Mary

I’m a content strategist, researcher, speaker and trainer interested in how new technologies can be used to facilitate collaborative and engaging storytelling in aid and development.

I’ve been working at the points of intersection between digital media and the nonprofit sector since 2008. My current focus is on  film and web projects using participatory design to create interactive narratives for social transformation.

“Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.”  – Laurie Anderson

I work part-time as Content Strategist at White Fuse, a digital communications and website design agency for nonprofits, leading on content creation, strategy and design.

I’m also studying for a PhD investigating how participatory storytelling media can be used with displaced young people in the Middle East.

I’ve been published by the Guardian, the New Statesman and Al Jazeera English, and I blog regularly on nonprofit communications and digital strategy.

In 2012 I founded Made & Told, selling handcrafted homeware from the Silk Road, working with local artisans and cooperatives in Central Asia and telling their stories through video. Oh, and I write a Tumblr blog, ‘Stancakes’, featuring ethnic minority cupcakes.

I live and work  in North West London with my husband Joel, an international development consultant and creative technologist specialising in mobile technology for education.

Education

  • BA (Hons) History, University of Manchester, (2004 – 2007)
  • MSc Forced Migration, University of Oxford, (2007 – 2008)
  • PhD Candidate , Interactive Documentary, Royal Holloway University of London, (2013 – 2016)