July 11, 2019
NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate invited anthropologists to study a novel experiment in rapid teaming and innovation. Here’s how they shed some (moon)light on the organization’s engineering culture.
In 2016, LTG Associates, Inc. brought together a team of anthropologists to respond to a NASA contract opportunity to conduct an ethnography of a rapid, ambiguous, countercultural team assignment. It was believed to be the first time this part of NASA Directorate had worked with anthropologists and ethnography. We and the NASA team landed on a new moon, navigated alien landscapes and cosmic storms, and lived to tell the tale.
Annals of Anthropological Practice
- Reflections on an ethnographic project with elementary educators on the Wind River Reservation: A cautionary tale | STEVEN BIALOSTOK
- Responding to contemporary challenges and opportunities for anthropological engagement: Revised NAPA Guidelines for Ethical Practice | CHAD T. MORRIS, NIEL TASHIMA
- Engagement as scholarship: Food justice in practice | CHRISTY MELLO
- Making anthropology relevant: Collaborative assessment in support of graduate and undergraduate success beyond the university | AUDREY RICKE
- How development happens: Safe and sustainable energy, community development projects, and implementation challenges in Timor‐Leste | SARA NINER, JOTHAM LAY, NARELLE WARREN, MICHAEL O’CONNELL, DANIEL EDGINGTON‐MITCHELL
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- 2. Learning new stuffNo two people learn new stuff the same way. Over the years, those with opportunity have followed a path set by society’s standard bearers. Others learn from those around them, in hands-on experiences and apprenticeships. This podcast takes a meditative stroll across several generations to think about how we learn new stuff. Can we chart […]
- 1. Dressing the partWe humans dress to "fit" in. Sometimes fitting in is a choice, other times it’s a matter of safety and security, and yet not fitting can also be deliberate. This podcast digs deep into how we make decisions about how to dress to suit different occasions.