CREATIVITY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE. ALL CHANGE IS CREATIVE.
In everything I do, I aim for a deep transformation in how we view ourselves as Americans and relate to one another as co-habitants of a diverse, multi-ethnic society.
CONTENT STRATEGY PROGRAMS
communicating from the inside out
WRITING & RESEARCH FOR DOCUMENTARIES
specializing in history + everyday people in their communities
connecting you to your own rich creative resources
Communicating from the Inside Out: Vision and Values Shining
through Your Digital Presence
The Baha’is of the United States, a national non-profit organization, wanted to reach a wider public through their digital presence. Before content strategy, they had:
- a wealth of experience in print and video
- websites that fluctuated between too confusing and too lean
- a formal writing style that kept their site visitors at arm’s length
- no clear path for site visitors to continue their engagement off-line
I designed a content strategy program to transform their approach, which allowed all staff to participate in collective visioning and planning. The program included:
- processes anchored in strategic objectives
- creativity incubators
- content strategy training and storytelling seminars
- planning guides and content templates
- photo curation
- web writing
The new site will launch mid-May 2018.
WRITING and RESEARCH for DOCUMENTARIES
I’ve written, produced and edited more than thirty short documentaries and hundreds of web videos for nonprofits, NGOs and small businesses.
My proudest accomplishment has been as segment writer and researcher for An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition, slated to air on WGBH-Boston in April 2018.
Over the last decade, I’ve witnessed hundreds of adults and older teens use the creative process for personal growth and deeper interconnectedness.
It has been an honor to facilitate these sacred experiences, which include writing, art making and inward listening.
I am available to facilitate customized workshops for organizations, community centers, places of worship, women’s groups and private homes.
Heal the Healers Retreat in Fall 2017 – Chicagoland organizers take a breath with gentle art and writing
If a day goes by and I haven’t mentioned Prince… well, not too many of those days go by. He showed us the electricity of creativity and cultivated a community that spans the globe.
MY INNER LENS
Now based in Chicagoland, I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota during the 1980s and attended public schools as they were desegregating.
Those of us who trace our Minnesota roots back a few generations – both black and white – were leaving our cultural enclaves. Meanwhile, families were arriving from secret wars in southeast Asia. We convened on school buses and playgrounds and forged lifelong friendships in the face of divergent social realities.
My upbringing cultivated in me a love for authenticity, an appreciation for struggle, and an awareness of the inequities running deep through American society.
In many ways, I’m still just a kid on the playground optimistic about what can happen when we come together. The grown-up version of that is a belief that we can convene in ways that enrich and transform the current state of society.
And this is what I aim for in all my work: powerful, transformative convening. From content strategy to storytelling to creativity workshops: how we connect is as important as what we make.
If I can serve your content strategy, filmmaking or creative rejuvenation needs, I’d love to hear from you: