028: Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins—This Anthro Life


Listen now to Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins talk about “This Anthro Life”!

What a treat you’ll have listening to my conversation with Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins, two anthropologists who are making anthropology relevant to organizations and business leaders well beyond the academic classroom. Check out their popular podcast, This Anthro Life, for thought-provoking ideas and perspectives. Here, they show you how to make anthropology part of your toolkit to help you and your organization “see, feel and think” in new ways. Take a listen!

Adam Gadwell.pngAdam Gamwell is a design anthropologist whose research and consulting work focuses on science and technology, environmental design, agricultural biodiversity conservation and Peruvian quinoa. A PhD Candidate at Brandeis University, Adam is currently Co-Host, Creative Director and Executive Producer for This Anthro Life Podcast, a public education initiative seeking to engage wider audiences through stories and insights from the social sciences. In addition, Adam is a freelance ethnographic and design consultant.

Ryan Collins This anthropology life.pngRyan Collins is an archaeological anthropologist with concentrated experience in ethnographic survey and public education. Specializing in the crystallization of early political and ritual economies in Mesoamerica with an emphasis in the Northern Lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, Ryan’s research is focused on understanding the social changes brought about by the development of complex societies. He is currently Co-Host, Education Designer, Editor and Producer of This Anthro Life Podcast.

In this episode, Adam Gamwell, Ryan Collins and I discuss:

  • Design anthropology in big business
  • Making US society more open to the tools of anthropology
  • Conversations as a social technology
  • Communication divides within cultures and societies
  • Stories as the essence of human existence
  • Appropriate storytelling defined by space
  • Fast-paced technology changes in agriculture
  • What humans keep the same and what they change
  • Creative responses to change
  • Anthropology relevant to today’s technologies

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