Social Robotics and the Shamanic Properties of Innovation Thinking

As human-centred innovation strategists, we're well-versed in the employment of anthropological theories and fieldwork methodologies so as to form humanistic models depicting the deeper motivating factors that drive manifest social behaviour. From Lévi-Strauss to Latour, from Mauss to Foucault; we seem to be pretty good at employing the most pertinent evolutions in contemporary sociocultural anthropological …

Delhi Street Theatre, the Affective Polytonality of Space, and UX Optimisation

Space is something that we often take for granted; we often take it to be a simple materialistic assemblage of conveniently designed, functionalistic structures that facilitate the various tasks that we as humans need to undertake. In this blog post, I wish to challenge us to think about space in a more complex manner so …

Can FinTech Make us Less Racist? Cultural Citizenship, Cognitive Reassociations, and the Globalisation of FinTech

Can FinTech Make Us Less Racist?  I recently had a fascinating conversation with a very good friend of mine. I'd just introduced him to an article that I'd found in the MIT Tech Review, wherein the author was describing how a Finnish FinTech start-up named MONI is supplying refugees with access to a blockchain account …

Social Science, Ontological Alterity, and the Post-Truth Moment

How can we understand beliefs?  After quite a long writing hiatus, I’ve finally managed to find the time to resume my writing. I recently came across a fantastic article by Kurt Andersen entitled ‘How America Lost Its Mind’ in The Atlantic, and I thought that I would therefore take this opportunity not only to assign …

Anthropology, Public Policy, and Intimate Partner Violence in Vietnam

When I started to write my dissertation, my initial intention was to explore the relationship between anthropological theory and the world of public policy. The reason for this was very simple. Throughout the entirety of my degree, many of us (whilst being completely mesmerised by the narrative of the world that our discipline produced) were …

Toxic Millennialism and the Globalised Flows of Labour, Capital, and Aspiration

I spend a lot of my time at work thinking about millennials and the kinds of commonalities that unite them across the world. What are their needs? What is it that they look for from consumer goods and services? How and why is it that they come to imagine themselves as ethical projects and brands …