I am currently directing my first feature film, Canary in a Coal Mine (working title), a documentary about "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," supported by the Sundance Institute, the Harnisch Foundation, and Chicken & Egg.
I am also co-founding a non-profit, online organizing platform for ME/CFS patients http://MEAction.net to help a population that is largely disabled, homebound, or bedbound to advocate more effectively.
I became a filmmaker after becoming suddenly bedridden three years ago, while I was a graduate student in political economy and statistics at Harvard. I hope to someday finish my Ph.D. I was a freelance journalist in China and Africa and am an old school TED Fellow (2007/2009).
I am passionate about film, storytelling, community organizing, and the internet as a powerful social space for the disabled; the intersections of health and the environment, health and women's rights, and health and human rights, and how the medical system can do better.
I am equally passionate about my tiny homestead and can talk about chickens, ducks, fruits, flowers and vegetables for hours.
My husband, Omar Wasow, is a professor at Princeton (formerly a co-founder of Black Planet) and is at TEDWomen with me. He pushes me around :)
TEDWomen 2015, TED2012, TED2009, TEDGlobal 2007