We have a Slack! Join us at Ethnography Hangout to discuss applied ethnography

Last week, we announced the rebirth of Ethnography Matters with a retrospective of the last five years of posts. Part of the rebirth involves meeting the community where it is at. And one of those places is Slack. So the Ethnography Matters, Anthrodesign, and EPIC teams have created a Slack channel for conversations about ​ethnographic methods. At Ethnography Hangout, we are an interdisciplinary group wearing many hats from design to tech and research, so you don’t need to have any formal background in ethnography to participate.

To us, creating a single Slack channel made a lot of sense to have our overlapping communities join into one place for conversations that extend beyond our own organizations and mailing lists.

We envision the Ethnography Hangout Slack to be a place for anyone to discuss applied ethnography. Those interested in discussion specifically grounded in the discipline of  Anthropology can also check out American Anthropology Association (AAA)’s Slack.

Founded in 2002, Anthrodesign’s mailing list established a new space for people working at the intersection of applied anthropology and design. Since 2005, EPIC has been promoting ethnography in organizations though the field’s premier annual conference, and more recently through an online community and professional resources at epicpeople.org . Launched in 2012, the Ethnography Matters blog has created publicly accessible content from people working in industry to academia at the cross section of technology and people. Despite having been formed at different times for different reasons, all three organizations  are committed to a people-centric to organizations, products, and services, thereby expanding the field of applied ethnography.

To join the discussion on Slack , please fill out this form where we ask for some information about you and your work. Read our Slack guidelines. We look forward to seeing you on Slack!

For any question about joining Ethnography Hangout Slack, please contact the administrators.

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4 Responses to “We have a Slack! Join us at Ethnography Hangout to discuss applied ethnography”

  1. Alejandra Rivera
    August 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm #


    I am Alejandra, a current student of a Master degree in Digital Marketing. I don’t have any experience in ethnography, I mean, I know almost nothing about this subject, and I just don’t understand why we don’t have classes about this field (so important to understand us as humans and as a society, or just to think and make questions).

    I’ve always been curious about human behavior, why we act as we do, what triggers some society’s personalities… I am a person that needs to understand the “why” of things.

    Now, with the internet and all the explosion of social networks, it has been created a sub-world that almost every person in this world use, but almost no one really understand, or care, or wonder. But I do.

    Now I have to start my thesis and I would like to join the group to see if I can get into my first steps on a digital ethnography.

    I am very happy to find you guys!


  2. Shelly Habecker
    October 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Glad to know about this community. Happy to be joining!

  3. Anna Krogh Søndergaard
    December 12, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    I work as a business anthropologist for the company Seismonaut. I would very much appreciate to be a member of your slack channel:)

  4. January 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    I am Frank Romagosa, an anthropologist who has been working in research, design and strategy since the late 1990s.

    I have in the past several years taken up UX research in particular. After several years of freelance consulting, I have returned to the world of FT work with Workday, a terrific firm!

    Speaking with a colleague about scoring and baseline evaluations, she suggested I explore this in the Ethnography Slack channel. Which I should have joined ages ago!

    Thank you, and all the best,
    Frank Romagosa

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