Hello. So, you have somehow Stumbled, Tumblr’d, Flickr’d or have been Tweeted to my blog. Welcome! My name is Sumayal Shrestha. I was made in Nepal, after which I have been packed and shipped off to different countries where I was installed with skills/expertise in:
- Environmental science & policy- energy efficiency, carbon financing (REDD), environmental communication and outreach;
- Geospatial analysis- cartography, mapping, GIS;
- Art- painting, drawing, installation, poetry; and
- Communication – writing, graphic design, social media and marketing strategy.
Why my Work is Important
After looking at the bullet points, you are wondering if I am just another jack-of-all-trades with a short attention span. In a way- yes to the former, but hear me out. Having a multidisciplinary background and skill set helps me bring attention to perspectives and connections that usually go unnoticed. One of the benefits of being a jack of all trades, I have found, is that you are always an outsider. So, when making policy decisions, creating maps or drafting up a marketing literature, you tend to put yourself in your audience’s shoes and improve your product to fit their needs as much as possible.
That said, I have found my calling in breaking down complex technical and scientific data into information that is:
- Easy and quick consume;
- Interesting enough to tweet or pin (if you have caught on the Pinterest fever); and
- Relevant enough to fetch some kind of funding.
I use Sumayal.com to explore creative tools & trends to bridge environmental science, policy & the community. In addition to my ramblings to environmental news, I post infographics, maps, images, graphs and marketing campaigns that I find interesting or could use improvement. You will soon be able to trace the activity of the right side of my brain in a art blog I started called Paint and Policies.
- If you are seriously thinking of hiring or collaborating with me, I can send you my resume. Please send me an email at sumayalshr (at) gmail (dot)com
- I am working on an artful/”data-visualized” resume so you’ll be able to take a peek at it soon!
So, you are still reading. That means we get excited about similar things! I would love to grab a chai cutting by a Banglore street vendor with you. But, I live in Washington, D.C., and a 24-hour flight to discuss our mutual love for Wired Magazine would be an over-kill. Fortunately, I also have an active life outside the 4-D world, so let’s catch up!