3. Waiting in line

Have you ever gotten in line and waited… not sure if you were in the right place? Not sure what is going on up front? Waiting. It’s unremarkable. You don’t give it much thought. Until you have to! We talked to lots of people who have to think about waiting. Here’s what they said.

2. Learning new stuff

No two people learn new stuff the same way. Over the years, those with opportunity have followed a path set by society’s standard bearers. Others learn from those around them, in hands-on experiences and apprenticeships. This podcast takes a meditative stroll across several generations to think about how we learn new stuff. Can we chart our own educational journey and still be judged by peers and employers as professional?

1. Dressing the part

We humans dress to “fit” in. Sometimes fitting in is a choice, other times it’s a matter of safety and security, and yet not fitting can also be deliberate. This podcast digs deep into how we make decisions about how to dress to suit different occasions.

Our story

Welcome to AnthroTalks, about the magic of the ordinary! AnthroTalks gives a second thought to things we didn’t think needed a second thought!

Ever notice that habit becomes a blindfold to the senses? Ever notice how it limits the ways we experience the world? And what a pity that is. We decided to strip off the blindfold and give the ordinary a second look … and a second thought.Some around 2015, we created AnthroTalks to trigger new ways to notice the everyday.

We started talking to people about these ideas. Millions and billions and trillions of people … And we found out that AnthroTalks is bigger than us founders. We talked among ourselves and started picking topics for deep dives.

The idea is for our thoughts to trigger your thoughts. We invite you to add your audio and video recordings to the AnthroTalks portal to keep building new ways to think about those ordinary things that shape our lives and livelihoods.

How does this work? To tell our stories, we’ve been experimenting with the tools we carry with us every day like our smartphones and Google Voice. And why not?! Our lives are on-the-go, shouldn’t podcasting be? Join us, and stay curious!

Quote of the month

… Maybe we have defined the problem incorrectly. Maybe the problem isn’t the duration of the wait but what’s happening to you during the wait. And in a moment of total lateral thinking ingeniousness he said, ‘I’m going to see if I can get the money to buy floor to ceiling mirrors and put them next to all the elevators in the test building.’ He gets the money. He puts floor-to-ceiling mirrors next to all the elevators in the building and observers what happens over the following weeks. The complaints about elevator delays dropped to near zero…

(Ep. 3, Waiting in line)

The team

inga treitler

Inga Treitler

Co-creator of AnthroTalks.

I am a cultural anthropologist working with organizations of different types – large multi-nationals, NGOs, government, and some startups, helping spark innovation and change toward greater inclusivity. In writing this blurb I discovered that spell check highlights “inclusivity” for correction, but not “exclusivity.”

Fun Fact: the frequency of the word “grey” in descriptions of Berlin is… well, it’s high…

#consumption #traveler #writer #ethnographer #mother #refugee #fairness

taapsi ramchandani

Taapsi Ramchandani

Co-creator of AnthroTalks.

As a civic anthropologist, I combine qualitative and quantitative data to inform real-world solutions in the public sector through exploratory and evaluative research. I am also a self-certified nomad adept at street bargains in India, classroom instruction in the U.S., and government research in Trinidad.

Fun fact: I can write backwards, upside down, and upside down backwards.

#gradlife #ethnographer #doer #nomad #cook #design #civic