article from 2001 that chronicales this counter-culture approach. We had three principles: be volunteer-run, don't fundraising, think small. It was radically opposite of the "big money, big staff, big change" narrative. Take a look at this 2007 document articulating some of the power behind this: Tao of ServiceSpace (CharityFocus was our previous name) and this TedX talk: Designing for Generosity

Fast forward 25 years, and ServiceSpace is now host to half a million visitors to its sites everyday; every year, we send out 70 million emails; we host hundreds of in-person and virtual events with some of the most prominent folks on the planet. Yet, the ecosystem sniffs out all remnants of a transactional mindset -- no solicitation, no advertising, never even a "buy this" link (even for our beloved author friends). Initially, it seems naive, but after decades of experience, the ServiceSpace journey is creating a new narrative beyond the power of 3M's of market, media and military -- where money gives way to alternate forms of wealth; broadcast gives way to "deepcast" of many-to-many networks; leadership gives way to "laddership". In this second term, Obama invited us to offer policy recommendations to unlock similarly uncommon ripples for America.

That leads to an inevitable question -- so then how do you pay the bills? :) Consider the Buddha's example of needing to feed his thousands of monks daily. He could've asked the King to feed his monks (philanthropy), or asked an entrepreneur to create a transactional framework (business) to cover their needs, but instead, he asked them to go on alms rounds. ServiceSpace experience shows that there were ample good reasons for Buddha to adopt that approach. :)  If you have delivered enough value, there's no stopping the flow of gratitude from the web of those relationships; and if not, all schemes to manipulate the outcomes will invariably lead to immediate or downstream violence. 

The Hindu sacred text, Bhagwad Gita, offers a simple practice: renounce all outcomes. After collectively experimenting with releasing transactions, it's easy to see the wisdom of that approach. You start swimming in the abundance of non-financial wealth, resting in the ripples that span much wider arcs of existence, and smiling at ongoing-wow of an emergence that is powered by a cosmic intelligence.

Tai-Chi is in the air! Below Marty Verhoeven is leading a group at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Sarah Tulivu is an upcoming guest for our Awakin Calls and India retreats.

So grateful to our community in Colombia -- who have hosted 4 Karma Kitchens right before the pandemic, translated various KindSpring 21-day challenge diaries into Spanish and have engaged hundreds of students in that process, and continue to build ripples.

Last week, Nipun visited again for a heart-opening time.  Gratitude to Julio, Adriana and Patricia at Colegiatura -- and Luz Ma, Alvaro, Enrique, Claudia, Ale and so many others who are pioneering new possibilities locally, and for spontaneous moments like this: 


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At the end of Week 2 of our 21-day interfaith compassion challenge, Tim Harrison, Associate Director of CBCT (Cognitively Based Compassion Training) at Emory University joined us as a guest speaker. His insights on compassion coupled with his first profound encounter with Dalai Lama deeply moved many in the call to tears.    

KarmaTube's video of the week: Anne Lamott: 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing.

Today's DailyGood: Willing to Be Dazzled

"I decided to visit my friend Aristotle, who lives in a house on a hill at the west end of the ranch. We sampled various kinds of cookies and sipped decaffeinated green tea, and we vented, kvetched, and rhapsodized, as we are prone to do. Mostly kvetched, if the truth be told. Aristotle just turned ninety, and I seek the wisdom of an elder from him, but he is too modest to admit he has acquired any. Somehow I found myself telling him a little about the sad history of my family of origin, how noisy my ghosts can be, and how even now, they are still angry and disappointed in me. I realize this theme comes up too often--I could imagine Monte getting bored and impatient, having heard it all many times before. But this was a new listener. I indulged myself in the telling. It was almost like sitting with a psychiatrist. Aristotle was sympathetic but a little baffled. "When will you finally believe what a good person you are?" he asked."... Cynthia Carbone shares more in this candid, thoughtful post. [Read more ...]

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