I help people understand each other better through ethnographic research, writing, and cultural translation. I believe in designing communities and systems that enable sustainable creativity and redistribute power. I'm on a lifelong mission to eat every delicious fruit in the world.
I'm currently available for freelance research projects, strategic advising (by day or as part of a larger project), and speaking engagements starting from Sept 2017. If you're interested in working with me, let's talk!
- producing Multi Entry, a collection of essays and media that investigate the experiences of young creative people in China. The project was made possible by 231 Kickstarter backers in August of 2015.
- teaching Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts' Interaction Design MFA program along with Gary Chou since 2014.
- advising Orbital (a supportive space for independent creators), the Data & Society Research Institute (a think/do tank focused on social/cultural/ethical issues around data), and the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (chocolate!).
- co-coordinating Letters for Black Lives, a set of collaboratively written and translated resources for facilitating conversations around social justice created in July 2016.
- funding cool projects as part of Awesome Foundation NYC from 2010 to 2017. Apply if you've got a great idea that could use $1000!
- running Breadpig, a sidekick service for independent creators. Between 2010 and 2014, I handled all aspects of operations and helped to produce $2 million worth of crowdfunding campaigns.
- serving as the Chancellor for the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies, taking on things like project managing the redesign of the Awesome Foundation website and organizing the first Awesome Summits.
- co-founding and running ROFLCon, a biannual internet culture conference/convention that ran from 2008-2012.
My work has led to press coverage and profiles from publications like TIME, the Washington Post, CCTV America, BBC Worldwide, WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Paper Magazine, the Atlantic, and NYT Magazine.