Welcome to Altamente's Applied Research Center! Here you will be able to see a preview of ongoing and past research efforts and where they are being publicly discussed or published. This site also serves as an active data collection center, central repository of various projects, and collaboration cloud services for research teams. Access to the research forms and data collected is restricted by a variety of means to insure the privacy of our research participants.
The American Ethnological Society Spring Conference 2017, celebrated at Stanford University, invited anthropologists to submit proposals that addressed "exposure as a ground for making sense of urgent issues in the world today". Reflecting upon her work with public schools, Altamente's lead researcher, used this venue to share with colleagues some of her preliminary insights from her ethnographic fieldwork on teachers. Key in her findings, Gorbea addressed in her conference paper the push back she faced several fronts when "questioning the concept of school failure." What began as a matter of theoretical grounding, unexpectedly became an act of exposing "school failure" as an "unquestionable assumption." Her paper went on to address questions such as why? when? how? what? and join many others exposing inconvenient or invisible truths. "Exposure has long been part of many a knowledge maker’s toolbox, and it is certainly indispensable today for whistleblowers, community activists, and investigative journalists who use exposure for their progressive projects of speaking truth to power." The abstract of the conference paper follows:
In 2016, the Society for Applied Anthropology asked its members to reflect upon the role of the anthropologist in “Intersections,”during its annual meeting celebrated in Vancouver, Canada. The theme highlighted "one of the great strengths of anthropology and related engaged social sciences: the ability for strategic engagement with other domains of knowledge and problem solving." Altamente's lead social researcher, Dr. Laura Gorbea was selected to present her work on Puerto Rico as part of a panel entitled "Business and Economic Development: Negotiating Local, National and International Identities and Politics" along with colleagues presenting case studies from Russia, the US, and Belize.
There is pressing interest in economies around the world to foster entrepreneurship, and technological innovation. Can we build "McSilicon Valleys," can the ingredients and special sauce and sprinkle it around the globe. Though many have tried, few have succeeded. There is a growing realization that entrepreneurship and innovation eco-systems need to be ethnographically studied to explore the unique variables behind each success and each failure. The challenge is breaking into this high speed world as an anthropologist.
Academic paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology 2013 meeting in Denver, CO.