Lecture & Discussion – 2.12.2018

Additional Resources: Theories of Change & Critique of Everyday Life

This page contains additional resources for the Theories of Change class.

The video below from Social Investment Business, UK provides an overview of what a theory of change is and why it is important in order to measure impact, particularly in the social change sector.

Video from Social Investment Business, UK

The video below discusses the Theory of Change toolkit developed by the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts in the UK (NESTA). As they put it: “Setting up a Theory of Change is like making a roadmap that outlines the steps by which you plan to achieve your goal. It helps you define whether your work is contributing towards achieving the impact you envision, and if there is another way that you need to consider as well.”

Video by NESTA, UK

The Nesta toolkit for building a theory of Change can be found on their website:

An extensive overview of theory of change thinking from Hivos, a Dutch NGO:

The Learning for Sustainability website has many articles on theories of change

In the 2 videos below, Dave Snowden introduces his Cynefin Frameworkfor sense-making, problem analysis, decision making and project management.

Video from the Cognitive Edge, 2010

Video from the Lean, Agile and Scrum Conference, 2013

Post Normal Science is a new conception of the management of complex science-related issues that can be a useful approach to problem solving. Post Normal Science focuses on aspects of problems solving that tend to be overlooked such as: uncertainty, value loading and multiple legitimate perspectives. It is particularly useful when designing for complex systems.

Discussion – 2.14.2018

Additional Resources: Alternative Economics

This page contains additional resources for the Alternative Economics discussion session

The ‘Impossible Hamster’ demonstrates the foolishness of an economic system that is predicated on continuous growth

Videos below provide an overview of capitalism (our existing economic paradigm that many argue is inherently unsustainable) and provide an overview of concepts such as ‘The Circular Economy’, how social media networking/sharing is opening up possibilities for alternative economies and modes of sharing.

Video from Libcom.org, 2014

Video from The School of Life, 2015

In the video below, Rob Hopkins makes the case for  ‘Transition Towns’ one of the most important strands in the transition movement. Transition Towns work for the development of communities that are resilient enough to withstand external perturbations such as economic downturns, peak oil and climate change.  This involves, for example, creating localised energy, monetary and food systems and fostering local business.


Video from Transition Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, 2015

More information and resources about Transition Towns and the Transition Network can be found on this website:

Below are two videos on the Circular Economy, https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy, which, according to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times [which] enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows”.

Video by Daniel Binns for the Ellen McArthur Foundation, circa 2013

Video from RSA, UK 2011

More information and resources about the Circular Economy can be found on this website:

Business strategist Don Tapscott outlines ways in businesses specifically and the economy in general need to transform in a 21st century networked global society.

Video from Don Tapscott Group, 2014

Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler discusses the challenges of the shared and ‘on-demand’ economy.

Video from the World Economic Forum, 2015

Venture capitalist partner Peter Dempster talks about the new paradigm of the ‘collaborative consumption’ and its disruptive effect upon existing economic models/paradigms.

Video from VLab Videos, 2013

Anne Leonard lays out strategies for changing the unsustainable economic paradigm that we are embedded within:

Discussion – 2.19.2018

Additional Resources: Manfred Max-Neef’s Needs

This page contains additional resources for the Needs and Everyday Life discussion session

The video below gives an excellent overview of Manfred Max-Neef’s Theory of Needs

In these clips, Manfred Max-Neef talks about his concept of Barefoot Economics and the ways in which our economies must transition.

Video from Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity, 2013

Video from Democracy Now, 2010

This video is a introduces the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), as an alternative Gross National Product (GDP). GNH is being used to guide policy and to assess the country’s well being and prosperity.

GNH Center, Bhutan, 2016

This article from the World Economic Forum ranks countries by their ability to meet the basic human needs of their citizens. Look how it turns the rankings we are used to seeing upside down.

Lecture – 2.21.2018

Additional Resources: Design for Behavior Change

This page contains additional resources for the Transition Design for Behavior Change class.

In the video below, CMU School of Design Faculty member Dr. Dan Lockton argues that design often discourages rather than encourages behaviour change.

Nudgestock 2: Dr. Dan Lockton: Designing with people in behaviour change

Discussion – 2.26.2018

Additional Resources: Social Practice Theory

This page contains additional resources for the Social Practice Theory discussion session.

The first video is of Dr. Stanley Blue from Bristol University explaining what a social practice is and why studying how changes occur is important. The second video shows Elizabeth Shove of Lancaster University, UK discussing the relationship of Social Practice Theory to Design.

Video from The School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK, 2015

5th STS Italia Conference, A Matter of Design, Milano (IT), Politecnico di Milano, 2014

The first two videos show Tim Kasser discussing social psychology research and its connection to shifting to sustainable behaviours.

Video from IIT Sustainability, 2014

Video from Andrews University, 2015

Discussion – 2.28.2018

Additional Resources: Introduction to Socio-Technical Transitions

This page contains additional resources for the Sociotechnical Regime Theory class.

The video below is a brief account of how the multi-level perspective can assist transitions to sustainability.

Video from the European Society for Ecological Economics, 2015

Using the car as an example, the video below provides a good overview of the MLP

Manaaki Whenua, Landcare Research, 2012

Using the transport system as an example, the diagram and table below show how design and its sub disciplines are embedded within socio-technical systems.

The video below explain the Multi-Level Perspective using the analogy of a tree and its surrounding environment.


Discussion – 3.5.2018

Additional Resources: Types of Socio-Technical Transitions

This page contains additional resources for the Types of Socio-Technical Transitions class.

In the videos below, Gill Seyfang of the University of East Angia, UK explains Socio-Technical Transition Theory and Professor James Meadowcroft explains the term ‘socio-technical’ transitions and how these emerge and change over time. In particular he discusses how the design of policy and governance plays a critical role. It is critical that Transition Designers understand the anatomy of large socio-technical regimes in order to help seed and catalyze their transition to more sustainable states.

Video from the European Society for Ecological Economics, 2015

Video from Sustainable Prosperity Conference, 2014

Class Activity – 3.7.2018

Additional Resources: Mapping a Sociotechnical Transition

This page contains additional resources for the Sociotechnical Transitions class.

The video below give a very clear explanation of the Multi-Level-Perspetive and Socio-Technical Regime Theory.

Climate-KIC, 2016