Is There an Alternative To a Capitalistic Lifestyle?

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Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace.org-- an incubator of projects that support gift culture. He has received numerous accolades throughout his life, including being appointed by President Obama to a council for social change, being recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion”, and Germany’s OOOM magazine naming him one of the 100 Most Inspiring People of 2020.

In his mid-twenties, Nipun quit a promising career in the tech sector to become a "full time volunteer." He hasn't charged for his labor for the past 15 years, choosing instead to nurture a lifestyle and ecosystem based in generosity and service, as opposed to transaction and exploitation. In the process, his work has reached millions, attracted more than 500 thousand volunteers, and mushroomed into numerous projects like DailyGood, Awakin Circles, and Karma Kitchen.

Tirelessly, he has addressed thousands of gatherings around the world, speaking next to wide-ranging leaders, from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to author Elizabeth Gilbert to civil rights legend John Lewis.

In 2018, he undertook a 1,000 km walking pilgrimage across India with his wife, whose profound lessons also became the subject of his widely-read address at UPenn commencement.

Nipun's self-proclaimed mission statement in life is to "bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart."

Join our upcoming conversation with Nipun as we explore the question of whether an alternative to a capitalistic lifestyle is truly possible.