Environment 2.0 Workshop, Lancaster University

A two day workshop at Lancaster University in December 2007 brought together a diversity of people to pathfind the Environment 2.0 research agenda and future activity

The workshop featured participants from environmental science and advocacy, the arts, social sciences and technology, and included the lead on the campaign for the congestion charge in Manchester, the Head of Innovation Culture at BBC, sociologists exploring ‘post-car futures’, and community organisers.

Participants: Adrian Woolard, Alan Dix, Bron Szerszynski, Christian Nold, Drew Hemment, Gabriella Giannachi, Jessica Symons, John Urry, Kingsley Dennis, Maja Kuzmanovic, Mikel Maron, Monika Buscher, Paul Coulton, Paul Upham, Simon Lock, Steve Benford and Steve Connor.

Environment 2.0 Themes

ADAPTATION Imagine it has happened, design lifestyles and products we would need Design new tech to make the most of it, and get people to trying them out BBC: Adaptation TV show -pitch proposal Two meanings of adaptation: 1. How you can preserve a way of life 2. Create a society / way of life resilient to any potential threat

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION Virtual travel buddie / FOAF car sharing and hitching / Interactive sign / City Bike Interface / Open Aerial Map

TELEPRESENCE Video conferencing – reducing travel Connecting impactors with impacted in different places, connecting near and far

MAPPING Mapping as enabling action Convey information in a compelling way Freecycle – build a visualisation

SIMULATION & VISUALISATION Visualising and simulating the future Asking ‘what if’ questions You see the impact of your actions on people close and remote in 50 years Mixed reality game involving role play

GROW YOUR OWN WORLDS Construction Camp: Bricolage, recycling approaches to technology Personal manufracturing rather than mass manufacturing Facilitate distributed collaboration

“GO LOCAL” Enable people to think and act locally Alan’s Electronic Village Shop: digital networks and global connections enable us to connect producers and consumers locally

DIAGNOSTICS How do people understand complex processes and affordances