Tricia Wang
 
 
 
 
 
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I advance how organizations use technology to serve people.

As a global tech ethnographer, I’m obsessed with how technology and humans shape each other. How do the tools we use enable us to do more of what humans do, like socializing, emoting, and collaborating? And how do human perspectives shape the technology we build and how we use it? My life’s work is advancing how organizations use technology to serve people. I do this by splitting my time between the design management consulting practice I co-founded, my global research on social media use, and the current book I’m writing about China.

 

What I'm Up To Right Now

I co-founded a management design consulting firm that helps organizations understand the Networked Consumer. 

I’ve been researching technology use in China since the early 2000s. I’m currently working on a book. 

I’ve recently become an affiliate at Data and Society, a think-tank in NYC that examines the implications of data systems. 

I co-started a slack group for anyone (really anyone!) who uses ethnography in an applied way. Experts or newbies welcome. UX/Interaction design/ethnographers/design researchers come join. 

 

What I'm Speaking About

TedxCambridge

The Cost of Missing Something
What happens when companies over-rely on big data while totally ignoring thick data-- at their peril? 

The Conf

Don’t Trust the Truth
What are the consequences of believing in absolute truth and not making room for multiple perspectives? Back in August, I returned to my favorite conference in the world to give the opening keynote at The Conf. I gave the talk I always to give, but never had the chance to write. 

What I'm Seeing In the field

What I'm Raving About

What I'm Reading

 
 

What I'm Quoting

If you take care of freedom, truth takes care of itself.
— Richard Rorty
You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.
— Tom Rath
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
— Dr. Seuss