Design and Deploying Tools to ‘Actively Engaging Nature’: The My Naturewatch Project as an Agent for Engagement

R. Phillips, A. Abbas-Nazari, J. Tooze, B. Gaver, A. Boucher, L. Ovalle, A. Sheen, D. Brown, N. Matsuda, M. Vanis

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Abstract

‘Shifting Baseline Syndrome’ is highly apparent in the context of generational shifts in work and life patterns that reduce interaction with and knowledge of the natural world, and therefore expectations of it. This is exacerbated by changes in the natural world itself due to climate change, biodiversity decline and a range of anthropogenic factors. Distributed and accessible technologies, and grass roots approaches provide fresh opportunities for interactions, which enable active engagement in ecological scenarios. The My NatureWatch project uses digital devices to collect visual content about UK wildlife, promoting ‘active engagements with nature’. The project embodies Inclusive Design in the Digital Age, as the activity; engages a wide demographic community, can be used by all, provided user led agency and produced methodological design lessons. The article frames My Naturewatch as an agent for active designed engagements with nature. The research objective is to comprehend ‘how to design tools for positive nature engagement’ holding value for; (1) academic communities as validated methodologies (2) the public through access to enabling technologies, content and knowledge (3) industry in the form of new; experiences, engagements and commerce. The approach is specifically designed to yield insights from a multitude of engagements, through the deployment of accessible, low-cost products. Project reporting documents the benefits, pitfalls and opportunities in the aforementioned engagement uncovered through design-led approaches. Insights are gathered from public/community facing workshops, wildlife experts, ecologists, economists, educators and wildlife NGO’s. The engagement methodologies are compared highlighting which initiative yielded ‘Active Engagement with Nature’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for the Elderly and Technology Acceptance - 5th International Conference, ITAP 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
PublisherSpringer
Pages513-531
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783030220112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2019
Event5th International Conference, ITAP 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 26 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11592 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference5th International Conference, ITAP 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period26/07/1931/07/19

Bibliographical note

The final authenticated version is
available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22012-9_37

Keywords

  • DIY
  • Engagement
  • Nature
  • User centred design

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