EPIC2019

Getting the Most out of EPIC2019

A pre-EPIC2019 presentation & meet-up hosted by MARTHA COTTON, JULIA HAINES & MEG KINNEY October 15, 11:00am–12:30pm PST Overview This online gathering is designed to help conference attendees get the most out of the EPIC2019 experience. Everyone is welcome—first-time attendees, veterans with wisdom to share, and anyone who wants to start connecting and networking. We…

The EPIC Gallery: A Space for Action and Intervention

by MAKALÉ FABER CULLEN “We don’t fail because we are not intelligent or erudite enough; we fail because we don’t present our stakeholders with engaging material that will improve their ideas. We choose the medium which makes us comfortable, not the one our stakeholders would prefer.” — Sam Ladner, Practical Ethnography (159) Our work as ethnographers, as social scientists, is rich, experiential, relational, multi-dimensional and full-sensory. As often as we can, we immerse ourselves in communities and in landscapes and then—we heighten all our senses, turn down our ego and try to understand the context. Nothing is as important as context. We document and analyze these contexts and the individuals and objects within them, refining them for a new context of service design or product development that is itself a whole new ecosystem of relationships, ethics, finances, goals, timescapes. Businesses and organizations have distinct customs, rituals, and standards for creating "evidence-that-counts." EPIC2019...