EPIC2023 Chicago | Friction
Our keenest insight and most powerful impact come when we cross boundaries, forge partnerships, and challenge conventional wisdom. Those moments both embrace friction and are friction. At EPIC2023 we will grapple with and harness friction for all its complex and productive powers.
The EPIC conference is the premier international gathering on ethnography in business and organizations. Browse video presentations and published proceedings by year below, or search our complete Library.
EPIC2022 Amsterdam | Resilience
Who should flex, resist, or adapt? What should be restored, abandoned, or reinvented?
EPIC2021 San Jose | Anticipation
How do people, practitioners, and organizations document, anticipate, and craft potential futures?
EPIC2020 Melbourne | Scale
How does scale define the scopes, contexts, and impacts of business value and our own work?
EPIC2019 Providence | Agency
What does it mean to have agency in an increasingly automated world?
EPIC2018 Honolulu | Evidence
How is evidence created, used, and abused?
EPIC2017 Montreal | Perspective
What comes of changing scope; shifting positions; subverting norms?
EPIC2016 Minneapolis | Pathmaking
What are the pathways to transformative innovation and value for organizations and communities?
EPIC2015 Brazil | Building Bridges
How do we create value by connecting diverse people, places, and disciplines?
EPIC2014 New York
What are the positive values and relations that can lead to new value?
What are the evolving challenges and opportunities for ethnography in industry, policy, and design?
EPIC2012 Savannah | Renewal
What is the relationship between change, stability, and stasis?
EPIC2011 Boulder | Evolution/Revolution
Explore dynamics and practices of change, from continuous adaptation to sharp discontinuities.
EPIC2010 Tokyo | 道 Dō
道 Dō captures the sense of individual mastery that is achieved only through community.
EPIC2009 Chicago|Taking Care of Business
How can we be affective and relevant in today’s challenging economic climate?
EPIC2008 Copenhagen | Being Seen
How might practices and paradoxes of (in)visibility and advance our work?
EPIC2007 Keystone | Being Heard
What does it mean to have voice, to represent, to be represented, to express, to be heard?
EPIC2006 Portland | Transitions
How do connect macro- and micro-level change, and organizational to cultural and social transformation?
EPIC2005 Redmond | Sociality
What do social theory and methods bring to industry’s focus on individualization?