Upcoming workshop: The role of ICT in transforming society through engaged communities

July 20, 2015


I’m very happy that this workshop will be held at ICT4S in September (see more info here) On the basis that sustainability problems are not amenable to single-point interventions (because they are both wicked and numerous), we need a step-change in how we approach ICT4S.  Rather than trying for separate interventions for every aspect, or for […]

Towards mySustainableLens

May 19, 2015


mySustainableLens: A multimedia exploration of how we enable every graduate as a sustainable practitioner. Here’s the guts of a funding application we’ve just submitted, it aims to create an interactive mySustainableLens to communicate Sustainable Lens as a tool for understanding what it means to be a Sustainable Practitioner.  It is a proposal for a multi-media […]

Sustainability and Business for Young Enterprise

February 18, 2015


(I five minutes today to talk with a couple of hundred high school students about to embark on their year-long Young Enterprise programmes.  Here’s the text). I’m here to very briefly talk about sustainability and business.    This badge says Professor Samuel Mann, College of Enterprise and Development, Otago Polytechnic, Enterprise as in Young Enterprise, […]

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#Gaik 2025 (another go at 2025 abstract)

February 11, 2015


Prompted by this request, here’s a second go at an abstract for a 2025 critical computing conference (shorter than this one). Precursors and implications of #Gaiak’s holistic Ecological Computing Manifesto In this paper, we analyse the precursors and implications of #Gaiak’s holistic Ecological Computing Manifesto. This manifesto stemmed from #Gaiak’s reputation as an ecohacker with […]

#Gaik 2025 (first go at 2025 abstract)

January 19, 2015


Prompted by this request, here’s my first go at an abstract for a 2025 critical computing conference.  (the editors rightly say that it is too long and not scientific enough so another one on the way). This paper reviews the work of the celebrated ecohacker artist known only as #Gaiak. Beginning in 2015 with individual […]

2025 fictional abstracts – role of computing in sustainable development

December 11, 2014


This is such an interesting challenge.  Ten years is within research horizons, close enough not to get distracted by hoverboards but far enough away to think outside the box.   I’m going for a positive vision, then trying to work out the steps to get there.  Imagining all my current research has bourne fruit is […]

Ethics and sustainability

October 5, 2014


A student asks a great question: Why does the Polytechnic focus on a sustainable viewpoint in everything it does, rather than an ethical one? We spend a few weeks discussing ethics in Software Engineering, but acting ethically and in the interests of society is a cultural shift, not academic knowledge. Surely sustainable practices would flow […]