Game Changer

/ Spring 2016: Game Changer

Everyone is thinking about changing the game. In a basement, a bedroom, a lab, a co-working office space, or a tiny startup, someone, somewhere is just beginning to give shape to an idea they’ve had for a while. It could be a product, a platform, a service, an experience, or a new category of thing-ness that we have not yet envisioned. What it is and what it will do are not important here. What is important is that once fully formed and let out into the world, it will disrupt, delight, surprise, shock, entice, and engage us all in a way that nothing has before.

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Food & Drink: Ripe for a Rethink

It’s hard to imagine wholesale disruption of the food and beverage space, where innovation tends to be incremental. Our resident food anthropologist Dylan Gordon provides three prescriptions for change. Vitamins & Minerals Vitaminwater is so yesterday. With natural, unmanipulated foods being the champions of the day, “fortifying” water with synthetic chemicals is a turn-off. Meanwhile, bottled water brands are confronted…

From a Market Economy to a Human Economy

In today’s increasingly polarized economic and political environment, to question the capitalist narrative is like challenging the Roman Catholic Church at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. These days, no one will burn you at the stake, but you stand a good chance of being labeled by neoliberals as a heretic, an apostate, a communist, an…

How to Win in the Experience Economy

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” These mythic lines from Shakespeare’s As You Like It serve to illustrate a key pillar of The Anthropology of Experience: that identity is created as it is performed. Everyday actions and practices – like taking public transit, attending business meetings, eating meals,…

How the Island of Samsø created a sustainable future

When we talk about game changers, we’re often thinking of a person who somehow rewrote the rules, or changed the way we understood and acted within a specific field. It’s hard to deny that certain people have been absolutely essential for bringing about a particular change – think Ghandi or Steve Jobs. But while a…

Gray Malin: Artist from Above

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My personal style is classic, but always with a pop of color. This carries over into my work aesthetic, as well as interior decorating style. Describe what you consider the
 lifecycle of one of your pieces – from ideation, to purchase, and beyond.
 Some concepts…

The Second Life of Print

The notion of digital publishing obliterating print is as enduring as it is popular. This is in no small part due to the fact that it fits neatly into a nice and linear narrative of evolution. Just as the introduction of the printing press provided literacy to the masses and democratized the dissemination of information,…

Fixing the Food System: An Acquired Taste

The food system is broken. Environmental and economic drivers necessitate that we transform our standards of production and habits of consumption; find new ways to meet the demands of global nourishment. There are solutions –
old, new, and emerging – but cultural barriers stall our acceptance of them. To change the way we eat, we need…