Affordances, Constraints and Information Flows as 'Leverage Points' in Design for Sustainable Behaviour

34 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2012  

Dan Lockton

Royal College of Art

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Lockton, Dan, Affordances, Constraints and Information Flows as 'Leverage Points' in Design for Sustainable Behaviour (April 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2120901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2120901

Dan Lockton (Contact Author)

Royal College of Art ( email )

Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2EU
United Kingdom

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