|Monday, November 14, 2005|
Kris R. Cohen, from the University of Surrey (UK). Yayyy he's a blogger.
And does some photoblogging too! But that's not what he is talking
of. Design research is what he's talking of and the concept of
the user. And forces that suture a 'who' to a 'what'. Landscapes
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EPIC starts with an introduction
from Rick Robinson of GfK-NOP - his talk is called "Let's Talk -
Introductory remarks for thoery section". He makes us smile when he
says "I've never been in a room full of people who's mothers don't know
what they do!"
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We had a great session today at the Social Solutions Global
Consortium Summit in Seattle, USA. Pat Sachs led us through an engaging
conversation on how we participate in this new world, how do we work
together and take this forward.
We then moved into a
discussion of how we should position this group - while I won't get
into details on our discussions, the key concepts we were playing with
were around presenting ourselves as the bridge, or the rub connecting
customer insight with company innovation. 'Glocal' truly describes us too.
We then discussed our expectations of how we would partner together on a sustainable, ongoing basis in such manner that everyone benefits. Ideas on infrastructure, collateral for the group and plans for multi-country projects, and how we would retain our own individual company identities while being a part of this global group were discussed.
And finally, we mapped our individual skills into sets - some of the broad groupings that emerged from this mapping were - tools/methods/techniques, project management, domain knowledge.
While the day was long and exhausting, I feel happy that I got to put faces and passions to people I had interacted with earlier online - and we did have a lot of fun too, with stories from Spain, South America, Russia and Japan adding so much colour to the day. Alexey from Russia - the self-proclaimed baby of the group made us smile through the day, with his probing questions, naughty eyes, and big big smile (and he claims that Russians aren't supposed to smile!)
What did I come away with ... I think I would benefit from being a part of this group, as it would help bridge my area of expertise - qualitative research skills and customer/stakeholder insights - with the ability to now embed sustainable company innovation. Moreover, belonging to a global consortium has it's own benefits - you have the weight of a Multinational behind you so you can market your services better, you can dip into a diverse resource of expertise and experience, you can think of conducting multi-country studies --- all leading to the feeling that you aren't in it alone, which is a certain isolation you can feel when working as an independent consultant.
And, as expected
:) - I'm excited too about the possibility of adopting social tools
like blogs and wikis and VOIP into our work practices and collaborative
Felipe - Spain. Action research, participatory work, PhD on Action Research - getting children back into the mainstream - Clinical Psychologist and Therapist, Human Resources, Started his own company. Also teaches at the university. PAR - participatory action research.Alexey - Russia - St Petersburg - Cultural Anthro - Social Anthro Masters degree. No big demand in Russia for Anthropology - so working as Sociologist - working on PhD. Estd a company 9 months ago. Northern Consulting - interests in qualitative research of markets, corporate culture
Hugo - born in Italy, moved to South America. Venezuela
and then to Argentina. Degree in Social History from Buenos Aires, Masters in
Economic History. Research in Human History - Nashville. 12 years ago, moved to Barcelona, Spain -
scholarship to do PhD on Social Anthropology.
Studied a city Santa Rosa - immigrants found cities - the idea of a
city - how did they name streets, etc Exploring how people put into practice
ideas.notions. concepts to create organizations. Wife also an anthropologist - CLAY consulting focussing on adoption. Corporate culture - culture debate. We are not social engineers ...in Spain,
anthropologists have this motto. Second
PhD in Management studies - Focussing on another set of immigrants - expat
managers - uses and practices of
'culture' in companies
Tom - Stockholm PhD - project on language and media in Paris, Chicago and Stockholm - then went into PR business and worked as a consultant - back to research. Communications consultant at Stockholm Univ - Press Secy for a Political Party - freelancer and yet like to join forces. Main interest is in intelligence and newsmaking - and using anthropological methods is a natural fit.
Mary - A Romanian, brought up in Israel, living in Japan - graduated Eng Lit. Media journalism for 10 years. She was an editor and journalist and currently an academic working in Japan, teaching at several universities and working in business consulting for both Westerna and Japanese companies and conducting ethnographic market research.
Lisa - San Francisco, USA. Different career chapters - entering a new one now. Background - Cultural Anthropology degree from Univ of Pennsylvania. Fieldwork in Papua, New Guinea in the 1970s. Research on relationships between men and women - feminist anthropology Experienced the power of doing fieldwork - spiritual and psychological impact. First job at UCLA - rather alienating experience - left and went into business - sanding floors, sewing/design company etc. Organisational devt Then joined California Institute for Intercultural Studies. Alternative Grad School in San Francisco - Anthropology Dept chair for12 yrs- trained engaged anthropologists. Environmental movement - deep ecology. Consultant full time in 1998. And then joined NASA experiment - Astrobiology institute - origins of life, future of life, life beyond. Worked to set it up as a collaborative endeavor across organizations. Technologies in place but the practices were not. Furthering work practices of collaborative science. Project in Robotics - Project Manager - doing usability research. Globally distributed teams
Pat - Arizona, USA. Doctorate in economic Anthropology - studied work in a retired community of coal miners. Relationship between technology and work. Post-doc in cognitive and developmental psychology - how adults learn at work - discontinuities between learning at school and learning at work. Activity theory. Distinctions in what constitutes training and delivery and what constitutes learning and development. Launched Social Solutions - one of the early anthropologists in practice. Expert systems lab at a telco - adoption of technology in maintenance centers. Reengineering in organizations affected business in early 2000ís. Where should we be --- sort of work rather than how better to run the railroad. Contextual Innovation. Keenly looking at emerging markets - BRIC --- Brazil, Russia, India, China.
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I had a lovely time in Prague. It is a city with
so much history. We stayed at Wenceslas Square in New Town - lots of history of protests and demonstrations there - and now very very touristy.
Here's a view of the city from the castle.
And there are lots of beggars surprisingly, who lie prone on the floor
on their knees and elbows, with a bowl or cup held between their hands.
Here's a sculpture I found, which actually depicts this.
I'd like to go back to Prague some day. It is
one of those romantic cities. I just hope it doesn't get any more
touristy and commercialised than it is today.
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