When the student body of an elite private school in Silicon Valley was given the chance to vote on who would give their graduation address, their first pick was Nipun Mehta. An unexpected choice for these teenagers, who belong to what Time magazine called the "Me Me Me Generation." Mehta's journey is the antithesis of self-serving. More than a decade ago, he walked away from a lucrative career in high-tech, to explore the connection between inner change and external impact. ServiceSpace, the non-profit he founded has now drawn over 450,000 members across the globe. In this electrifying address that garnered a standing ovation, Nipun calls out the paradoxical crisis of disconnection in our hyper-connected world -- and offers up three powerful keys that hold the antidote.

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  • Hyginus Lobo

    The sagacity of this individual, his intellectual capability, and most of all his humility which touches a chord in every heart. His innate ability to reach out to people across the spectrum is what makes him so special.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thank you! I had read the text, so grateful to SEE him and HEAR him in action. I am so GRATEFUL for Nipun's service. I've been a fan of service space for a few years & always learn something helpful. He INSPIRES. Tells the Truth, but with a gentleness that speaks to the heart. karma kitchen, <3 Gifting is the Way. I do it with my work and life has never been better. Sold my house and most possessions in 2005 to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project, now going global and it's ALL Gifting. but in the end, I've received far more than I've ever given. True Story, our capacity to love is a currency that never runs out! Thank you, Nipun, for encouraging ALL to reach out, to give & receive. Hugs from my heart to yours!

  • Eugen Dabbous

    This is good for use Tango dancers here in Beirut! What makes us good dancers? see Mehta as if 15:10 (http://yangningyuan.blogspot.com/2009/08/seldom-we-see-people-quit-tango-because_05.html)

  • Virginia

    Nipun you are awsome.You have inspired me so oftenly and i,m always eager to shair with my team members what i read from you.After listening to this,we will be in a position to serve better.thanks.

  • Dr.Seshadri Harhar

    What inspired you about this video?I was moved to tears at the end of Nipun's soul stirring talk. I don't really know why, but one of the reasons probably is the fact that I have missed so any opportunities to GIVE & Serve that came my way!

  • Thierry

    This speech was intended to young graduates but I really felt addressed personnally as many people, I think, will when they listen to it. We all more or less experience that state of disconnection and need to be reminded of the antidote. It's an hopeful sign that those young people have chosen such a person as Nipun Mehta as their inspirer.

  • Pappu

    Very inspiring speech. Serving, receiving , giving and dancing (let go). Thank you Nipun

  • cecilia

    The word To Dance! which to me is Grace,it is a blessing to hear it from such a young man. and as I believe to dance through life opens our hearts,and souls to the wonderful choice which we have of giving and receiving. This beautiful planet will rest in peace and our future children will become the we! we! we!Teachers. Bless you Nipun, you are priceless.

  • Brian

    Thanks guys! Great speech...Generosity will save the planet...balance is also key...just like on an airplane, one must put their own oxygen mask on first, and then can help another...plantin' seeds of hope in another is priceless, and sends miraculous blessings in a person's life and others...keep on plantin'...PEACE

  • Penelope

    Indeed, someone like Nipun does inspire young people as well as old on how to resurrect one's true destiny...having the capacity to give, receive and dance with a personal mission of being real human beings on this beautiful planet called EARTH!

  • Conrad

    Nipun insired me and he inspires me all the time. I'm so pleased to be his friend at a distance. Hugs, smiles,. With great gratitude. Conrad

  • Carlos

    If you do not get your heart tearing on this you do not have a heart. :)

  • minnie

    Thank you so much for sharing... the dance of giving and receiving...

  • Marc

    I've heard people speak who are great at it and have nothing worth hearing to say. Then I've heard people who struggle to give a speech in front of an audience, but do it anyway and deliver the best messages of all. I like the second kind better =)

  • Erin

    You are a true hero. I am so glad you made the "career" choices that you have made. The world is a better place because of you. You have made all of us both students and teachers and we won't stop serving, giving, receiving, or dancing! Thank you Nipun!

  • Lani

    Reality with inspiration.. riveting and heartfelt!

  • Vicky

    Great job Nipun!! So much truth...

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  • Read "Paths Are Made By Walking", Mehta's 2012 graduation speech at the University of Pennsylvania, with stories from a remarkable dollar-a-day walking pilgrimage he and his wife undertook in India. 
  • Find out more about ServiceSpace, the nonprofit founded by Nipun Mehta, that works at the intersection of gift-economy, technology, and volunteerism. (Disclosure: KarmaTube is a project of ServiceSpace.)
  • Make an authentic connection today - make eye contact, offer a genuine smile, have a meaningful conversation, listen deeply, give a hug...

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