From Consumers to Owners: Using Meta-design Environments to Motivate Changes in Energy Consumption

  • Holger Dick
  • Hal Eden
  • Gerhard Fischer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6654)


Unsustainable energy consumption is a systemic problem facing society that requires technical and social innovations and changes. We argue for understanding and using end-user developments as not just another design principle but as a socio-technical intervention to help people make better decisions as they work to solve such systemic problems. We further explore two established EUD frameworks, Meta-Design and Cultures of Participation, to design systems for one such systemic problem: the energy domain. We present the draft for a system that incorporates principles from these frameworks to inform, motivate, and involve end-users in reducing their energy consumption.


meta-design cultures of participation energy sustainability changing human behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holger Dick
    • 1
  • Hal Eden
    • 1
  • Gerhard Fischer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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