A non-anthropologist colleague recently contended that "culture hacking" is "applied anthropology." She referred me to uses of the term that indicate that it derives from those engaged in software development and information technology some of whom have taken the stance that basically sounds like changing a culture is similar to writing a computer program to do something new and different for a client. Although I am proud and eager to say that I engage in "culture change" (or "social change"…See More
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Owner and lead consultant of REAP Change consultants since 2002. REAP Change Consultants provides social science Research, program Evaluation, academic or needs Assessment, strategic Planning and organizational Change services for non-profits, higher education, and selected government agencies. See my website.
I've been practicing applied anthropology since 1977 in government, quasi-governmental agencies, higher education, non-profits and community groups. I'm good in start-up situations. My most exciting job was 2 1/2 years as Senior Planner and Assistant Director of Planning, Research and Development in a newly formed office using strategic planning, research, and evaluation to turn around management of the troubled Chicageo Housing Authority, while also working directly with Authority resident groups. Former Director of Institutional Research in a private non-profit University and a community college. Have only taught 4 University courses in my life (as an adjunct). Helped found Habitat for Humanity -- Los Angeles (now part of Habitat for Humanity -- Greater Los Angeles). 3 anthro degrees -- BA from U of Illinois (Urbana), MPhil and PhD from Columbia U. Former NAPA board member. SfAA Fellow. SCAAN member (formerly President and Treasurer), founding member of MAPA (Minnesota Association for the Practice of Anthropology -- now defunct). What I do for creative fun: music and still photography.
applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, other
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communities, non-profits, organizational change, evaluation, quantitative as well as quantitative research, computer mapping, SPSS, urban, interest in low-income and "underrepresented minority" populations and issues, U.S., Africa, fluent in French and English (also studied German -- some abiltiy, Spanish -- some ability, Wolof -- some ability, Hausa, and Russian -- no practical ability)
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Owner and Lead Consultant of REAP Change Consultants
I'm not quite sure how "chatter" works, but I'm assuming it involves some sort of encoding of messages that will possibly be decoded by one or more interlocutors, hopefully you Stephen! So there, hi, and thanks for virtually befriending me; I attempted to do the same with you.
Hi there -- I've just signed on to this net. Dunno how to use it yet, but saw you're on it. Usually get a chance to see you at SfAA meetings, but missed the one in Tampa this year. Will you be coming to AAA in DC this Fall? I'm retired/unemployed, waiting to hear ref a consultancy I interviewed for last week.... Saludos, Sher Plunkett
Yes, I'll be in Baltimore this Nov. for AEA. I'm scheduled for a couple of things, one of which I need to get moving on. I'll keep an eye out for things here in the Crescent City and elsewhere. Looking forward to having a drink with you in Baltimore and using this new neat ethno-grapevine in the meantime to stay connected.
If I weren't a Life Member of AAA, I wouldn't pay any attention to it any more. I will probably help with the WAPA/NAPA booth at the convention since it's in DC and I won't have to pay to register. But otherwise? Too many pretentious twits and PC Nazis for my taste.... If you're over this way, drop in on a WAPA meeting sometime. First Tuesday of the month, usually....
Thanks for inviting me to be your friend on this, although I'm not exactly sure what this means. I am an anthropologist, although I don't work in academe or for government and my work leaves a trail of appalled anthropologists in my wake--in fact, I'm thinking of founding a Society for Appalled Anthropologists. I help Indigenous people around the world do business internationally in the arts, mainly performance.