The story so far...
The story so far...
I've hung out at the intersection of media, tech, design and digital humanities for much of the past decade. Through it all, I've been guided by a central question: How can we cultivate approaches to technology that embrace its possibilities while being mindful of its consequences? The stories I tell and the work I do are attempts to answer that question.
In 2010, I produced an interactive web documentary that explored the meaning of home in the global technological age, focusing principally on Martin Heidegger's ideas about technology and Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog.
In 2011, I wrote my senior thesis on the theologian Frederic Spiegelberg, who was both a student of Heidegger's and a teacher of Brand's. Spiegelberg's remarkable life provided a template to explore philosophical ideas about being and technology and historical developments like the spread of Eastern spiritual teachings to the West, the rise of cybernetics, and the San Francisco Renaissance.
I was awarded a research fellowship at metaLAB (at) Harvard. I adapted "Geodesic Domes or No Direction Home?" using metaLAB's pioneering interactive media platform, Zeega. Zeega was an HTML5 storytelling platform for journalists, filmmakers, educators and visual artists to mix media in the cloud to create interactive stories.
I joined the team working on Zeega as Head of Community and Head of Content. Over the next three years, we advanced the rise of a new visual language mixing GIFs, photos, and videos.
As Head of Community, I taught students at Harvard, MIT, and Tufts how to use the Zeega platform. I organized events with the MIT Documentary Lab and the Tribeca Film Institute, and an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
As Head of Content, my job was to discover new forms of storytelling with the Zeega platform. I created hundreds of interactive media projects, including Today in Zeega, a mobile first, interactive vertical video news series that anticipated the next generation of social news video. Today in Zeega told the news of the day through the latest trending GIFs, images, and music on the web. The Today in Zeega format was distributed by NowThis News and emulated by news organizations across the web.
In 2015, I helped launch Timeline, an online news/history publication. Timeline's iOS app was featured as one of the 2015 Apps of the Year by Apple and Time. I founded our video team, gaining 70 million video views in our first year. I produced several viral videos and oversaw a team of animators and video producers in the production of short-form storytelling across platforms. I also wrote for the publication.
In 2017, I joined The Long Now Foundation, a non-profit founded by Stewart Brand dedicated to fostering long-term thinking through a variety of projects, including a 10,000 Year Clock, reviving extinct species like the woolly mammoth, preserving the world's endangered languages, a monthly lecture series, and a cafe/bar/salon in San Francisco.