Talks

EPIC Talks is a webinar series created by our community, for our community. Talks cover topics that are highly relevant to us as practitioners, introducing methods, technologies, ideas, and best practices that make our work better and foster meaningful professional connections. Formats can range from lectures or seminars to panels, discussions, and debates. EPIC Talks are proposed and created by EPIC members, bringing together a global community on the leading edge of ethnography in business. Participation is free and open to EPIC Members—join now!

Using Video to Think Ethnographically: Core Approaches to Research, Production, Deliverables, and Mindset

An EPIC Talk with CHARLEY SCULL & NICK AGAFONOFF April 17, 1–2:30 pm Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required Ethnographers have long used video for research and storytelling in their practices. Today a powerful array of evolving visual technologies offers unprecedented possibilities for access, representation, collaboration and dissemination, but the options…

Collaboration by Design: Engaging Deeply for Better Business Outcomes

An EPIC Talk with NATALIE HANSON, Principal/Partner, ZS 2 May 2019, 1:00 pm Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required A critical part of our work in the social sciences and design is to conduct activities and create artifacts that bring together the varying perspectives on the team; the shared goal is…

Exploring Ethnofutures

An EPIC Talk with MIRIAM LUECK AVERY (Mozilla), JAN ENGLISH-LUECK (San Jose State University), TESSA FINLEV (Institute for the Future),  LYNN JEFFERY (Institute for the Future), & FERNANDO GALDINO 4 April 2019, 1:00 pm Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required The anthropological imagination can be exponentially expanded by anticipating the consequences…

Mixed Methods

An EPIC Talk with SAM LADNER 14 March 2019, 9–10:30 am Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required What are mixed methods, really? Sometimes the term refers to a set of rich and powerful research traditions; sometimes it’s just a catch-all in an over-stuffed job description. Most of us know that mixing…

Getting the Most out of EPIC2018

An EPIC Talk with MARTHA COTTON, ROGERIO DE PAULA, ABBAS JAFFER, and MEG KINNEY September 20, 2018, 10:00am–11:30pm PST Overview Aloha! In anticipation of the most epic-ly big EPIC ever, Martha Cotton (EPIC Board Secretary and Group Design Research Director at Fjord) plus three EPIC veterans come together to prepare conference attendees for getting the…

How to Build Ethics into AI

How to Build Ethics into AI

An EPIC Talk with KATHY BAXTER, Architect – AI Ethics, Salesforce 8 November 2018, 11–12:30 Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required Artificial Intelligence represents a considerable opportunity for businesses and society to drive productivity, innovation, and growth. It has potential for tremendous good—when implemented in a way that promotes transparency and…

An Introduction to Cyborg Anthropology

An EPIC Talk with DANYA GLABAU, Implosion Labs Overview Combine grounded research on human-technology interactions with an openness to speculation and imagination. This webinar introduces cyborg theory and cyborg anthropology. The figure of the cyborg is, in the words of Donna Haraway, a “condensed image of imagination and material reality,” and in a cyborg world,…

Critical Futures in Ethnography and Design: More than Human

EPIC Talk with Laura Forlano

An EPIC Talk with LAURA FORLANO, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology 26 October 2018, 11:00am–12:30pm Pacific Time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required Overview Since at least the mid-1980s, design has been dominated by a human-centered and user-centered paradigm. Currently, the implications of technological and environmental transformations are challenging designers to focus…

How We Hire Researchers

an EPIC TALK with ELIZABETH CHURCHILL (Google), MARTHA COTTON (Fjord), APRIL JEFFRIES (Ipsos) & JOHN W. SHERRY (Intel) February 28, 2018, 11:00am–12:30pm Pacific time Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required Overview Getting a foot in the door for a coveted researcher job can be a mysterious process at best. What qualities are employers…

Creating a Strategic Role for Research in Your Organization: The NCredible Framework

An EPIC Talk with MEENA KOTHANDARAMAN & ZARLA LUDIN, twig+fish Human-centered research practices embedded in business contexts have matured to a problematic inflection point. Called upon as a means of finding answers to human complexities, qualitative research is often measured against misappropriated metrics of success. Time, money, efficiency, and return on investment have been artificially applied to demonstrate value to…

Freelance Researchers—Making It and Sustaining It

an EPIC TALK with ANTHONY ALVAREZ & SHELLEY SATHER December 7, 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm PST Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required, max 100 participants THIS EVENT IS OVER. Check out more EPIC Talks. Overview Are you building a freelance research or consulting career—or dreaming about it? Join seasoned and successful freelancers Anthony and Shelley…

Common Mistakes of Catalytic Leaders

An EPIC Talk with TRACEY LOVEJOY November 9, 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm PST Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required, max 100 participants Overview Are you a catalyst? Someone with a deep drive to change the world for the better? Someone who sees possibilities and opportunities to improve things and an unstoppable determination to move those…

The Art, Science, and Hustle of Sharing Ethnographic Deliverables

An EPIC Talk with JAN CHIPCHASE, Studio D Radiodurans NEW DATE: November 2, 2017, 4:00–5:00pm PST Free online event, pre-registration & EPIC Membership required, max 100 participants REGISTRATION IS FULL. To request another offering of this talk, contact us. MORE EPIC TALKS Overview At Studio D, Jan Chipchase takes a holistic view of how to…