Projects and Services

DIY Kits in use at Capital One

DIY Kits in use at Capital One

Self Exploration Ethnography Kits

We designed and produced a DIY kit that promotes self-exploration of work life. They've been used by 60 workers at Capital One to document and understand their professional life as part of an internal communications and culture project. We used 50 of them in the context of a wider research project at organic food company Abel & Cole, to give us access to areas we couldn't visit. The kits are used by individuals wanting insight and ideas on their day to day working life. They are a unique way to get rapid insight in an inclusive way.

At exhibition workshops, people are invited to look through the photographs and quotations from the DIY kits. We invite them to create an exhibition drawing on the pieces of the research about which they felt most strongly. Workers add their own thoughts and we capture conversations between participants.

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Anthropologist Dr Tim Rice observing at Abel & Cole

Anthropologist Dr Tim Rice observing at Abel & Cole

Follow the thing

When you supply a product or service, over time you start to lose touch with procedures, strategy, and logistics. At the same time, the growth of a company will see a disconnect between geographic locations, departments, and people. When this happens, work, productivity, and culture suffer, having an impact on the bottom line and the people working with you.

We have developed a unique way to help you reconnect with your business, services, products and individuals, and we call it 'Follow the thing.' The thing is your product or service, and we document it's journey from start to finish, interviewing, observing, photographing everyone that touches the thing until it reaches your customers. We help you understand the findings, turning them into a workable strategy that supports your products and services.

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Something About Work

Something about work is a 30-minute audio-visual hosted by Fieldwork founder Curtis James for conferences, small events and companies that want to learn more about what it means to be a human at work right now. It features stories gathered from the Beyond Work and
Fieldwork projects.

Already enjoyed by The RSAusTwoClearleftMiniclick, Wolff OlinsIdeoAll About People and the CIPR.

Watch a video of the talk here.

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Beyond Work

Beyond Work was the inspiration for Fieldwork. Founder Curtis James decided five years ago that he would document the working lives of individuals with his camera and notebook, and he's still doing it now in his spare time. The project is driven by a simple purpose, to unearth the working lives of people whose jobs are often invisible.

Beyond Work tells stories about humans at work, with no judgement or glorification. It's an attempt at unearthing the social, cultural and functional world of work that’s invisible in everyday life.

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