I forget who the novelist is, but when asked how he was able to produce so many books her reply was something along the lines of “just write 200 crappy words a day”. She explained that if you could just do that every day, occasionally you would write 1000 beautiful words. Keep going and eventually … Continue reading 200 Word Days
Somebody ought to write a book... More often than not, this is a phrase that pops into my head about a given topic that I have conjured up. Possibly someone already has, more likely nobody bothered because, let's face it, my pondering at the moment just isn't that profound. But in that instant, in my … Continue reading Somebody ought to write a book : The abyss of being green.
So, the big trip is over. Now I get to go through that weird re-entry phase. Want to watch me freak out? Put me in a huge suburban Safeway with 10 billion options and I freeze like a squirrel caught in the headlights. You know the scene. A squirrel freaking out, trying to decide what to do, … Continue reading Time to start writing
I was recently struck by an example of a simple design for behavior change in Steve Hallet’s book, The Efficiency Trap. In discussing the challenges for altruism in the basic tragedy of the commons (TOC) paradigm, Hallet sights a wonderful example of how making altruism public can dramatically impact altruistic behavior in the rest of … Continue reading What can we learn from a pregnant lobster?
Another one from the Ransom "archives", but still relevant to what I am thinking about these days. Since then it seems like many more folks are making the sustainability/design thinking link. Good to see! I think Grant Young's comments fit well with my post a few days about about "Design to Change Behavior" Surprisingly few … Continue reading Design Thinking and Sustainability
This is from one of my old posts, but I figured I would re-post: From Michael S. Hopkins, Editor-in-Chief of MIT Sloan Management Review, interview with Peter Senge- • Sustainability” is a poor word, too often seen as “environmental”; it’s also a “negative vision” • Better definition: “What does it mean to live together well?” … Continue reading Let’s re-scope what we mean by “sustainability”
In my career, I have seen a range of approaches to user centered design. Whether the work was basic cognitive psychology research, applied human factors research or more holistic ethnographic type “design thinking” approaches, the main thrust of the work was to match the design or service to the needs of the consumer or user. … Continue reading Sustainable Solutions – Design to Change Behavior