The Art, Science, and Hustle of Sharing Ethnographic Deliverables

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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

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At Studio D, Jan Chipchase takes a holistic view of how to engage clients and their organizations in projects and deliverables. To understand the impact research can have requires an appreciation of how content ebbs and flows in an organisation, how ideas are passed from person to person and adopted, and how institutions internalize information, politics, and an acute sense of—wait for it—timing. In this presentation Jan will introduce the fundamentals of sharing for impact, working principles, and where ethnographic methods have a competitive advantage. There will be plenty of time for questions. If you have any issues that you want Jan to cover, drop them here.


Jan is the founder of Studio D Radiodurans, the field equipment brand SDR Traveller, and Field Institute, with offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. The studio is the answer to the question, "What is the minimal infrastructure required to take on interesting projects and deliver world class results?” Jan has had the good fortune of working with some very talented people over his career, and being asked by employers and clients to explore questions at the edge of their domains. He's applied corporate ethnography across organisational units—working alongside company founders and strategists, lawyers, data scientists, teams in brand, design and product. Most of his projects are for Fortune 500 corporations, startups, and nonprofits.

This year Jan published The Field Study Handbook to help people bring humanity to their organisation’s thinking and doing (reviewed here by EPIC Member Tom Hoy) and The Field Study Template Kit, a practical toolkit and comprehensive how-to guide to navigate international climes, hire and manage field teams and deliver consistently good projects. He also runs Field / Retreats, expeditions to the Pamirs and Afghanistan, and workshops in North America, Europe and Asia+Australia.