Credits: Ross Findon

Maybe it is a sign of the times. We are all worried about the future. That's nothing new, though. As a society, we are constantly creating ways to predict, anticipate, to shape what's to come.

Future-making practices are an intrinsic part of our lives. Every decision we make has stakes in the future. This is especially relevant in business. Researchers, strategists, designers, technologists are experts in future-making, creating new possibilities is part of their jobs.

How can Anthropology help businesses and organisations to create new possible futures? The answer to that question lies in the way anthropology teaches us to see the world.

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

We are living in Corona Times.

A pandemic is an inexorable reality. We find ourselves negotiating the very basic elements of existence daily. When the most ordinary aspects of living are now extraordinary, reflecting on the unraveling of events and its impact on society as a whole is an impossible task. A few might try, but I’m afraid such predictions will soon turn into time capsules only to reveal the current state of anxiety to future generations.

At this moment, we are all figuring things out as we go. I particularly believe the mindful thing to do is to focus on the present and take one…

Credits: Cole Keister

This is the first part of a series on alt-acad careers.

The academic job market is shrinking every year. People don’t have a clue what to do about it.

Anthropology departments are now promoting professional seminars and networking sessions with academics working in the industry.

However, I have a feeling this is all just small print.

Once I had a meeting with a legend in my field and he gave me much generous (and needed) advice on how to approach my academic career. He said to me:

“Practice your ability to choose”.

I think this is the best possible advice to give to someone that…

Louise Pasteur de Faria

Part of our purpose at Halo Ethnographic Bureau is to start a conversation about the craft of research. It takes a lot of training and field experience to make a good researcher. That’s why is so important to share experiences in different professional settings.

I talked to Julia Cardoni, project manager at MUVA Mozambique member of Halo network, about her experience doing research with underprivileged urban young people in Mozambique, human-centered approach, and the importance of developing soft skills to create a safe space to facilitate interviews in challenging contexts of research.

Earlier this month, I organised an event called “Dealing with Loss in the Age of Digital Media” at the University of the Arts London. Together with the amazing team producing Arquivo Documentary and UAL Creative Action, our goal was to start a conversation about collective memory in the face of tragedy in the episode of the fire at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro.

Credits: Constanta Kleo

Method (noun)

  • A particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one;
  • The quality of being well organised and systematic in thought or action.

Empathy is the ability to see the world through a perspective other than your own. It means not only to understand why people act the way they do, but to question our way of thinking, feeling, and doing things.

We can achieve a state of empathy by comprehending the context in which other people live without prejudice or previous judgment. …

Andreas Gursky: Kuwait stock exchange

Empathy has become a widely popular word nowadays. It is easy to know why.

Empathy is a concept related to an elusive and mysterious feeling. The capacity to walk in another’s shoes. To see the world from a different point of view. Most of all, to feel what another person feels. Almost seems like having a superpower: “I’m an Empath, I see It all. I feel it all. I can see inside your head. Nothing escapes my sight” — I’m sure you’ve seen something on those lines before on some self-help account on Instagram.

Empathy has become a valuable skill especially in professional fields that depend on public perception and acceptance such as design, public policy, marketing.

There's more to punctuation than meets the eye. A whole episode of Netflix's Original Series 'Explained' is about how the use of exclamation mark is adapting to digital media.

This happened to me today. I went for a coffee with a friend and colleague who is working on a research about Instagram and its impact on the everyday contemporary experience. Not only she is interested in Instagram as a locus of reflection, but she is an Instagram enthusiast sharing with her followers a carefully curated feed of food, places, and landscapes.

Our order arrived and she promptly arranged a flat lay composition of our plates, cups, silverware, and sunglasses for a shot, which didn’t take long for her to post. We have an inside joke. I always post a…

Louise Pasteur de Faria

Anthropologist (Ph.D. ) Ethnographer of startup companies and Insights expert. Working to bridge the gap between academia, industry, and public policy.

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