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Paying It Forward: An Interview with Nipun Mehta

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"For more than 20 years, Nipun Mehta and his parents have been opening his doors to friends and strangers every Wednesday evening, creating a space for people to sit in circle together, meditate, share thoughts, and enjoy a meal. The invitation is to "wake up to wisdom in stillness and community," a simple gesture of service and connection that now takes place in people's living rooms across the globe. All of Nipun's life work comes front this same place of generosity, be it Karma Kitchen, a restaurant chain where the meal you oat is gifted to you from a previous customer; Kindspring, a space to practice small acts of kindness and share inspiration with others; or Laddership Circles, a transformational program for people to dive into gift economy practices and learn to lead from within. Under the umbrella organization, Service Space, all of these projects not only seek to. but are, manifesting the gift economy -- an economy based on generosity and abundance rath…

No Impact Man's Guide to Activism

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"In 2006, I started a project where I lived as environmentally as possible for a year--with my little family, on the ninth floor of an apartment building in the middle of New York City--to attract attention to the world's environmental, economic, and quality of life crises.I had no experience as an activist. Yet suddenly my project caught fire. My book and film, both titled No Impact Man, ended up being translated into 20-plus languages. Some philanthropists appeared and offered me funding to hire consultants to get NoImpactProject.org off the ground. About 20,000 people have now participated in our educational immersion program, No Impact Week. And how have I felt through all this? Like a deer in the headlights." Colin Beavan shares insights from his unique journey here.


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I Vow Not to Burn Out

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Mushim Patricia Ikeda felt she was on a path toward burnout as she sought with others to "engage with systemic change, grow and deepen our spiritual practice, and also care for our families" when there seemed to be no time or space for deep rest. Yet in spite of it she found a path of hope. She asks us, "How can you make your life sustainable--physically, emotionally, financially, intellectually, spiritually? Are you helping create communities rooted in values of sustainability? What are your resources when you feel isolated or powerless?" Don't miss her "Great Vow for Mindful Activists."


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