Using our Brainstorm in a Box toolkit we focused on three "How Might We" questions to address this challenge:
- HMW inspire and empower people to change their own neighborhoods for the better?
- HMW create spaces in our neighborhoods to encourage interaction and creation of something meaningful?
- HMW nudge social norms and behaviors around keeping the environment clean?
One of the ideas from Heather Emerson that came out of these questions was to use technology to improve recycling and waste management. If people had to use fobs or some identification system to throw away trash or recycling, we could track which they were doing and give extra points to recyclers while taking away points from those throwing trash away. The community could choose the direction those points took. Some may like the idea of using a pure monetary system like a bag tax or others might want to have points cashed in for rewards.
This idea came from our discussion over making the disposal process more visible and accountable. We discussed how identification could help bring accountability to maintaining local environments. Many apartments in Singapore have long chutes that residents throw trash into, turning it into an invisible problem. We also discussed the potential of using leader boards to spur competition and several other variations on this idea. We'd love to see some ideas build on this theme.