So my reason for coming to Melbourne was to give a keynote presentation to Swinburne University and Design Victoria. I am happy to report that my presentation was a super smash hit. There was a list of 92 people who wanted to fit into the slot of 70 seats. Both the Design Victoria and Swinburne people said they have never had an event with such a diverse audience of Melbourne design schools, the local design industry, and there was even a women from the US Consulate. That freaked me out a bit until she said that she studied anthropology. I may have a future in the state department yet.
I feel indebted to David Womack of Adobe Think Tank for editing my Design Anthropology article such that it was accessible to a lot of people. This was the basis of my talk and the audience really got it; the value and applications of design anthropology. They were able to ask such wonderful questions because David made me explain everything in the most simplest of terms and with tremendous clarity. So as much as I like to trot out my SAT vocab and convoluted theoretical arguments, there is something rewarding about clear and simple communications about something you love. It is especially rewarding when people are able to feel both empowered and inspired, and maybe a little intimidated, by what you have to say. In spite of my two typos, people came up to me and said they found the presentation amazing and hoped that I come and speak again. It was an important reminder that what I am doing is not just cool, but really is meaningful to people. I like that.