Footnotes (4)



POSIWID and Determinism in Design for Behaviour Change

Dan Lockton

Royal College of Art

April 2, 2012

When designing to influence behaviour for social or environmental benefit, does designers' intent matter? Or are the effects on behaviour more important, regardless of the intent involved? This brief paper explores -- in the context of design for behaviour change -- some treatments of design, intentionality, purpose and responsibility from a variety of fields, including Stafford Beer's "The purpose of a system is what it does" and Maurice Broady's perspective on determinism. The paper attempts to extract useful implications for designers working on behaviour-related problems, in terms of analytical or reflective questions to ask during the design process.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: design, behaviour, behavior, behaviour change, behavior change, POSIWID, systems, cybernetics

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: April 2, 2012 ; Last revised: April 3, 2012

Suggested Citation

Lockton, Dan, POSIWID and Determinism in Design for Behaviour Change (April 2, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2033231

Contact Information

Dan Lockton (Contact Author)
Royal College of Art ( email )
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2EU
United Kingdom
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,025
Downloads: 210
Download Rank: 114,512
Footnotes:  4