Advancing the Value of Ethnography

Nangi Village: A Story of Collective Agency in the Mountains of Nepal


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2019 EPIC Proceedings, ISSN 1559-8918,

PechaKucha Presentation

What can a remote Himalayan community teach us about innovation? Emelia’s Silicon-Valley-first-world frame of reference is the dominant lens of her work. It’s the place where we buy into technology’s promise to help solve the world’s problems. But it’s also ground zero for a dystopian future where humans are automated out of relevance. In this PechaKucha Emelia will explore the ways Nangi Village, with the help and leadership of one member in particular, is using technology and innovation to increase its collective power for its own goals of educating its young, connecting to the world, and driving its own economic development. This talk will also be a personal meditation on Nangi’s impact on her own perspectives regarding human agency, problem solving, and innovation.

Emelia Rallapalli Emelia is a brand strategist, researcher, and founder of Pebble Strategy. She consults for some of the world’s most influential brands.
Twitter: @ERallapalli
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