Affordances, Constraints and Information Flows as 'Leverage Points' in Design for Sustainable Behaviour
34 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2012
Date Written: April 2012
Two of Donella Meadows' 'leverage points' for intervening in systems (1999) seem particularly pertinent to design for sustainable behaviour, in the sense that designers may have the scope to implement them in (re-)designing everyday products and services. The 'rules of the system' -- interpreted here to refer to affordances and constraints -- and the structure of information flows both offer a range of opportunities for design interventions to influence behaviour change, and in this paper, some of the implications and possibilities are discussed with reference to parallel concepts from within design, HCI and relevant areas of psychology.
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By Dan Lockton