[Event] Community Case Study: Reducing Technology's Environmental Impact

[Event] Community Case Study: Reducing Technology's Environmental Impact

In this community case study session, Max Mahmoud Wardeh and Sarah Hutton will present Less Impact - an online platform that helps people learn how to reduce the environmental impact of digital technology.

Bon Education
Bon Education

Date: 29 June 2021

Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm GMT +4

Place: network.interstory.com

Available to all members of interstory, our professional network for people working in programs.


Session Description

In this community case study session, Max Mahmoud Wardeh and Sarah Hutton will present a project that they've been developing called Less Impact - an online platform that helps people learn how to reduce the environmental impact of digital technology.  Through sharing information and building tools, users are able to understand and calculate the environmental impact of their data usage. Connections to educational tools for community learning and engagement are included to provide users with the resources needed to influence change in local communities.

People are increasingly changing their food consumption and travel habits in order to reduce their carbon footprints, thanks to the wide availability of open data and educational content on the environmental impact of these activities. Max and Sarah believe that, similarly, people will increasingly change their data consumption habits and reduce the environmental impact of their data usage if the right information and tools are available for them to understand that impact.

Max and Sarah will present the work that they've done so far on the project and invite participants to help them with the exploration of:

  • Ways to create collaborations with learning designers to broaden the impact/outreach of the work.
  • Strategies for connecting with student and community organizations to foster grassroots educational net zero programming.
  • How to encourage behavior change on the consumer level and how to help propagate that change.
  • How the output - tools, calculators, infographics and educational content - can be designed to influence behavior change on the consumer level, as well as on the corporate and institutional level (e.g., carbon mitigation and net zero plans).
  • How to empower consumers to press conglomerates/industry to make similar change, by providing updated research information and tools for advocacy.

Session Format

  • Background and presentation: 20 minutes
  • Breakout and discussion: 40 minutes
  • Whole-group learning harvest: 30 minutes

About Max

Max is a technologist and educator who’s interested in exploring different ways of creating and sharing knowledge. He works as a technology consultant, adjunct university lecturer and online learning content developer. Max founded the Open Knowledge Connective to help connect those who are building the knowledge commons.

About Sarah

Sarah is a librarian and education policy researcher who’s interested in opening up access to information and educational opportunities, providing opportunity for community participation in the knowledge creation and dissemination process. She works as an academic research librarian and instructor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US. She is passionate about youth engagement in civic action and policy development.


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