Kristen believes in the power of voice to transform lives, and doesn’t stop thinking about how we can magnify the voices of those not often heard particularly youth, girls and young women.
For over a decade she has been using multimedia methods (including digital storytelling and novel tools) in her empowerment work with communities and organizations worldwide.
She has worked with vulnerable youth around the globe, co-founded and is the Executive Director of Footage Foundation and is the Program Director of Girl-talk-Girl. She consults in the areas of youth programming, participatory qualitative and ethnographic multi-media research, health, education, and mobiles and technology for development – her clients range from international foundations and non-profits, to Fortune 500 companies, to start-up social enterprises.
Kristen trained as a visual artist and educator before receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Kristen has published in leading journals, and is the author of two books including, Youth Identities, Localities, and Visual Material Culture – a rich participatory ethnography of youth lives in New York City and sub-Arctic Canada.
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