All tagged Incentives

Technology Zombies

We are building technology that zombifies us. Unsettlingly similar to how a fungus can zombify an ant. Yet fungus is part of a set of checks and balances that keeps ecosystems balanced. Our mass zombification by our devices doesn’t balance anything. It captures attention in mass, for the benefit of a few. 

A Lawn Story

The humble personal lawn, one per household, seem to be an intrinsic part of life, mainly because we don’t remember the choices and incentives that went in to making them that way. Strangely, our individual and personal lawns may be a powerful force of environmental destruction. We are caught in the grip of an irrational set of historical design choices.

Shopping Malls: When a Good Idea Met Opposing Incentives

The creation of community, which no doubt includes healthy commerce, was Victor Gruen’s original dream for shopping malls. This is not the same as the design of an inward turning space that encourages shopping as a means to an end. It just goes to show, the best design intentions only come into their own, when they align with the right incentives. Fit good intentions to opposing incentives and the outcome may disappoint you.