In 2006, I became an intern for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Kathmanu, Nepal. There I worked in-house, helping UNESCO to craft a communications campaign strategy that would bring their heritage and science education projects to people all over the country.
The UNESCO trained me in project management, contract management, budgeting, and in editing and preparing reports for international publication.
My team delivered a pilot project for the study of tangible and intangible heritage in Upper Mustang, Nepal. This resulted in a co-authored UN evaluation and a framework for future heritage conservation in Nepal.
I continued my work as an ethnographic research fellow and project manager, for the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre, a $30M funded research collaboration including Intel Corp, the Irish Government, and St. James Hospital in Dublin.
Ultimately, this thesis argues that pilgrimage sites (and practices) are 'sculptural' - that is - architectonic, spatial, and bodied, as well as historical and political. Therefore people and buildings or places can occupy the same categories and produce meanings for one another when they interact. Change within the site come from the production of many kinds of meanings during these encounters. These are not always calculated or planned in advanced, but they continuously arise out of the site and thus require continuous management by the site's ritual and governmental stakeholders.
Research and resouce center for the development of women spiritual leaders in new and native traditions.
A project that folds old-world practices and beliefs with social media to create tools and best practice for spiritual leaders today.