Method

Absorb-Observe

The vast and open field, variables galore. The data surrounds, upfront now and then, at most times hiding behind closed doors. We walk in and around it, all eyes and ears. Soft steps, a gentle presence, silent movements. A fine gaze piercing through the scenes, teasing out what we must.

 Prep
  • Push yourself to be receptive to
    (much) more, all at once.
  • Gear up to find comfort in discomfort.
  • Persist. Stay at it a little longer,
    just a little more. You’ll get there.
The vast and open field, variables galore. The data surrounds, upfront now and then, at most times hiding behind closed doors. We walk in and around it, all eyes and ears. Soft steps, a gentle presence, silent movements. A fine gaze piercing through the scenes, teasing out what we must.
When

Anytime, anywhere.
To study behaviours, environments
& phenomena.

Why
  1. Create multisensorial receptiveness to
    various sources and forms of data
  2. Effectively retain field observations
  3. Create a deeper and holistic understanding
    of people and their environments
  4. Make complex connections and hone
    analytical abilties
Having all senses working at par and in rhythm enables one to look beyond and dig for deeper connections. This guide (adjoining pdf) includes a set of activities, designed to focus, sharpen our senses and practice mindfulness. This can assist the researcher when faced with overwhelming diversity and volume of data on the field.

Look Far & Wide

Our visual memories have many blind spots and fantastical details. As researchers, we can train our sense of sight to collect detailed and authentic data. While one has to keep practicing, the activities in this guide are a good place to get started.

Hear Above & Beyond

Mindful listening can go a long way in helping us navigate the field as researchers. Being sensitive to sounds in the research field provides cues for further investigation, conversation and probing. The simple activities in this guide are geared at enhancing our auditory awareness.

Observe All & More

Smells have the power to transport one in time, as they are tied to our long term memories. Being aware of texture of things adds richness to observations. Taste evokes our instinctive desires and aversions. On the whole, an immersive experience employs all senses.
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