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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) 2009

ALL NAPA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION!  Full program details can be found on our website,http://www.epic2009.com, but here are a few highlights:


We are thrilled to announce that Gillian Tett has agreed to be our closing keynote. As some of you might know, Gillian is an award winning journalist and editor at the Financial Times in London.  She warned about the looming credit crisis over two years ago, her background as a social anthropologist having alerted her to the danger. In March 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She was named British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008.  Gillian has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Equally thrilled that Howard Tullman has agreed to be our opening keynote.  Howard is President and CEO of Flashpoint Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, and Chairman and CEO of Experiencia, Inc.  Mr. Tullman has over 35 years of new business development, entrepreneurial ventures, management and turn-around experience with a particular emphasis on information systems and an extensive operations background in online services, large-scale information assembly and delivery systems, database design as well as in the development, creation and production of all types and formats of multimedia content including CD-ROMs and DVDs.  He is also active in the arts and has served on President Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (1993 – 2001). In his talk, Mr. Tullman will address notions of relevance, impact, and change with perspectives informed from his background as a businessman, entrepreneur and educator.


We will disrupt the flow of the conference with periodic unannounced provocations intended to prompt conversations about the basics of what we do, as individuals, as a community, and in relationship to the wider world of global corporate life. These provocations will take form in a variety of ways, will focus on the questions and concerns of people who are new to the field, and highlight practitioners with less than five years’ experience as corporate-practicing ethnographers.

Artifacts at Institute of Design

ID has generously offered their school for the Artifacts component of our conference. The EPIC community is continually enriched by graduates of the ID program, so we’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with them on the Artifacts session.



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