Hi, I'm Erin. Nice to Meet You!
I’m a marketing and communications strategist & manager who focuses on brand building via content marketing and community activation. I love my work, but before I dive into that, let me tell you about how I got here.
I’ve always been passionate about …
research writing & systems change.
Growing up I imagined becoming a journalist, reporting from humanitarian crises and publishing articles that would shape public opinion.
However, when I started college in 2005, web 2.0 was in the early stages of transforming the Internet from a “dark and anonymous place” to an interactive, virtual reality via user-generated content, CMS and social platforms.
Web 2.0 demolished print media, catalyzed “millions of entrepreneurial experiments,” facilitated social movements and empowered individuals and groups to more easily and cost-effectively communicate their message at scale than ever before. Web 2.0 had a profound, lasting, and direct impact on the journalism and media industry.
The effects of web 2.0 on traditional media were so far-reaching that the CU Boulder School of Journalism in which I intended to enroll temporarily closed, so I decided to study political science and the subject matters with which I was concerned instead.
Political science “deals with systems of governance and power, and [analyzes] political activity, structure, thought, and behavior.” My poli sci coursework exposed me to myriad social, environmental and economic problems and mechanisms for solving them, which is what I wanted to write about, anyways.
By the time I got my poli sci degree in 2014, web 2.0 had blurred the line between individuals, brands and organizations and media. This is when I realized I could write for anyone with a mission I supported and is how I found my way to brand storytelling & content marketing, a form of new media, and my segue into all things communications and marketing.
Fast forward to 2021 and it’s now dawned on me that one of the most effective interventions for solving societal problems was the very technology that upended the traditional media landscape. In poli sci we studied taxation, subsidies, incentives, constraints, feedback loops, and policy frameworks, all useful leverage points– but all mostly dealt with the existing paradigm. Throughout my coursework, we never discussed the paradigm-shifting potential of breakthrough technology such as web 2.0, and now, web 3.0.
Web 2.0 brought us social media, mobile apps, cloud storage, and was the genesis of an unprecedented digital age that began to flatten information sharing. But these services are almost entirely owned by just a few incredibly powerful telecom and tech giants that, along with institutional actors, have compromised the free and open internet.
Centralized online service providers like Google, Apple, Amazon Web Services, and Facebook provide us invaluable internet “utilities” for search, storage, connectivity and communication. They act as an intermediary and provide a trust layer so that we can more securely transact and interact with one another. However, this gives them unprecedented access to our data from which they profit tremendously.
Web 3.0 “aims to wrestle ownership away from these monopolies that rule the internet as it exists today.” The decentralizing force of web 3.0 attempts to de-throne this corporate web nobility, shift power from the center to the edges, and drive “open, trustless and permissionless” networks.
Web 3.0 has the paradigm-shifting potential I was seeking in my poli sci classes. Web 3.0 is facilitating peer-to-peer trust and transactions without using costly or opaque intermediaries, attempting to flip organizational structures from community input to community led, and is starting to force governments and legacy institutions to adapt to these changes.
Web 3.0 has implications across all industries, advantages for all members of society and the planet. Web 3.0 could radically change government structure, how we interact with government, reduce or eliminate bureaucracy, and even eliminate our current concept of corporations.
It also has implications for all brands and organizations with a digital presence engaged in marketing and communications. Consider that collecting controversial third party user data is already under fire, and that ad tech in its current form is unlikely to migrate to the emerging trust economy and peer to peer digital world.
I feel deeply engaged when considering complex systems that govern our world, so I spend a lot of free time studying. I believe that preserving native habitat, protecting oceans, practicing indigenous, regenerative approaches to agriculture, and eating food from nearby are some of the most overlooked aspects of reducing the rate and intensity of human caused climate change, an area of study in which I take deep interest. I’m also interested in scaling the circular economy and leveraging blockchain technology to radically decentralize institutions where power has been traditionally concentrated. My curiosity is boundless and I enjoy seeking out primary sources.
In addition, I love to be in the kitchen and outside. In 2013, I took a NOLS course, where I spent 30 life-changing days immersed in the Alaskan wilderness. This intimate experience with living deliberately in nature stirred something deep inside me that continues to guide me. My experience in Alaska then inspired me to start rock climbing. By way of climbing, I’ve explored some of the most inspiring places in North America and pushed past my perceived physical and mental limits.
Above all, I seek to challenge myself and challenge norms, pursue adventure and rigorous thinking, cultivate mindfulness in ordinary activities, and use my marketing and communications skills for the betterment of the planet and society. As I continue on this journey, I fall more humbly and deeply in love with all that nature provides.