It’s been a while since I’ve posted, my apologies. To get things rolling again, here are a few stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems. Most of these I share on twitter when I first read about them; if you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me. If you’re not on twitter, I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourites; links are provided so you can explore each one fully.
Here are some ideas and stories that caught my attention over the past several weeks:
- Do mobile apps really help change behaviour? Read the original research about apps designed for smoking cessation.
- When feedback produces the opposite of the desired result: Ecological footprint feedback can make some people less green.
- Creating new system feedback loops to change health surveillance by using an online community as a reporting tool for health data: Social Media, PHRs Can Aid in Monitoring Chronic Diseases
- Calorie Counting: When Nudge Comes to Shove – The opposite of “Would you like fries with that?”: downsizing your fast food meal to save calories and money
- Feedback to help strengthen communities in another great post from GOOD – Home Elephant: An App to Help Neighbors Help Neighbors. This mobile app lets neighbours exchange messages and alerts, such as traffic, crime, or lost pets.
Regular blog posts will resume next week, starting with some of my thoughts from the National Obesity Summit hosted by the Canadian Obesity Network in Montreal.