Four Incredible women changed the way I look at education and women in the global scope of life and humanity. I have had the most amazing career thus far, but the last two months have truly been epic and surreal. Leslee Udwin, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, and Helen Mirren all took time to grace my lens for the most interesting and thought provoking interviews about education and supporting an initiative that was created by director Leslee Udwin. I was fortunate enough to sit down with all four on separate occasions and talk about the Think Equal initiative and how educating the world will bring peace and substance to communities globally.
Leslee's documentary India's Daughter shed light on what was going on in the world and how education was a key to driving love and humanity globally.
This is the first interview of my series with the Think Equal Initiative exclusive to my blog on the Huffington Post.
When I first met Meryl, I was in Manhattan setting up my cameras in a private apartment. I was very excited to engage in a very brilliant dialogue with one of my heroes. A bucket list moment to say the least. She was beautiful, kind, down to earth and left me knowing that she was not only one of the greatest actresses of all time, but also one of the greatest humans of our times. My love and gratitude will always be with her and I am proud to have been one of the many few who have had a chance to interview this legend one on one.
"Education of the head without education of the heart, is no education at all."
Think Equal constructs and delivers an international curriculum, and acts as a global resource for educating the hearts of the world's children, and not merely their heads. The detailed, extended curriculum is a holistic approach to education, which provides concrete strategies, exercises and tools to secure an education in empathy, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, conflict resolution, respect, equality and diversity. Its objective is to break the cycle of discrimination and violence, and create a new generation of global citizens who can rise to the many challenges facing the 21st century.
Think Equal is the first implementation program of the objectives, which we have been merely talking about since the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1928. It meets 6 of the 13 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our team includes world-renowned experts and visionaries in education, human rights, gender, neuroscience, and psychology, and embraces the latest, visionary philosophies on inclusive and holistic education.
See more about their work here: www.thinkequal.com