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242: Chris Diming—Isn't It Time For A Little Anthropology in Your Business?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 16, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology can help your staff return to the workplace

What an amazing podcast we have today. Listen in as three anthropologists talk about what the nature of work will be in the near future. With the disruptions brought by the pandemic, we must explore what remote work is being done, what cultures are emerging, and what tools and processes will be needed when we return to the workplace. The three great business anthropologists are Chris Diming, Lisa Galarneau and Racine Marcus Brown, who have each been working on the future of work from a number of perspectives. As you may know, I also am a business anthropologist, and one of the things we do is help you envision what the future of your workplace will become. The future is coming fast, so you better start getting ready for it now.

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Topics: Business Anthropology, corporate anthropologist, Corporate Anthropology

238: Simon Roberts—Do You Know Why We Need The Power Of Not Thinking?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear why anthropology should be part of your business plan!

It was an honor to speak with Simon Roberts on our On the Brink with Andi Simon podcast. Simon is a highly regarded business anthropologist with his firm Stripe Partners, serving clients across the globe with effective, innovative ethnographic and anthropological research. I am also a business (or corporate) anthropologist, and as we talked about both of our journeys, we realized how important it is for organizations of all sizes to understand how to step back and see themselves through a fresh lens an anthropological one. Need a fresh insight? Do listen in.

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Topics: Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, anthropology

229: Rita Denny—Maybe You Need Anthropology To See Yourself In New Ways

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology is transforming the world of business!

As a corporate anthropologist, I love bringing to our listeners other great anthropologists who can help them see the application of anthropology in action. Think about your own challenges as you hear about Rita Denny and her journey of discovery. In my work with clients, I often refer to her book, Handbook of Anthropology in Business, co-edited with Patricia Sunderland, in which they discuss dozens of ways that the theory, method and tools of anthropology can be innovatively applied in business settings across the globe. We can all benefit from what Rita has to tell us!

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Topics: Andrea Simon, Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, women in business, anthropology

199: Matt Artz—How An Anthropologist Can Open Your Mind To Brilliant New Ideas

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropologists can transform your business!

How amazing it was to meet and have the opportunity to interview Matt Artz, another business anthropologist like myself. This was a delightful podcast, focusing on the growing importance of anthropology in business and corporate settings. Matt shares with you his own experiences applying the methods and tools of anthropology to help companies better understand customer needs, build better cultures and capture designs to create exceptional user experiences. You will enjoy hearing about his journey, learning what anthropologists do and understanding why they have become so valuable to businesses today. Do listen in!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, anthropology

198: Adam Gamwell—How to Redesign Your Life Using Design Thinking

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 11, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to reinvent your future in the midst of crisis

At the height (or depth) of the COVID-19 crisis, we thought it might be valuable to have an anthropologist share with you his perspective on how we might imagine the changes that are going to follow this major economic disruption, especially since we too are anthropologists. We had Adam Gamwell on our podcast back in September 2017 which you can listen to here, and it was natural to want him back now. As you listen, you'll hear how anthropologists are very good at stepping back and observing the changes and adaptations people are making to the crisis. You will enjoy this podcast, as insightful as it is timely. Listen and learn!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, anthropology, futurism

173: Anthony Willoughby—How to Lead Your Organization With Trust And Courage

Posted by Andrea Simon on Feb 3, 2020 6:14:34 PM

Learn how a nomadic mindset helps you see where you are going!

I was introduced to Anthony Willoughby by Diana Wu David after our podcast interview. She said, “You just must meet Anthony. He will take you on his adventures around the world where people learn to build their trust and their abilities to work together.” So I  did! As you will hear, Anthony grew up in Africa, wandered the world, and  much like an anthropologist, learned how to observe, listen and learn from different cultures, particularly nomadic tribe s. This led him to found the Nomadic School of Business, whose c oncept of a nomadic mindset helps leaders and their teams achieve clarity, purpose and agility. There's so much to apply to your own teams...enjoy.

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Topics: Business Anthropology, anthropology, business culture

153: Amy Santee—How Anthropology Is Revolutionizing Design Strategy

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology is bringing you better design!

This was a wonderful interview with a fellow anthropologist. Amy Santee is a design research and strategy consultant working in product development, innovation and business strategy. Trained as an anthropologist, Amy incorporates a human-centered lens to help teams build products, services and brands through an understanding of people, context and experience. What does that mean for you? Listen to our fascinating conversation and you'll find out. Learn and share!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, women in business, anthropology

104: Oscar Barrera—Creatively Applying Anthropology To Find Innovative Solutions

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Oscar Barrera teaches us to "see reality" as anthropologists do!

Oscar Barerra has a great story to share and a lot of lessons for all of us to learn. As with many of us, Oscar was not really sure what type of career he wanted to pursue. He did know that he had a knack for seeing things with fresh eyes and turning his ideas into insights for business executives. From rural Mexican highlands to urban shopping malls, Oscar has worked in a variety of industries, all the while helping business leaders better adapt to new technologies. Listen in!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, anthropology

064: Ask Andi series—Want Your Company To Not Just Survive But Thrive? Hire Anthropologists.

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 2, 2018 7:59:31 AM

At SAMC, we're thrilled that lots (and lots) of people have downloaded our blogs and podcasts about why so many companies are hiring anthropologists. People want to find out more about how anthropologists can help companies see, feel, and think in new ways so they can evolve and adapt to changing times. So that's what I delve into today, sharing my experiences in corporate anthropology and even offering advice to anthro majors. I invite you to listen, learn and share!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, corporate anthropologist, Corporate Anthropology, anthropology

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