My mom started writing and illustrating books for me when I was two years-old. The books were stories about my life in Aspen, CO, of bees and holding hands, of eating dirt, hustling calves, and howling with dogs.
Since those early years, stories have become my addiction; stories of ancient cities lost on the Turkish/Armenian border, of migratory beekeepers, of empires' legacies and demise.
These stories have led me half-way across the world as a Fulbright scholar and a National Geographic Young Explorer, to find the storytellers at their source, and devise business models that partner with them to launch enterprises reviving historical food, beekeeping, and hospitality practices of the Silk Road.
In 2014, I returned back to my home in Colorado to tell stories about the fossil fuel industry and the activists working to take them down, with communities living in Denver food deserts rallying to build their own grocery store, and with entrepreneurs in remote industrial towns along the Mississippi river who are fighting to build new sustainable economies.
Our lives are made of coils of stories, some dangerous or insignificant, others potent and motivating. Roping them in and harnessing them for connection and meaning is where they have their true power.
Let me help you tell yours.
Shepherds in the Turkish highlands.
Photo by Deniz Duygu.
Friends on the road.
Photo by David Hagerman.
Partnerships and collaborations.
Since starting my career at the Aspen Institute in 2005, I have worked at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Egypt, Balyolu: The Honey Road in Turkey, 350.org and Fossil Free globally, Re:Vision in Colorado, and National Geographic Geotourism.
The spectrum of my work includes marketing and branding, storytelling, project management, production, creative direction, product development, community organizing, campaigning, fundraising, and agriculture.
I thrive on fast-paced intentional projects, and will make a podcast on just about anything.
Here is a collection of some of my work, from Kickstarter campaigns to video promotions. Everything that is a little rough was done from an iPhone. The role I play in my of my work is creative direction, script-writing, strategy, storyboarding, final edits, and direction.
Live in Turkey on the People's Climate March
Photo by Acik Radyo in Turkey.
Kickstarting a Cooperative Grocery Store to Feed a Food Desert