What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Thinking in terms of a business and design context, what is a researcher? There is no one path, no one exact job description, no one single approach or professional charter to follow. Among the many variables that can shape this are the individual’s background and training, personal philosophy and worldview, and years of experience. For … Continue reading What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

This post began as a response to a question left by an anonymous reader of my blog on a previous post in which I reflected on the origins of my interest in anthropology and my training and career as an anthropologist. I thought it was a really good question, and wanted to be able to … Continue reading Working in the private sector: matters of contradiction, self-interest, practicality and personal values

Lessons learned: the challenges of moderating non-English-speaking focus groups

image by eyewrisz Last Thursday I had the opportunity to moderate my first ever Spanish-language focus group as part of a current project on community revitalization in three Memphis neighborhoods. For this project, my partner and I are conducting two to three informal focus groups (we are calling them "discussion circles" so as to make … Continue reading Lessons learned: the challenges of moderating non-English-speaking focus groups