Today we had our first Smart Sustainable After Works, arranged by Josefin Wangel and Elina. We had 12 participant, from two different universities and several schools at KTH, so it was a heterogenous gathering. The focus of this first AW is the Resource Man and at least half the group had read following paper in before hand:
Strengers, Y. (2014). Smart energy in everyday life: are you designing for resource man? interactions 21(4): 24-31.
After a short presentation of ourselves and a short presentation of the paper the discussions started. We were discussing the role of social practice theory, if the resource man is the focus of our design today, and what happens within utility companies regarding demand shifting initiatives and smart metering.
Some argued that the paper were a bit ”lame” even though it have bold statements. However, many liked one of the last paragraphs where Strengers discuss the possibility to reimagining everyday life, instead of trying to make it just more energy efficient. After this the discussion meandered into what is normal and if what is normal is good. The focus of the consumer also narrows the solution space, since we can achieve more on a system scale rather than having different individuals acting to optimize and automate.
I really enjoyed this after work and look forward to the next one!
MID4S (through Elina) and CESC and FMS (through Josefin Wangel) are inviting you all to participate in the first Smart Sustainable After Work seminar. We hope this will be a recurring series of critical discussions on smart technology over a cold beverage!
Welcome to Smart Sustainable After Work!
The idea of a Smart Sustainable After Work originated from the wish to bring together people working on smart sustainable solutions, to share experiences and perspectives, and to create a forum for a critical discourse on smart everything agendas. We understand smart as being a synonym to ICT-enabled, and sustainable as the intended contribution of such solutions.
The theme of this first Smart Sustainable After Work is “Resource Man”; what is the archetype that smart energy solutions are designed for? What can we say about ideators’, designers’ and developers’ underlying assumptions by looking at the products being designed? Could it be otherwise, and what would that archetype be?
As a preparation participants could read the following paper: Strengers, Y. (2014). Smart energy in everyday life: are you designing for resource man? interactions 21(4): 24-31.
Elina Eriksson & Josefin Wangel
Drinks and snacks: At the seminar there will be beverages (with and without alcohol) and snacks available. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by CESC. Alcoholic beverages will be at your own expense so please bring cash.
When: Monday December 15th 17.30-19
Where: CESC – Centre for Sustainable Communications, Lindstedtsvägen 5, 4th floor. For wheelchair users this location is a bit difficult to get to, but there is a way in without stairs. If you need directions, please let us know.
Sign up: Please let us know that you are coming through signing up here: http://goo.gl/forms/VA6TS19S1b
Contact: Elina Eriksson (email@example.com) and Josefin Wangel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Smart Sustainable After Work is organized by CESC – Centre for Sustainable Communication, MID4S – Media Technology and Interaction Design for Sustainability and fms – the Division of Environmental Strategies Research, all at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.