Startup Service is an initiative for turning your service intention into action. It brings together people from diverse backgrounds and facilitates the process of starting a new project, adding momentum to an existing project, or collaborating with like-hearted participants on emerging projects.
At its core, we aim to ask how entrepreneurs lead their social change work with love and inner transformation? Deep within, we know that compassion is the innate quality of our being. Yet, as we start projects or run organizations, and engage with traditional systems (e.g. financial, economic, political, social, educational systems) rooted in fear or greed, we can start to question how "practical" it is to lead with these values. At Startup Service, we want to hold these difficult questions together. We want to think creatively about different forms of capital; we want to deepen our understanding of incentives beyond money, power, fame and impact; we want to design with a longer time horizon. We don't have the answers, but after having hosted numerous retreats around these topics, we know that if like-hearted people come together, a new field of collective intelligence awaits us and the world.
At this retreat, we are particularly inspired to host various entrepreneurs, wisdom-keepers, and some visiting international friends like Nipun Mehta (founder of ServiceSpace, which has recently been working creatively around AI + Heart Intelligence).
We invite you join this 1-day retreat in Auroville, whether you are a project initiator or want to engage with someone's labor-of-love venture, whether you are a seasoned industry veteran or a budding entrepreneur. Together, perhaps we can chart a new path that leads with heart intelligence!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Startup Service is an ecology that supports an entrepreneur's journey of inner transformation through outer expression of labour-of-love ventures. One of the themes for this gathering is Designing For Generosity. We will bring together people from diverse backgrounds and a common intention around what such designs might look like, and what might be the practical nuances of conscious engagement with money and other forms of capital. Having hosted numerous retreats focussed on Inner Transformation, we have repeatedly experienced the magic that unfolds when a group of people take a step together into the "unknown" and collectively hold space for sacred emergence.
Simply put, we are a group of ordinary individuals, who come alive in doing small acts of kindness. Volunteers behind this particular retreat have hosted thousands of circles
and hundreds of Moved by Love
retreats; moreover, they have supported many ServiceSpace projects
from Karuna News to Karma Kitchen.
- Inspiring participants. Lots of great hearts are coming together!
- Uncommon questions. For quick-fix, binary, either-or answers, we already have Google; we aim to hold questions to lean into its nuances first.
- Noble Friendships. Our hope is to nurture a rich matrix of friendships among unlikely friends.
- Volunteer Run. It's run entirely by volunteers, so there's no solicitation, pitches, agendas. Just practice of love.
At Auroville. :) Auroville
is a living laboratory for spiritual and material researches. It is a unique town based in South India where 3,200 residents coming from 63+ nations are living together to manifest
a living embodiment of an actual human unity.
All Moved By Love
retreats are offered as a no-strings-attached gift, made possible by gratitude offerings
from past alumni. At the end of all retreats, everyone has an opportunity to keep the chain alive and pay it forward with money, time or other
expressions of wealth -- for future guests.
The retreat formally begins on 10:00AM on Dec 8th (Friday), 2023 and ends at Friday, Dec 8th @ 5PM.
If you're outstation and wish to arrive earlier or stay back, you can find a range of guesthouses within Auroville.
Through our time together, we will sit in circles to learn from each other’s experiments and challenges; hear and engage with some innovative speakers across sectors; engage in many group practices that nurture our collective inner transformation. Plenty of opportunities to engage the head, hands and of course the heart. Plus a few surprises!
Over last twelve years, thousands have joined from a wide-ranging backgrounds. Perhaps what brought them together was a simple organizing principle: We are not merely what we do, but who we become by what we do. If you resonate with the notion that inner change and outer change are intrixicably intertwined, and if you are moved to cultivate deep connections with kindred spirits, this retreat will likely speak to you! Beyond that, we'd recommend leaning in your heart's intuition -- more often than not, 'heart knows today what the mind will know tomorrow.' :)
To facilitate deeper connections, we limit the group size of our gatherings -- and give priority to project initiators who are anchoring local projects in their contexts.
If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. To co-create our sacred field of emergence, we welcome you join us!
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