October 2018 - Present (London, UK) Conscious Coliving is an experience and spatial design collective that envisions a future living paradigm where people are consciously connected to self, others and nature. We consult with shared living ventures to transform their communities so that they foster environmental sustainability, personal well-being and authentic connection. Conscious Coliving supports coliving ventures throughout various development stages to ensure the thriving of their communities.
October 2017 - October 2018 (London, UK) The Collective are co-living pioneers unlocking the world’s greatest cities for the creative and ambitious. As part of the Community Facilitator Fellowship, a group of six Fellows were invited to The Collective Old Oak in order to help The Collective deepen a culture of personal exploration within the Old Oak community, and build acumen for new ways of living together. Our goal is to design and curate safe spaces and experiences with Old Oak members that encourage vulnerability, expression, creativity, authenticity and nonjudgmental interactions
November 2016 - July 2017 (Paris, France) PUREHOUSE LAB is an international research and prototyping Lab whereby members share resources and talents with the goal of developing an in-depth understanding of the co-living phenomenon. The PUREHOUSE LAB promotes community development and facilitates the creation of affordable, sustainable, high-quality community-based shared living spaces. I have been working on sponsor outreach, coordinating members, and research projects. I am currently the Co-coordinator for the Community Research Forum, where we will be organizing participative workshops with our co-founder, Ryan Fix.
August 2015 - January 2016 (Christchurch, New Zealand) Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) is dedicated to inspiring the people of Christchurch to activate the city’s vacant sites with creative, intriguing, and entrepreneurial transitional projects. LiVS provides creative people, entrepreneurs and property owners the tools they need to make temporary use a low-risk and positive reality. They are site brokers that facilitate the liability and insurance processes for community organisations, so that they can easily create a temporary project in a vacant space. I worked on different DIY and temporary urbanism initiatives with our project partners (pop-up gardens, public gathering spaces, TEDx Christchurch, incubator programs) and produced a literature review with the NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
June 2015-July 2015 (Oakland, New Jersey) REED Academy is a nonprofit school that educates children with autism ages 3 through 21 in a scientifically-based methodology called Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA. I helped do benchmarking research for their Next Community project; the goal of the Next Community project is to create a network of social enterprise businesses that will allow the adult program to be self sustaining, all the while remaining with the core missions of REED Academy (especially the ABA method). During my internship I contributed to the beginning phases of REED's urban farming social enterprise initiative (specifically detailing needs for this project and a cost/benefit analysis).
January 2014-April 2014 (Pilcopata, Peru) I was an intern for the Runa Foundation in collaboration with the Amazon Conservation Association at Villa Carmen, a biological research center in Pilcopata, Peru (known as the region (Madre Dios) with the most biodiversity in the world). This research center allows biologists, ecologists, ethnobotanists, etc. to study within their center; the station and reserve supports a wide variety of habitats including old-growth rainforest, lower mountain forest, secondary forests, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and a highly diverse flora and fauna. As a volunteer for the Runa Foundation, I helped with community economic development, permaculture gardening, and several ecology/biology research studies.
September 2014 - May 2016 (Saint Étienne, France) Altervilles master degree program allows students to comprehend the diversity of urban configurations and it trains them to mobilize so-called "weak" resources that are rarely promoted by mainstream urban strategies: an industrial presence, informal economic activities, young people, ethnic minorities, seniors, etc. The program also raises student's awareness regarding particular sets of issues confronting municipalities that are occasionally neglected by globalization (secondary metropolises, industrial towns and cities, metropolitan interstices, etc.) and that require an increasing political and technical imagination
September 2009-May 2013 (Boulder, Colorado) As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. I graduated with a Bachelors in International Affairs with a Geographic Area Concentration of Sub-Saharan Africa studies.