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Design + Business Anthropologist | Storyteller | Podcaster & Host of This Anthro Life | Musician | Sometimes Zen | Co-founder of Missing Link Studios

by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins

We explore the This Anthro Life Podcast project through three themes: anthropology as a conversation, the contemporary need for generalists, and why we see podcasting as a means to public engagement, but not an end in and of itself.

In all retrospective likelihood, what could have been a brief foray into podcasting has transformed from inspiration into something the seems to be veering onto a movement, which continues to grow with the backing of ever more voices. After five years, it is compelling to us that the podcast This Anthro Life (TAL) is still…

Experimental games, or field experiments, are a common tool deployed by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and economists to measure when, why, and how people make different kinds of choices. This data, in turn, is used to inform public policy and generate development projects. In 2016 Adam ran a series of experimental games with Andean farmers for the NGO Bioversity International to understand what kinds of incentives farmers would need to conserve threatened varieties of quinoa.In this piece we reflect on using experimental economics, or framed field experiments, as a way to understand human behavior and choices. …

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

Thanks to the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) for having Matt Artz and I of This Anthro Life present at the annual meeting in Philadelphia. We presented as part of the New Methods, Interventions And Approaches session.

Our paper title was Consulting Podcasters: Prototyping a Democratic Tool for Multiple Voices, Storytelling and Solution Finding. You can read it below.

The session was recorded for the SfAA Podcasting project. You can listen to it here:


“Podcasting is the process of capturing an audio event, song, speech, or mix of sounds and then posting that digital sound object to a web…

On a warm April morning, agronomist Alipio Canahua and Executive Chef José Maguiña prepare to plant quinoa in the gardens outside the Hotel Libertador in Puno, Peru, which sits on a picturesque island just off the coast of Lake Titicaca. The lush gardens are an experiment in sustainable horticulture-providing herbs, edible flowers, and now, rare varieties of quinoa to the hotel’s kitchen. The duo’s goal: to produce innovative fusion cuisine using endangered varieties of quinoa for international tourists. Their mission is to fight agrobiodiversity loss, one quinoa-inspired dish at a time.

Quinoa is a protein-packed food that looks like a…

By Adam Gamwell and Corinna Howland

This story was originally published at Beacon Reader with my colleague Corinna Howland earlier this year. We are experimenting with storytelling and trying our hand at what we call anthropological journalism, where we bring you news-formatted stories we break ourselves as well as a more in-depth anthropological analyses of the politics and social lives of the people and processes behind the stories. Something typical news outlets don’t offer.

Quinoa for beginners

So you’ve signed up to learn about the world of quinoa. And we’re willing to bet, if you’ve read anything about it in the media, one…

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