A random collection of things that inspire, interest and trouble me
from the world of design, politics, art and culture.

Earth Hour

Posted: April 8th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Six in Ten (60%) Canadians Observed Earth Hour according to a Ipsos Reid poll link

This link has  photos showing the lights turning off

Participation in the March 28 Earth Hour, which ran from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., resulted in a 1 percent drop in the Chicago area’s energy use link


Fogg model of behaviour change

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

The Fogg model says that if you get the motivators right, and if the behaviour is made easier for people to do, and if you trigger it – then the behaviour is more likely to occur. Link

Fogg’s model differs from many of the common models of behaviour change which are economic in their outlook, where humans are reduced to maing decisions purely on a cost-benefit scale. This model looks more at human behaviour with “habits, non-self-interested (social, moral, altruistic) behaviour, social norms, and emotions are all being added into the mix”

More BJ Fogg to read in this book Persuasive Technology.


How to measure sustainable

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

John Thakara has had enough with the oversupply of measurements for sustainability and believes that:

emitting messages. however clever or evocative they may be, is not the same as helping real people, in real places, change an aspect of their everyday material reality.

Read the article here

We need new ways of looking at – and acting in – the world – a new aesthetics of sustainability so that, when we look at something like an airport we won’t just perceive shapes, or performance, – but also embodied enegy, or embergy.


The Carbon Disclosure Project

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world.

The data is obtained from responses to CDP’s annual Information Requests, issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organisations and government bodies. Since its formation in 2000, CDP has become the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process, providing primary climate change data to the global market place.


Adaption Wizard

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) was established in 1997 to help co-ordinate scientific research into the impacts of climate change, and to help organisations adapt to those unavoidable impacts. The majority of UKCIP’s funding is from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. UKCIP is based at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University.

They have created an Adaption Wizard to help people/businesses (?) to adapt to climate change.


The Design with Intent Toolkit v.0.9

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The Design with Intent Toolkit aims to help designers faced with ‘design for behaviour change’ briefs. The poster* [PDF] features 12 design patterns which recur across design fields (interaction, products, architecture), and there are also 35 more detailed here on the website. Some of the names will be unfamiliar, but we hope the patterns and examples will be understandable, and inspire your own concepts.