I like interdisciplinary projects, especially those at the intersection of science, art, and technology and tending toward social change. I care deeply about empathy, making things, learning, being outside, and leaving the world better than I found it.
This is an idea of the topography of my life recently and currently:
I’m happily immersed in research projects right now, working on cancer immunotherapy at the Weizmann Institute in Israel for the month of July, and, from afar, delving into resilience and sustainability.
This past year, I was exploring how some people naturally control HIV. I think the (unintentional) thread that connects these somewhat disparate inquiries is that they all look to what already exists, in the body or in nature, to inspire solutions to challenges we face now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how communities can support youth and how youth can support our communities, and I’m really committed to creating safe and rich spaces for youth to explore these ideas. We Are Family Foundation brought together a group of youth from around the world in 2012 to work on just that at a global scale, and I’m honoured to be among them.
In December of 2011 I went to Antarctica with Students on Ice. That’s the trip in a nutshell, but it doesn’t quite capture how deeply it impacted me - so I’m writing about it. My trip writing has trailed off, but only because I’m still not sure how to capture it, how to express it. I’ll keep trying; I’m striving for some sort of cross between the kind of stories exchanged around campfires and a deep map.
Here’s a collection of my writing. I’ve given a couple talks on my thoughts on the environment, this one about the most powerful moments of my trip, and this one about what the ice taught me about oceans and interconnectedness. (Sound quality’s not so great on the latter, I know… I think I’ll post a transcript sometime.) I’m borrowing Alex's disclaimer, for both this blog and those talks, that “my thoughts and opinions change from time to time… I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind.”
I keep a commonplace book of sorts over here, dog-ear bits of the Internet over here, and occasionally share notes from books I’ve read over here. Twitter home is here, and you can send me emails here.