• July EthnoBorrel: Thing Ethnography with Prof. Elisa Giaccardi

    We are happy to announce that Xebia will host the July edition of EthnoBorrel. This edition explores the incubating confluence of ethnography and emerging ‘intelligent’ technologies. We are delighted to have Prof. Elisa Giaccardi present ‘Thing Ethnography’ for a lively and open discussion. Topic: Thing Ethnography - Uncovering the Potential of Lived and Felt Ecosystems Program: 17:30-18:30: Registration and welcome 18:30-19:15: Food & Drinks 19:15-20:00: Prof. Elisa Giaccardi’s talk 20:00-20:45: Discussion 20:45-21:00: Closing Thanks to the Xebia Amsterdam for providing food and drinks. Please notify us of your dietary preferences. We convey our heartfelt thanks to Kenny Baas from Xebia Amsterdam for facilitating this EthnoBorrel. Abstract of the talk: The things of this world are already connected, integral to what we do and how we live, even before being connected to the Internet. They connect and respond to one another, and in their responsiveness, they are also response-able. Thing ethnography is a decentered ethnography developed by the Connected Everyday Lab at TU Delft that allow gaining access to the lived and felt ecosystems in which things are actively imbricated. It helps understand perspectives and responses we as humans would not have access to or would not consider relevant. Thing ethnography is a powerful method for designing with the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Ignoring the way in which digital things can sense, behave and think in ways that previous industrially produced objects could not, in other words, would be like handicapping our ability to fully embrace the creative possibilities of post-industrial design and to painstakingly address its ethical dilemmas. Bio Elisa Giaccardi is Professor and Chair of interaction design at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where she leads the Connected Everyday Lab. From 2018, she also holds a position as Professor in post-industrial design at the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden. After work in metadesign, collaborative and open design processes, her recent research engages with digital things in new ways, with the starting point that contemporary things now hold both perception and possible agency (e.g. AI), and thus ‘participate’ in design and use in ways that previous industrially produced objects could not. She’s founding member and faculty liaison of the mission-driven program AiTech, a campus-wide initiative for the impact of AI on society. More info: https://www.tudelft.nl/io/over-io/personen/giaccardi-e/ We hope to see you there! Cheers, Abhigyan, Erin, Gawain, and Gunjan

  • Applying ethnography in industry: Perspectives from business & the academy

    The March EthnoBorrel will be hosted by the Social and Cultural Anthropology department of Vrije University in Amsterdam. It’s been a year since our last EthnoBorrel at VU, and the PEOPLE project has come a long way! There is much to discuss and lessons to be learned about cross-sector collaborations in ethnography. The theme for March will be Applying ethnography in industry: Perspectives from business & the academy, with a schedule that will include: - Update on the PEOPLE project by Marrije Prins - Two presentations on applied ethnography: Erin Taylor (Canela) on commercial-side dealing with industry / Maud van Merrienboer (VU) on academia-side dealing with industry - Discussions Time: 18:00-19:00 - Registration & borrel / 19:00-21:30 - Presentations & discussion Location: Global Room, Main VU building, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam (You can find the Global Room on Level 1, wing A, room 36) Please be sure to RSVP as numbers are limited. Drinks and snacks will be provided thanks to the PEOPLE project, which is co-funded by the by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme. We hope to see you there! All the best, Erin, Gawain, Gunjan and Abhi About the 'People Project' The ‘PEOPLE project’, a European Erasmus Plus funded research project which brings together higher education from the social sciences with industries from the sustainable living and energy sector to jointly develop and integrate people-centred development approaches as a means to achieve practical-based education as well as new categories of products, services, or business strategies. Want to know more? Check this 3 minute animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNa8CsrpmKY