Finally, something we have been all searching for, thinking that no entrepreneurs out there could ever really understand us and our special policy-making needs. It took a McPhee to recognize the hidden McFate in all of us. Without further ado, here it is, in all its glory, the one and only Great Ideas NAPKIN Sketchbook! (image shown may not be to the scale of users’ ambitions):
Thanks to Archie McPhee, we have long overdue recognition of the fact that the cocktail party, and the napkin on the table, is where all great ideas in anthropology first took shape. It’s perfect for the “applied anthropologist,” the human terrain mapper, anyone with a connoisseur’s nose for the fine aroma of military contractor dollars, the blogging wonk, or anyone with a burning desire to become influential.
Indeed, if you have the next great new idea in anthropology, and post it below, I will send you one of these cocktail napkin sketchbooks as a gift!
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“McFate found herself still grasping for purpose until one night in 2002 when she ended a long talk with her husband about their futures by scribbling a sentence on a cocktail napkin: How do I make anthropology relevant to the military”
“Like Dorothy Parker, McFate has a gift for feisty, but mordant, sound-bites. A three-year tour of Germany as an army wife ensued and, and then the couple returned to Washington to work out their next move. ‘How do I make anthropology relevant to the military?’ she scribbled on a napkin”
“She wrote on a cocktail napkin: “How do I make anthropology relevant to the military?”….Who knows? Maybe we can figure out “how to engage Iran to get the outcome we want without going to war.” Not bad for a back-of-the-napkin idea.”