Slow Change Interaction Design

Please note, Extended deadline until April 20.

Workshop organisers
Jordan Beck, Indiana University
Martin A. Siegel, Indiana University

Attitudinal and behavioral change has perhaps never been more relevant to the design research community than it is at present. Whether it's diet, exercise, disease prevention, addiction recovery, financial planning, citizenship awareness, or environmental responsibility, appropriate behaviors in these and similar domains are particularly challenging to initiate and sustain. Users are investing a lot in "change technologies" and designers are investing a lot in their design. Why aren't we seeing greater returns on investment? Web applications and digital artifacts that support these behaviors are unsuccessful for many people beyond an initial period of compliance. For designers, are there new considerations or principles beyond current practice that should be applied to these domains? We refer to this design research, characterized by initiating and sustaining slow attitudinal and behavioral change, as "slow change interaction design" (SCID). This workshop aims to establish an international community of researchers and practitioners committed to grappling with issues pertaining to SCID such that designers will be better equipped to address particular slow change problems. It will be filled with brainstorming, thought exercises, and discussions aimed at galvanizing a theoretical foundation to guide future work. A wide range of issues including: systems theory, personal informatics, affective computing, sustainability, and cybernetics, among others, will be up for discussion. We anticipate that people will leave with a robust set of research questions as well as an international community committed to collaborating on papers and grant proposals.

Interested participants should submit a 1-2 page position paper describing their research interests in the workshop topic. When we say "research interests" we refer both to past projects and future aspirations. We encourage participation by those who may not have past experience in this particular workshop topic. We will select papers with the aim of cultivating a diverse community committed to increasing the visibility and substance of SCID relative to theory, practice, and pedagogy.

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