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? We decided it was time to strip off the blindfold and give the ordinary a second look and a second thought.

Sometime in 2015 we got thinking about how framing can limit how we experience the world. We created AnthroTalks to engage the senses and each other in telling those stories. With you we want to trigger new ways to notice the everyday.

We started talking to people about these ideas. Millions and billions and trillions of people, give or take… And that told us that AnthroTalks is bigger than us founders. So we talked among ourselves and we started picking topics for a deep dive. We wanted our thoughts to trigger your thoughts. And we invite your audio and video recordings as a new way to think about those ordinary things that shape our lives and livelihoods.

To tell our stories, we experiment with the tools we carry with us every day in our minds and in our pockets, like our smartphones and Google Voice. And why not? When our lives can be on-the-go, shouldn’t podcasting? Enjoy the shows 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