Interview: Social impact, documentaries, VR, and empathy with Harmony Institute


Clint Beharry

Clint Beharry is a creative technologist with a background in art, design, data visualization, and engineering. He works with HI’s interdisciplinary research team to study the influence of media, and translates these findings into new products, services, and research communications to facilitate how stories change the world. This mostly involves sketching systems diagrams, designing interfaces, and coding seedling prototypes.

Beyond HI, Clint collaborates with artists, storytellers, and technologists on a broad range of creative and technical projects. Recently he designed the art and titles for the VR documentary, The Ark, and its companion VR app, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. He earned a 2015 Emmy nomination for Empire – an interactive documentary about the unintended consequences of colonialism. Clint holds an MFA in Interaction Design in from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami.

Cara Shousterman

Cara Shousterman is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow and HI’s Partnerships and Engagement Manager. At HI, Cara is responsible for leveraging external partners and supporting various types stakeholders as they work with Harmony Institute to discover new ways of applying media for social impact. In particular, Her role at HI focuses on the adoption of and new uses for StoryPilot.

Cara holds a PhD in Linguistics from New York University, where she researched a dialect of English spoken in Spanish Harlem. She began her study of language with a BA in Linguistics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her linguistic work has appeared in the journals English Today and the Journal of English Linguistics, as well as in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of media, language and society, and understanding the tridirectional influence of all three. In her free time she is learning aerial dance.


Cameron Spencer

Cameron is a designer and web developer. He is the founder of Lab 43.