Grow 2B well
Enabling urban dwellers to become well through plant engagement
Currently, I call my sustainability related activities "Grow 2B well" project. The main goal of the activities is to address the wellbeing crisis, where both the planet and people living in it do not feel well. I strongly believe that one important aspect of how to tackle this crisis is by reconnecting with nature again, and creating novel connections among people and nature, with help of novel approaches to materials and technology.
Findings from horticultural psychology show how active engaging with nature has vast positive effects on people's physical and mental health. On the other hand, the actual relationship with nature many people have today is not very deep. People often suffer from so called "plant blindness", where plants are experienced as a green blur in the backgrounds, rather than something that plays an active role in our lives.
Sensing technologies host the potential to change this situation by enabling continuous data collection over time through sensors which are easily accessible. However, it cannot be done in a traditional way, where technology is seen as the solution to the problem. Instead, I believe the sensing technology and its design process can serve as a place to foster learning about nature, about oneself and about a more sustainable way how to live.
Plansors: Co-creating with plants and sensing technologies
Together with Sjoerd Hendriks and Mohammad Obaid (Chalmers University of Technology) we are currently organizing a series of workshops, where we are trying to find a novel way how to connect people and plants through plant care supported by sensing technology. More information here.
HCI and sustainability
A course in the making!