UX of Climate Change
Climate change is arguably the most urgent problem of our time. The impact of climate change is different but serious for everyone on the planet as it impacts everyone’s experience.
““The impacts of climate change that we are feeling today, from extreme heat to flooding to severe storms, are expected to get worse, and people least able to prepare and cope are disproportionately exposed,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan “This report punctuates the urgency of equitable action on climate change. With this level of science and data, we can more effectively center EPA’s mission on achieving environmental justice for all.”
“ from https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-report-shows-disproportionate-impacts-climate-change-socially-vulnerable
By going beyond user experience (UX) and including relational design we can look at our whole world, together to solve to problems resulting from climate change, Moving past human centered and expanding usability to include a sustainable planet by including all species and their ecosystems. Human centered design has disowned other life specifics and their ecosystems with disastrous effects for our planet.
This workshop will expand UX and Usability to include a hard look at climate change.Working with people on the ground, those directly coping with life changing consequences of climate change, such as fires and floods empower people to cope with crises and change our behavior to think of usability as including all species and their ecosystems. We will work in small groups for short training to be empowered to solve problems as they arise. This will create strong skills people can use, on the ground, to learn how to be proactive and lead with curiosity, not fear.
Moderated by Elizabeth Rosenzweig, Director of World Usability Day
Susanne Jul has a long history of designing, managing and delivering projects of such diverse types as academic research, product design, theatrical productions, and disaster preparedness and response. Her research publications are primarily in human cognition and software design, and disaster management
Umar Sheraz is a social change researcher, cross-disciplinary collaborator and foresight practitioner, operating at the intersection of academic and commercial practice. Involved in training, consultancy and report-writing roles with International and Pakistani universities, NGO’s, Think Tanks and other organizations. Emphasis has been on opening up the future space to explore alternative futures and strategies to achieve a preferable future.