|Tell me more about EPIC|
|The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) has been held yearly since 2005. EPIC is the premier international gathering on the current and future practice of ethnography in the business world. Participants come from academia, small businesses, corporations and governmental and non-governmental organizations.
It has been held in settings as diverse as corporate campuses, mountain ski villages and urban hotel complexes, and was held twice outside the United States. It has gathered a strong international audience.
In 2012 the annual conference will be held from October 14-17 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
Dear Friends of the Barcelona Meeting and ‘EPIC Europe’,we have an opportunity now to craft a new organisation that supports our community and builds on the networking and knowledge sharing begun in Barcelona. So lets talk about our future direction. If you came (or wanted to come) to Barcelona or are someone interested in applied ethnography in business or organizational contexts in Europe, please join the conversation on our future.We believe it is important to have a public discussion on our core mission and scope, particularly as in our own recent internal discussions two somewhat different views emerged.
What should our core mission be?
a. One view holds that our organizational focus should be on new ways of thinking about design and innovation and the changes that we want to initiate. This view recognizes that the idea of ethnography may be what motivates many, but is still interested in widening our future mission beyond a method and beyond ethnography.b. The other viewpoint, which currently is probably the majority, is that ethnographic ways of thinking and knowing are our current common denominator and glue and should be so in the future. This view also wants to explore the wider context of new approaches to design and innovation but with a primary starting point in ethnography.
In addition, what scope would be best to build our organization? Should it be globally oriented from the start? Or should it focus first on Europe and over time become global by aligning with similar groups elsewhere?
We invite your contributions to this conversation about the future of “the group formerly known as EPIC Europe” on our LinkedIn group site until October 20th.
We will summarise your thoughts and convene an online conference to move towards a final conclusion and plan for the future. In addition, since several of us will also be at EPIC 2012 Savannah we may be able to squeeze a short meeting in there.Once we have clarity we can continue to build a web platform and start working on a next meeting in the spring of 2013. But one step at a time – now join the conversation. We are looking forward to your contributions!The Barcelona organizers
- No longer EPIC
- Buzzing interest and high energy at the first local EPIC meeting of ethnographic practitioners in business contexts in Berlin.
- Report: First Berlin post-Barcelona Meetup surprised with high interest by newcomers
- Ethnography in Business Contexts, Berlin Meetup June 8th
- Closing Keynote
- So who is going to be there?
- Call for Participation
- Call for volunteers