Three Environmental Discourses
in Human-Computer Interaction
Elizabeth Goodman
UC Berkeley School of Information
www.confe...
Energy
                                         A definitional
          Plants +              use
          animals

    ...
Discourse analysis
A discourse: a shared approach to
                                    Sources                          ...
A growing research agenda?
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Three discourses
                    Sustainable          Re-visioning
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1                                                                     5                                                8

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Opportunities
Participatory design
  Approaching “the environment” as an
   unsettled, local question
  Negotiating the et...
To protect the nature that is all around us,
we must think long and hard about the
nature we carry around inside our heads...
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Three Environmental Discourses of HCI

  1. 1. Three Environmental Discourses in Human-Computer Interaction Elizabeth Goodman UC Berkeley School of Information www.confectious.net
  2. 2. Energy A definitional Plants + use animals problem Air • What is “nature”? quality “The environment?” • Which phenomena Artificial concern us? lighting • How does that effect Housing our design decisions? policy City Car ecology culture
  3. 3. Discourse analysis A discourse: a shared approach to Sources Numbers understanding the world, produced Peer-reviewed Journal articles through rhetoric. 52 publications Conference papers NSF grant abstracts 5 Assembling a collection Project Project websites 19 documentation Magazine articles 2 Workshop Calls for proposals 6 Reading for proceedings Position papers 36 Naming and metaphors Assumptions and gaps Citations and debates
  4. 4. A growing research agenda? 50 45 40 35 Numbers of documents 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 workshop proposal conference paper grant proposal journal paper magazine article project website workshop position paper
  5. 5. Three discourses Sustainable Re-visioning Citizen sensing interaction design consumption Members of Peopleas Consumers Civic actors collectives Environment as Footprint Landscape Exposure Action as Free choice Practice Participation Goals as Behavior change Reflection Public action
  6. 6. 1 5 8 6 2 3 9 10 7 4 Sustainable interaction design Re-visioning consumption Citizen sensing Persuasive applications Representing dialogues Maps of sensor data Nathan, L.P. Ecovillages, values, and interactive⑧ ① Miyaki, T. and Rekimoto, J.Sensonomy: Envisioning Chen et al. Live Sustainability: A System for Persuading Users ⑤ folksonomic urban sensing. toward Environmental Sustainability. technology: balancing sustainability with daily life ⑨ in 21st century America Steed,A., et al. e-Science in the Streets: Urban Pollution ② Bang, M., Gustafsson, A. and Katzeff, C. Promoting New Monitoring. Patterns in Household Energy Consumption with Pervasive⑥ Bidwell, N.J. and Browning, D. Making there: methods to uncover egocentric experience in a⑩ Learning Games Paulos, E. , Smith, I., and Honicky , R.J.Participatory Ubanism. dialogic of natural places. ③ Aleahmad, A. et al. Fishing for sustainability: the effects of indirect and direct persuasion. ⑦ Nugent L. et al., How Do You Say Nature?: Opening the Design Space with a Knowledge ④ Dillahunt, T. et al. Motivating Environmentally Sustainable Environment. Behavior Changes with a Virtual Polar Bear.
  7. 7. Opportunities Participatory design Approaching “the environment” as an unsettled, local question Negotiating the ethics of intervention Beyond human-centered computing Understanding infrastructure Grappling with institutions and regulatory regimes Forming new partnerships with new demands
  8. 8. To protect the nature that is all around us, we must think long and hard about the nature we carry around inside our heads. William Cronon Uncommon Ground Thanks
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