About Us

Your mission is to help create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. Ours is to support you.

Five Directions consulting offers qualitative research and communications services to meet your planning, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation needs.

We bring many years of experience as writers and cultural anthropologists and are ready to apply this knowledge to your unique situation and needs.

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Maia Duerr

With more than 20 years of experience in social profit organizations, I mix a unique set of ingredients into my professional ‘stew.’ I have academic and field training as a cultural anthropologist, and I can offer perceptive insights into organizational culture and change strategies. I’ve conducted research on companies that use contemplative practices as a vehicle for cultivating meaningful work and sustainable work environments and have published several journal articles on this topic.

I have a love for language and for helping groups and individuals discern their mission and message, and developing strategies to get their word out.

And finally, I have a passion for making the world a better place, and am committed to help others become agents of change in both nonprofit and corporate settings.

Lisa Faithorn

Lisa is a research anthropologist, organizational consultant and educator. She has extensive experience working as a manager, applied researcher, teacher and group facilitator with groups and organizations in the United States and abroad, addressing theories and practices of social and organizational dynamics and change, leadership and management skills, collaborative team building and problem-solving and the development of effective virtual teams.

For the last six eight years Lisa has worked on applied research projects with NASA. Her current project involves participant observation and user studies with NASA Mission Flight Controllers at Johnson Space Center as part of a team developing new automation technologies for extended NASA missions.

In addition to her ongoing consulting practice, Lisa co-founded, directed and taught in the graduate program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, from 1982 through the mid-1990s. She lives in Medanales, New Mexico, and, with her husband Djann, is developing an organic farm and a demonstration and workshop facility for sustainable living practices.


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