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“When disease strikes in the developing world, like the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, doctors, nurses and epidemiologists from international organizations fly in to help. So do anthropologists.”

Poon, L. (2014, April 14). Why anthropologists join an ebola outbreak team. Retrieved from www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/02/298369305/why-anthropologists-join-an-ebola-outbreak-team

HELP CONTRIBUTE: Noted African anthropologist, Lanfia Toure, and the Africa Writes team have established a mobile health clinic in Guinea. Help fight the ebola outbreak and donate at, africawrites.com/donationsv9p1.html

“Academics, of all people, should know that culture drives practice. The rapid pace of contemporary corporate life clearly and reasonably demands shorter time horizons for any research project.”

Ladner, S. (2013, January 13). Does corporate ethnography suck? a cultural analysis of academic critiques of private-sector ethnography (part 1 of 3). Retrieved from ethnographymatters.net/2012/01/13/does-corporate-ethnography-suck-a-cultural-analysis-of-academic-critiques-of-private-sector-ethnography-part-1-of-2/

“The major ‘contaminators’ corporate ethnographers face isn’t so much a lack of time but a lack of theoretical context and a lack of systematic method.”

Ladner, S. (2013, January 13). Is rapid ethnography possible? A cultural analysis of academic critiques of private-sector ethnography (Part 2 of 3). Retrieved from ethnographymatters.net/2012/01/26/is-rapid-ethnography-possible-a-cultural-analysis-of-academic-critiques-of-private-sector-ethnography-part-2-of-2/

“‘Business’ involves the trade of technologies, products, social and cultural processes, people, money, and ideas (Arjun Appadurai’s notion of ‘scapes’). As a result, anthropologists ignore business at their peril.”

Moeran, B. (2013). Just be active! letter from your editor. Journal of Business Anthropology, 2(2), 116. Retrieved from ej.lib.cbs.dk/index.php/jba/article/view/4154/4581

“Why is imposing our own cultural hangups about specific food sources the basis for a valid argument? Rats aren’t a meat ‘substitute’, they are actually meat.”

Ray, S. (2013, December 10). Re: What happened on easter island — a new (even scarier) scenario. Retrieved from www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/12/09/249728994/what-happened-on-easter-island-a-new-even-scarier-scenario#comment-1157308862

“And here is where I will no doubt irritate some and flat out piss off others – objectivity is a myth.”

Johnston, G. (2013, October 30). Objectifying objectivity. Retrieved from anthrostrategy.com/2013/10/30/objectifying-objectivity/

“The data we collect reflects what is happening now, not just what happened in the past. Anthropology helps us understand the ‘why’ and ‘why now.’ Data anthropology helps bridge the gap between quantified data and context.”

Polsky, A. (n.d.). Executives in the mist: How data anthropology is lifting the fog on data understanding. Retrieved from edw2014.dataversity.net/sessionPop.cfm?confid=79&proposalid=6017

“Adventure encompasses so many experiences and emotions, which are different for everyone. The universal appeal, in my opinion, is the opportunity to embark on the unknown, experience yourself in a whole new way, and open your heart and mind to a fresh perspective on life.”

Stonich, A. (2012, May 02). Oia: Why we need adventure. Retrieved from adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2012/05/02/whats-your-definition-of-adventure/

“Explore communities. Discover their wants and needs. Build businesses to serve them.”

Ashkuff & Co.’s Business Philosophy

“So what is a public intellectual — particularly an anthropological one? One common definition is that public intellectuals tackle societal problems and make their views appreciated in the highly visible media.”

“One of the most promising areas of outreach — and perhaps the launching pad of the future for public intellectuals in anthropology — is blogging.”

“Anthropologists should consider writing more op-ed or articles for newspapers and magazines or writing more substantive pieces in popular magazines.”

Sabloff, J. (2010). Where have you gone, margaret mead? anthropology and public intellectuals. American Anthropologist, 113(3), 408-416. Retrieved from onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2011.01350.x/abstract