I am a writer, reporter, video producer, and ethnobotanist.
I have travelled the world reporting at United Nations negotiations and events on the topic of sustainable development over the last decade. I am also an ongoing contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit, focused on the topics of food sustainability and ocean sustainability.
In 2004, I founded Sustainable Solutions, a business consultancy designed to implement global strategic sustainability programs and maintain an active voice in the ongoing planetary dialogue of sustainable development. I focus on opportunities to empower indigenous communities, add value in natural ingredient supply chains, and cultivate carbon awareness. Through these experiences, I have learned how to engage stakeholders, from farmers to consumers, assessing the resources available and understanding incentives.
With a GHG Accountant Certificate from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, I have collaborated with businesses, governmental agencies, elders, scientists, and artists. I have worked with a colorful range of clients such as the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), the International Trade Center (ITC, a joint agency of United Nations and World Trade Organization), IISD Reporting Services, Ethical Coach, Estee Lauder, Aveda, Neill Corporation, and others.
I became a writer and video producer covering United Nations negotiations. As a reporter, I learned how to listen. I learned how to research and absorb historical contexts as well as report on current events in ways that were accessible and meaningful. I learned about the unique challenges in different regions of the world and of the complex nature of politics, and its impact on all things.
I studied the cultural art of hula during the 15 years I lived on Maui, Hawai’i. The way that the dance has preserved traditional knowledge, and continues to recreate this knowledge for sharing through beauty, has inspired me profoundly. Subtly, hula transfers environmental information, indicators of value and world views, as well as information about specific people and places. Through evidence of hope, we find that we are all connected and that anything is possible.