Ethnography and fieldwork

ASSESSING INTERNET ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN RURAL PERU

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Concept, fieldwork, video production, analysis.
Pitched idea and won an award from MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center (Carroll Wilson Award, 2009) to fund the project. Completed research, field interviews, analysis, short film, articles.

Process

Spent a summer visiting over 40 villages. Conducted 50+ semi-structured interviews.
In the field, I was chaperoned by project managers from Rural Telecom and a field translator. I recruited volunteers to help with film translations.

Outcome

Produced short documentary (2010). Published key findings.
Debuted film at a workshop at the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and the film was eventually screened for a Peruvian presidential candidate. Published an article in MIT’s In Media Res and a conference paper in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society summarizing key issues. Proposed a follow-up project with 5 pilot villages.

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DOCUMENTING THE STORIES OF MIGRANTS AND DISPLACED PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Documentation of tsunami and conflict survivors (Indonesia) and Burmese migrants (Thailand).
Led by my colleague (disaster relief manager at a human rights agency) in 2006. I documented her interviews.

Process

Visited 6+ partner organizations in Jakarta, East Aceh, and Phang Nga. Wrote summaries of daily interviews and took photos.
Posted as summaries on our organizational blog and used in print material for fundraising.

Outcome

Produced articles and photos for print and web, which helped raise funds for humanitarian assistance.
Posters, newsletters, web content produced. Resulted in increased donations from members.

Screenshots from organizational blog posts:

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INTERVIEWING RESIDENTS IN FORMER EAST BERLIN

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Planned and filmed field interviews. Edited and coded footage. Supervised designer to plan UI for web portal.
Initiative for MIT Hyperstudio. I worked with a team of five researchers under the PM.

Process

Two months of collaborative planning. Ten days of interviews with 20+ people. Footage was coded by me.
Interview data was intended to be accessible as video clips on a planned web interface for a historical archive of the neighborhood. I planned the web UI and supervised a designer to create assets and interaction flows.

Outcome

Video interviews; concept for web UI; mixed media presentations.
The project was paused due to funding limitations after initial design specifications were completed, but I finished short videos and promotional presentations about the project: