It was a Friday night and I received an invitation to celebrate a friend’s birthday at a local brewery. I had previously made this friend after filming on location with him for a few months. He was generally a kind person with an easy disposition, and we laughed a lot through tough moments on set. When I arrived at the brewery I noticed he had had quite a bit to drink, and as the night waned, friends dwindled and he was left inebriated and alone. Concerned, I offered to walk him home to a fellow friend’s house. While… [read more]
#MeToo: Should we shame or transform?
Is social shaming productive? Or does it drive an issue underground, allowing it to grow and later emerge even stronger? This was the heart of our conversation today as Elena and I discussed the #MeToo movement, a social chain reaction resulting from the New York Times article last October, detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein. Khaled, one of our spiritual guides who regularly participates on the board, joined us to explore this topic further. “And what is your emotional response to these stories?” Khaled asked of this pervading shadow in our ‘collective conscious.’ I started by… [read more]