200 More Words – Standing still.

Its been a long time since I wrote here.  The plan at one point was to attempt to write "200 crappy words a day".  It was a great plan, but clearly I got off track. So I am back today, starting this up again. Yep, more of my rambles. So today’s question, when was the … Continue reading 200 More Words – Standing still.

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What can we learn from a pregnant lobster?

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?

Let’s re-scope what we mean by “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”

Sustainable Solutions – Design to Change Behavior

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