EPIC 2016 Call for Participation

EPIC 2016 Minnesota, 29 August-1 September The premier international gathering on ethnography and design in industry Call for Participation – Papers, Case Studies, PechaKucha and Tutorials The EPIC2016 theme pathmaking emphasizes the power of ethnography in academia and business to create transformative innovation, growth and strategic success for companies, industries and communities. The conference will highlight…

[Book Review] Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector by Sam Ladner

I always eagerly anticipate new contributions to the field of business and design anthropology because it’s an area of practice that is still growing and could use as much thoughtful ideation around its identity, values, and application as it can get. My hope for new books, articles, blogs and other forms of idea-sharing in this…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Bruno Moynié, Ethnographic Filmmaker & Consultant

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (prospective) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

What do dinosaurs have to do with insurance? A lesson in advocating for anthropology in the workplace

Rummaging through some old folders recently, I came across an artifact from my last job that gave me a good laugh. It’s a “business card” that a colleague made for me one afternoon during what was apparently a really boring meeting. I recall having number of conversations with this colleague about what exactly I, an…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Donna Lanclos, Library Ethnographer at UNC Charlotte

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

Starting a job in Corporatelandia? Work it like the anthropologist you are

These days, lots of anthropologists (including recent anthropology grads) are finding work in the private sector, oftentimes as researchers, analysts, or strategists at big corporations. My first job out of grad school was at an insurance and financial services company where I worked as a consumer researcher, business consultant, and project manager. Although I had…