Information Evangelism and Environmental Sustainability: Crossing Boundaries<br />Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />InfoCamp Seattle<...
On Twitter? Please do live tweet. Tag with #infocamp! React!<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, ...
What’s coming?<br />DTDT<br />Information evangelism<br />Sustainability<br />How do we link these?<br />What do we do wit...
Information Evangelism<br />Promoting information in all its forms, as well as its use, dissemination, manipulation, commu...
Environmental Sustainability<br />creating ideal relationships with our surrounding environment that do not detract from t...
Well, yes, in that definition, I do mean the natural environment…<br />…but information is an environment….<br />…and does...
Smart design decisions can have tremendous influence and can effect change far faster than the gradual behavior change of ...
Think about how we work with information:<br /><ul><li>We aggregate it in an attempt to create balance for the user
We use it to create changes in conditions, constraints, problems
We build relationships
We birth environments</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
Environmental sustainability focuses on:<br /><ul><li>Redesigning existing systems to lower environmental impact
Promoting low-impact design
Demonstrating relationships between systems
Redefining the balance between humans and nature</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
Think about how we work with information:<br /><ul><li>We aggregate it in an attempt to create balance for the user
We use it to create changes in conditions, constraints, problems
We build relationships
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  • Because it needs balance and equilibrium, we almost need the level of advocacy we see in environmental sustainability today. This is slowly becoming evident through publications like the ACM SIGCHI’s Interactions magazine.
  • Ripple of feedback: the idea that one small change can ripple through other components of a given system
  • Information Evangelism And Environmental Sustainability: Crossing Boundaries

    1. 1. Information Evangelism and Environmental Sustainability: Crossing Boundaries<br />Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />InfoCamp Seattle<br />October 11, 2009<br />
    2. 2. On Twitter? Please do live tweet. Tag with #infocamp! React!<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    3. 3. What’s coming?<br />DTDT<br />Information evangelism<br />Sustainability<br />How do we link these?<br />What do we do with that link?<br />Is it really that symbiotic?<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    4. 4. Information Evangelism<br />Promoting information in all its forms, as well as its use, dissemination, manipulation, communication, etc. etc. etc.<br />[Interesting side note: this can also include when not to use information…]<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    5. 5. Environmental Sustainability<br />creating ideal relationships with our surrounding environment that do not detract from the future’s ability to meet their own needs and instead focuses on creating balance and equilibrium between our actions and our environment.<br />5<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    6. 6. Well, yes, in that definition, I do mean the natural environment…<br />…but information is an environment….<br />…and doesn’t information need balance and equilibrium in much the same way?<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    7. 7. Smart design decisions can have tremendous influence and can effect change far faster than the gradual behavior change of individuals.<br />Schweikardt, E. 2009. SUSTAINABLY OURS: User centered is off center. interactions 16, 3 (May. 2009), 12-15. DOI= http://doi.acm.org.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/10.1145/1516016.1516019 <br />7<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    8. 8. Think about how we work with information:<br /><ul><li>We aggregate it in an attempt to create balance for the user
    9. 9. We use it to create changes in conditions, constraints, problems
    10. 10. We build relationships
    11. 11. We birth environments</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    12. 12. Environmental sustainability focuses on:<br /><ul><li>Redesigning existing systems to lower environmental impact
    13. 13. Promoting low-impact design
    14. 14. Demonstrating relationships between systems
    15. 15. Redefining the balance between humans and nature</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    16. 16. Think about how we work with information:<br /><ul><li>We aggregate it in an attempt to create balance for the user
    17. 17. We use it to create changes in conditions, constraints, problems
    18. 18. We build relationships
    19. 19. We birth environments</li></ul>Environmental sustainability focuses on:<br /><ul><li>Redesigning existing systems to lower environmental impact
    20. 20. Promoting low-impact design
    21. 21. Demonstrating relationships between systems
    22. 22. Redefining the balance between humans and nature</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    23. 23. How do information evangelism and environmental sustainability work together?<br /><ul><li>Both involve process approaches
    24. 24. There is no defined start or end to either item – they aren’t quite cyclical
    25. 25. No “One Ring to rule them all”</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    26. 26. Choo’s information management process framework<br /><ul><li>information needs: seek out information based on need
    27. 27. information acquisition: acquire and evaluate information in the scope of their information needs
    28. 28. information organization and storage: structure info to assist utilization
    29. 29. development of information products and services: pre-distribution “value add”
    30. 30. information distribution
    31. 31. information use: create, apply, and react to knowledge gained as a result of being fed that information</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    32. 32. But this isn’t entirely holistic… each unit is still in isolation.<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    33. 33. Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    34. 34. Information evangelism can:<br /><ul><li>Help establish filters for information to eliminate dead/useless information
    35. 35. Increase the quality of information disseminated
    36. 36. Lower productivity loss due to the first two activities
    37. 37. Allow information to be used as a signal for business agility</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    38. 38. Clearly sustainable from an information standpoint, but how does that feed back to environmental concerns?<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    39. 39. A somewhat meager list:<br /><ul><li>Decreased power consumption from network hardware/software due to lower load requirements
    40. 40. Less waste of human energy (we’re part of the environment too…)
    41. 41. “Ripple” of feedback</li></ul>Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />
    42. 42. Thoughts? Questions? Criticism?<br />Twitter: peterellis | me@petercellis.com | Peter Ellis, MSIM<br />

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