We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AmAnth17. This post was submitted by Daniel Ginsberg, AAA’s manager of education, research, and professional development, and the organizer of “Designing Strategies for AAA Member Engagement.”
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2017 meeting?
There are plenty of workshops that will help you to make changes in your professional life through learning new research methods, writing grants, getting published, etc., but this is the only one that could lead to changes in the AAA itself. Participants won’t just learn how to do something new; they’ll engage in the work directly, and weigh in on the development of new AAA member services. In the process, they’ll also experience new methods they could use for stakeholder engagement in their own scholarship or professional life.
2. What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
If you’ve ever said, “I’d like to help my research participants make positive change in their community, but as an anthropologist, who am I to propose any changes in what they do?” then this workshop will offer a few techniques for facilitating dialogue at the grassroots level. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “I love the Annual Meeting, but what else do I get for my AAA membership dues?” then this is your chance to help us find new, better answers to that question.
4. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
If you’ve ever felt that AAA membership doesn’t include enough benefits for people like you, this workshop will put your professional needs front and center.
5. What other events at the Annual Meeting tie in to your workshop?
We’ll be using a participatory design methodology to develop new concepts for member services. Other sessions about design anthropology, such as Wednesday afternoon’s workshop “Design Anthropology: Ethnographic Approaches to Innovation” or Thursday morning’s panel “The UX Revolution: Turning Anthropology into Design,” will give more background on different ways these methods can be implemented. For anyone interested in developing new AAA offerings, I’d also encourage you to attend your section’s business meeting. That’s a great way to get involved in making decisions for the Association.
“Designing Strategies for AAA Member Engagement” will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 PM. This workshop is offered free of charge, but registration is required. Learn how to add this workshop to your Annual Meeting registration on the AAA website.