writing on writing

As you read the effortless and insightful prose of the luminaries in your discipline, do you ever wonder how they do it? We certainly have, and as part of the Writing Across Boundaries project, we decided to ask them.

Ah, the writing process. An aspect of social science research that you love to love or love to forget. Staring at that blank .doc file, you’re inspired and ready to take this file to the printers at first light. Or, you wonder how you can make your prose (more) engaging, concise, and insightful. Writing Across Boundaries is a fantastic resource dedicated to supporting social science researchers in their quest to produce such texts.

Writing on Writing, thanks for being there.

This entry was cross-posted from torvarken.tumblr.com, an ethnography blog I contribute to. 

Collaborative Design and Healthcare Technologies

How ethnographic methodologies are contributing to the health-care system and mobile technology in rural Zambia.

Project Mwana is a mobile service that delivers HIV lab results in real time to rural clinics. It is also a messaging platform between clinics and community health workers to ensure that results are communicated directly to mothers. Project Mwana is currently serving as a demonstration project for a new approach to collaborative design to enhance the use of real-time data within UNICEF.

Design firm, frog, and UNICEF’s playbook, “Mobile Technologies & Community Case Management: Solving the Last Mile in Health Care Delivery“, demonstrates the power of mobile tech and user-centered design within the social sector.

This entry is cross-posted from torvarken.tumblr.com, an ethnography blog I contribute to.

An Ethnographer’s Winning Hand

The greatest minds in social theory…in card form! Shuffle up Durkheim, Haraway, Foucault, Douglas, and Adorno (among others) during any project, while sitting on the subway, or fieldworking at the grocery store.

Collect ’em, trade ’em, reference ’em. Throw ’em in the poker deck just for kicks. Whatever it may be, print, cut, and carry the greatest minds around with you – an excellent addition to any ethnographer’s toolbox.

This deck of cards was designed by Idea Couture. Check them out here!

This entry was cross-posted from torvarken.tumblr.com, an ethnography blog I contribute to.