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At the age of 25, Nipun Mehta quit his job to become a “full time volunteer.” He is the founder of ServiceSpace, an all volunteer-run organization using technology to inspire greater volunteerism. What started as an experiment with friends is now a global ecosystem of over 400,000 members who have delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Their projects include DailyGood, KarmaTube, KindSpring and KarmaKitchen — and has garnered Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion award and President Obama’s appointment on a council to address poverty and inequality. Around the globe, Nipun has inspired many with stories of giftivism and his walking pilgrimage in India, while championing values like generosity, social change without money, and humility. Ultimately, his mission statement reads: “My life is an attempt to bring smiles in the world and silence in my heart.”
Jamie Bristow is director of the Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute that works with politicians around the world who practice mindfulness and helps them to make capacities of heart and mind serious considerations of public policy. The Mindfulness Initiative grew out of a mindfulness training program in the UK Parliament, which has seen over 140 politicians take an eight-week training course, and provides the secretariat to the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group.