Each Friday (OK, today’s Saturday… I’m a little behind these days!), I share a collection of stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems that catch my attention during the previous week. 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 this week’s favourites:
- Ever suffered writer’s block? There’s a number of nifty tools to help keep you motivated and on track to meet your writing deadlines, including one called Write or Die. If you’re prone to procrastinate, this might be for you – allowing you to set a goal (number of words to write), time limit and penalty (ranging from changing screen colour, an alarm sounding, or deleting the text you’ve just written!). Me, I prefer the idea of Written? Kitten! where typing rewards you with a picture of a cute kitten, how’s that for dangling a carrot? (Hat tip to @TravisSaunders for the link to whizbang’s post on writing tools from #scio12)
- BJ Fogg of STandford University has developed a new model to help understand behaviour change. The basic premise of the model is that three elements, motivation, ability and trigger, must occur simultaneously in order to elicit a behaviour. His research at the Persuasive Technology Lab includes projects focussed on exploring ways for computing systems to assist in changing human behavior.