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Lauren Selman

Monday Jan 01 2007

My daughter’s self-introduction below speaks pretty much for itself and who she is. We can all learn from our children. Perhaps our willingness to learn is the basis for working together to create a better world, what I call Eldering. In my relationship with Lauren, I not only learn, but am constantly inspired and a little bit in awe of her commitment to making a difference, her humanity and her love for people. I am proud to present my daughter here at Serene Ambition….


"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and found that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy."


These words of Rabindranath Tagore epitomize the direction of my life.

Ever since I was child, I have always immersed myself in the most diverse and delicious tastes of what life has to offer. As I grew up, social pressure insisted I specify my direction. From medicine to politics, the arts and space travel, my life has twisted along many paths and I have come out  on the world's great stage as a global citizen. Some young people believe growing up means abandoning their ideals. But I have learned that it means learning how to live our ideals, every day, on the Earth.

My current project involves REEL GREENING!, a concept that emerged from my senior thesis research project at Berkeley and that focuses on bringing environmental consciousness to the events and entertainment industry. As a simultaneous degree honors graduate (with a BS in Conservation Resource Studies and a BA in Theater Performance Studies), I have merged my passion for the environment and entertainment to form Reel Green Media.

My interest in the environment was sparked while I was studying the effects of petroleum development in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, where I witnessed both environmental and humanitarian injustices. Back in California, I made a commitment to make my academic work be a stepping-stone for the future—instead of collecting dust on a shelf—and so I began a two-year study entitled titled "Lights, Camera, Eco-Action!" that investigated the environmental impact of the film industry.

I recently attended the EMA Awards in Los Angeles and during the summer I spoke at the Association of Film Commissioners International Conference on "Going Green." I was also recently published in Traction Magazine, a magazine for and by women in the "industry". I am currently consulting with Julia Butterfly Hill's team on the greening of the film LUNA, directed by Deepa Metha, supervising the outstanding youth production team at The Green Screen, writing a handbook for the widely attended Hollywood Goes Green conference and consulting on a variety of independent projects. My philosophy is that with creativity and innovation, we can ‘green’ the movies together.

With every waking day, I hope to continue to live a life of service and social transformation and be the change that I want to see. If the passion, creativity and commitment of people can be liberated for the common good, we can change the world. As youth today, we stand in a powerful place, at a threshold of opportunity: the choices we make can transform the future and do something about the suffering that is taking place in the world. But I believe we can only do this if we combine our passion, creativity and commitment with the wisdom of the generations before us.


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