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. The information age has thrown the door open on new ways of becoming an expert. Can we take our training into our own hands: an online class; a new skill; a gig job? 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, an audio extravaganza on the magical mundaneness of everyday life. Designed by practicing anthropologists, this show celebrates diversity of thought, culture and practices.

Sometime in 2015 we got thinking about putting frames around our ways of experiencing the world. How many senses can we engage to tell stories about the every day? We talked to the communication gurus at the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association, and with a tremor of enthusiasm and generosity NAPA offered to support the building of this web site and the cost of some slightly more upscale tools.

We’ve talked to a trillion people, give or take. This extravaganza is bigger than us founders. Every month we bring you conversations and videos that speak to the dramatic and not-so-dramatic forces that shape our lives and livelihoods. We want to crowdsource new topics with you. Whose voices do you want to hear? What nuggets of every day life do you want to explore?

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

I’m going to use some academic stuff here but there’s an author, I forget the first name, but the last name is Dudley and they have a book called, The End of the Line. It’s about American factory workers and one of the things they talk about is the split between what some of these workers see as the culture of the mind versus the culture of the hand. And they see this split where it’s like, there’s the thinkers that think things and they’re kind of snobby, and there’s the people that do, and they learn by doing.

(Ep. 2, Learning new stuff)

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