CHI 2012 Workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living

Final call for participation and deadline extension

Simple, Sustainable Living
Workshop at CHI 2012, Austin, TX, USA, May 6, 2012

Key dates:
Submission deadline: January 27, 2012 *extended*
Acceptance notification: February 10, 2012
Workshop day: Sunday May 6, 2012

The goal of this one-day CHI Sustainability Community workshop is to
discuss how to design for simpler lifestyles as part of a more holistic
view on sustainability. What roles do technologies play in adding
complexity, feeding busyness, and inducing unsustainable lifestyles? What
is the responsibility of HCI in understanding these roles and providing
simpler, more sustainable ways of living?

We invite researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines
interested in issues related to the relationship between technology and
the ‘complexification’ of life to discuss the possibilities and tensions
in designing IT to support simpler lifestyles. These issues could be
examined from theoretical, empirical, and/or speculative or practical
design perspectives.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Anytime, anywhere access with mobile technologies
• Personal information management and the complication or simplification
of everyday life
• Designing for slowness, reflection, and/or minimalism
• Technology avoidance
• Family practices around complexity and simplicity
• The intersection between human and environmental sustainability
• Cultural perspectives on complex and simple lifestyles
• Critical reflections on using IT to support simple living

To participate, please send a 2-4 page position paper by January 27, 2012
using the ACM paper format
to, describing:

1. The work you have done on this topic and how it is related to this
2. One or two key issues, challenges, or opportunities you are interested
in discussing in the workshop. Why are they important? How do you envision
making progress in addressing them?

For any questions, contact Maria Håkansson (

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