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Sustaining all week

December 2, 2007

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My diary is full of sustainability this week. Most of Monday is being taken up with meetings to pull together our institution’s Education for Sustainability strategic plan. We have several strands – I’ve been reporting on the curriculum (teaching and learning) here, but there is also much happening in both compost (operations) and community. By […]

Seeding ideas in the power bill?

October 22, 2007

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One of the goals of the DoTT07 Festival is to: re-frame food systems as design opportunities, and to consider what design steps we might take to make it easier for city-dwellers to grow their own fruit and vegetables. I’ve written before about the Rethinking School Lunch initiative.  This American project aims to make food production an […]

Wouldn’t it be great if…

October 22, 2007

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   I think that the two biggest dangers of the sustainability message (worse perhaps than it being ignored entirely) is that it be boring and and it be preachy.  Both of these are guaranteed to defeat the message.   The organisers of the DoTT07 Festivalwere able to showcase several initiatives that were the very opposite of boring […]

Participatory storytelling to recapture countryside

October 21, 2007

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I had two main reasons for my visit to the UK; sustainability education; and to talk about our development of models of participatory interactive storytelling.  Totally unexpectedly (well perhaps not to me!), these two came together when I had a long talk with Beth Davidson from the Mapping the Necklace project at the DoTT07 Festival. […]

Mixing data with community knowledge

October 21, 2007

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Much of computing is structured around the hierarchy of data:information:knowledge.  Adding structure to data makes it information, using this information in context makes it knowledge.  Atthe DoTT07 Festival , the Landscape/Portrait project adds further layers to this – experience, and the combined expression of this. Visitors to the Vital Signs area are asked to leave a […]

Sustainability Movement at DoTT07

October 20, 2007

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A great computer-based interactive at the DoTT07 Festival is in the Movement area. A digital map of the roads of the North East shows little dots moving around the area. Colour coded for the type of vehicle and number of passengers, the map clearly shows areas of considerable congestion. A “road” protrudes from the front […]

DoTT marks the TREE

October 20, 2007

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At the DoTT07 Festival I found some student work that  is quite inspiring .  As part of Dott07, design students were challenged to design a “stuff-0-meter”to help us  understand more about the”hidden rucksack of everyday products”, cradle to grave, and make informed choices.   The award was won by David Foster Smith. His winning entry “TREE”: Total Recyclability […]