“Post-sustainability” workshop at CHI

Posted on December 17, 2012


The CHI sustainability community will be hosting a workshop on ‘Post-Sustainability’ as part of CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris, France (27 April – 2 May 2013). The workshop will be held on a single day prior to the start of the main conference, either on the 27 or 28 April 2013.

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness, spark discussion and evolve a research agenda in HCI about how to move sustainable HCI to the next level – one that goes beyond persuasion, adopts a deeper perspective on sustainability, and supports and prepares for transformations induced by large scale social and environmental change.

Call for Position Papers – Key Dates:

• Submission by: January 11th, 2013

• Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013

• Workshop days: April 27th or April 28th, 2013

Themes to be considered by the workshop include;

Thinking about the Future: Can HCI help people – both those with specific roles such as policymakers, business strategists and community leaders, and the wider public – think about how the future might play out in away which engages and encourages action rather than pessimism. Such work might include visualisation of future scenarios, interactive exploration of alternatives,etc.

Adaptation: Preparing for likely changes: It is known that climate change will, and is already, changing environments in ways which impact communities:increased drought in some areas, flooding in others,future rising of sea levels. Communities not used to facing these challenges will need to, and advance preparation will make it easier: for example, altering crop planting patterns or community ‘flood preparedness’ training and resources. Similarly, the Transition Towns movement argues we should wean ourselves off petroleum. How can HCI help engage people with these issues in advance, rather than waiting till circumstance forces them?

Resilience: Building Cohesive Communities: Stronger local communities are more resilient to change and shocks; people are able to act together collectively in response to challenges, and strongly affected individuals are more likely to find support. Can online social media, mobile devices etc be used in such a way as to build more cohesive local communities? Can they help create support networks that exist beyond the virtual? Or do they naturally result in reduced cohesion?

IT in a Resource Constrained World: If we move to a strongly resource-constrained or post-collapse world,what will the role of IT (if any) be in this? Can we imagine datacentres, cloud, and ubiquitous devices globally, even in a resource-constrained (but not collapsed) world? How can IT be designed for a post collapse world? And what are the consequences of this for UI and HCI design?


We invite the submission of 4-6 page position papers in ACM Extended Abstract format (http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/format) offering perspectives on one or more of the above topics. We also ask all submitting authors to provide a 100-150 word bio about their background and their reasons for wanting to participate in the workshop.  This will be published online.

Please note that attendees at the workshop are expected to attend at least one day of the main CHI conference.

Submissions should be made by email to chris.preist@cs.bris.ac.uk by Jan 11, 2013.

Key Dates:

• Submission by: January 11th, 2013

• Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013

• Workshop days: April 27th or April 28th, 2013


Chris Preist – Dept of Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK.
Samuel Mann – School of Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, NZ.
Lisa Nathan – School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA.
Daniela Busse – Samsung R&D, San Jose, USA.