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(Updated with User Research) Greenfographic: Create and Compete through Environmental Infographics in Your Community

Greenfographic is a tool that gives your environmental efforts a score and creates infographics based on your efforts. Working with an energy consumption tracking app, such as SmarTraq, Greenfographic will import your energy consumption data, and create a telling and catching infographic. It maps important data about your environmental behaviors and it will help you to form better and more sustainable behaviors. (SmarTraq is similar to Fitbit in that it helps you track how much you have “worked out” for the environment, and Greenfographic will present your "workout" in a clear and creative way.)

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If you want to know how much energy you have used and saved this week/month/year, Greenfographic will get your ideas and map out your usage with a score based on your consumption.   
What else can you do with the infographics?   

Greenfographic will have a social aspect.   You can share your green infographic on social media, and invite your friends to join in energy tracking.   In this way, Greenfographic will be able to access environmental data for your entire community, and show the overall ranking of each person’s environmental efforts.  It creates a green competition amongst community members, and motivates everyone to keep going green.     
 

The main questions are:

1) WHAT TO VISUALIZE?

What are the main metrics we should use to evaluate the user's environmental efforts?   How can we build a good scoring formula? How can we make the infographic simple yet comprehensive?  Anything else? 

According to Jeffrey from  PicMyEnergyMix, some statistics show that households are required to have 30% renewables out of total energy consumption before 2020. PicMyEnergyMix uses the percentages of different types of energy consumption, and it is so smart, simple and effective.  Besides this, what other metrics can be used?       
  
What data about your environmental efforts do you want to see? What questions do you have about your everyday energy consumption and more specifically, about your renewable energy usage?  

This idea is open to your comments and we look forward to your participation.  We are looking for the following types of OpenIDEOers:

a. Do you have research and articles on this topic that you would like to share?  

b. Would you like to help with user/community research?   

c. Do you have anything to ideas about localizing the green infographics according to different communities’ environmental characteristics?  In other words, how can we make the infographics more community-based?  
  
Greenfographic will especially need to be: 
a. Customized: users and communities will be able to set up their own questions and track data they want to track.    

b. Adaptive: as time goes by, people may want to see something new and know something different about renewable energy/environmental outcomes.  How can Greenfographic change user-interaction to create a larger impact in the community?  

c. Incentivizing:  What does the data/score mean financially, environmentally and socially?   
 

 2) HOW TO VISUALIZE?

(This part is design and coding.) We would love feedback from environmental designers and coders.     

a. With so many free infographic-making tools out there,  is it possible to get some templates and codes for free?   

b. How can we organize Design-a-thons (like hack-athons) for designers to come together and design green infographics.   

c. How can we use schools as drivers to design infographics.  (This will become great community activity itself as well as create original infographics too.)

d. Would Code for America/Design for Social Good want to help us?  



 3) USER EXPERIENCE, ETC. 

As an app/tool, Greenfographic needs to have good UX design, etc.   

Updates:
Getting lots of inpiration from the Melbourne Team with the "Power Portal" idea, we come up with some simple questions for user research.  Please follow this link to fill out the form and help us improve this project:
  Greenfographic Project: User Research Google Form

What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?

Everyone can join and every community can benefit from this. What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further? This idea is built upon SmarTraq and PicMyEnergyMix. Please see the right side of the webpage to find them. With the help from the OpenIDEO community, this idea has evolved a lot. We look forward to your participation, and let us know if you come up with a different name for this green infographic tool.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

This idea is built upon the research "Tidy Street: Changing Neighbors' Behaviors through Voluntary Monitoring and Public Infographics," and the ideas SmarTraq and PicMyEnergyMix. Please see the right side of the webpage to find them. With the help from the OpenIDEO community, this idea has been changing a lot. We look forward to your participation, and let me know if you come up with a different name for this green infographic tool.

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  • A combination of various types of renewable energy

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Just wondering if you've thought about linking up with companies that can help you improve your score in the various areas? If they knew your location and what was poor about your score, and your budget to improve it, you could potentially target products of interest. This should be of mutual benefit to the user and the companies with environmentally friendly products.

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Hello Tim, great feedback! Thanks a lot! I think that some tracking apps are doing this or will do this. I will recommend this idea which ran into final that you may be interested:

https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/refinement/picmyenergymix

And maybe you can come up with great ideas to help Jeffrey prototype! Thanks again and have fun ideating!

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The visual engagement in behavior change is really important. I love this!

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Thanks a lot Sarah! Look forward to working together for better energy awareness in our communities!

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Interesting stuff, Shuting! I wonder if communities could be encouraged (via templates?) to track their own energy use and share infographics over a specific time period in some kind of competition to trigger optimal behaviour? Kind of like an inter-community notion of something like this: https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/research/tidy-street-changing-neighbors-behaviors-through-voluntary-monitoring-and-public-infographics

We're loving the conversations going on around this idea and would encourage you to keep fine-tuning the idea and making updates to your submission by hitting the Update Entry button up on the right of your post. Bring it on!

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Ha! I see that Joanna also pointed this out to you below :^) I'd encourage you to start to map out how you think people / communities could interact with your idea – even using our User Experience Map: http://ideo.pn/user-exp and from there you could set about refining the actual interactions / infographic templates / other specifics.

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Hi Meena,

I think that is a great idea! An infographic that communities could fill out to determine their carbon footprint, or more specifically just their energy usage which could then be gamified to have different communities compete against each other to lower the energy usage!

Thank you for the constructive feedback!

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Hi Meena thanks for sharing the link. Yes Joanna has posted it before that's how I found out about the public infographics research and left that strange anecdote! Thanks for your suggestions, and we are working on a better structure of the whole proposal. Right now I am coming up with key questions to ask in the community, thinking about key words and comparing different types of infographics. I think more research on practicality of this project is needed since we need to make sure little kids in schools or less technical persons can make and share the infographics. So I have also been working on building a simple data visualization/infographic tool kit. If you have any suggestion, let me know.

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Nyko,

I for one would love this idea! I think ShuTing would agree. It would create an ever evolving infographic that could essentially give real time data to communities about their energy and water consumption! Looking forward to to our symbiotic mutualistic collaboration :).

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ShuTing Zeng, just a proposal to team up--- what if some of the data mining came from SmarTraq-- the data from that app that is tracked could go into a database and could be once of the sources for the data to help create the infographics. As you AND Natalie commented on how to properly present data on SmarTraq, there could be a mutually beneficial partnership here-- some of the infographic design from your project could be incorporated into SmarTraq, and the data from SmarTraq could help inform your infographics. Just a thought. Would love to work with you on this, and consider what kind of an online platform we could work with that would create beautiful infographics from data.

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Natalie, Cool, I'll work to incorporate this into my prototyping. Really Excited!

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Dear Nyko this is an excellent idea! And welcome back :) I can't wait to partner with SmarTraq and create infographics with solid data which present energy consumption/green level. Alos, infographics can become incentives/tools for communication/socializing between SmarTraq! This is gonna be awesome partnership and I cant wait to team up! Thank you Natalia for being so responsive and getting more and more great teammates for the idea:)

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Hi Shuting, first of all coming from a background of translating business needs into visual stories that are easy to digest and create more interest than a white paper, this project is close to heart. I followed the notes on this feed and wanted to pick up on the idea of encouraging communities to track their own energy use over time. I have previously used an interactive Geo - tool (basically a tiled map of the US with location points on which we visualized specific data for different cities. The data was fed by a google doc spreadsheet) I could see a similar tool being used as a great way to publicize the collected data. Additionally this could add a gamification element, simply through the fact that communities are being compared to one another in such a visual way. Good Luck!

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Hi Sophie,

Sounds like you have a great background for what we are trying to achieve. Would you like to join the team?

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Hi Natalie,

Im happy to consult in any aspect you may need my support on and would love to be part of the team in that capacity. Thank you!
Still exploring this portal but is there a way to communicate via email, external to this feed? Also, i saw that you guys are interested in translating into different languages - I speak fluent German if that is something of interest in the future. (Not that German is an overly useful language in the US but just thought id throw it out there=))

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Hi Sophie,

Yes, we definitely would like for you to translate the infographics to German. Danke! (that is the extend of my German so, actually, we really need you on the team :). ) Also, this project is not just for the US, it is for the world so, again, we would love for you to be on the team.

ShuTing and I have an email thread going and I just started a GoogleDrive Folder for our idea so I'll share the link below. We are currently in the process of editing and cleaning up the idea (possibly thinking of a new name, so feel free to turn on "suggestions" instead of editing (it is like track changes) and go wild on the document.)


Thank you for collaborating!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hL20uNC6JW4vmRF04nSqMRgxxljyeS5VmE7xk_Zllio/edit?usp=sharing

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Hi Natalie, I got your email and appreciate your help with editing the idea and correcting some grammatical mistakes. I will incorporate necessary corrections soon. Yet as I said before, I hope the communication to be on OpenIDEO as much as possible. Since the idea is still very preliminary and I would love to get as many feedbacks and comments as possible here, it does not matter however imperfect it looks like now here. I look forward to OpenIDEOers' contributions and comments to make it better and evolve/change more in the coming days before final refinement. I feel that everyone who comments here is automatically a teammate and of course I won't mind adding Sophie as long as she would like to help out. And I look forward to our continuous conversation here on the open IDEO!

Thank you for creating the Google Doc! I am still not sure what part needs more effort off line and hope to get brainstorming online first, but maybe Sophie will also know what to build in the Google Doc for now.

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Hi Sophie thanks a lot for your interest and feedback for this idea. Incorporating the Geo tool and mapping out the data for users is a great suggestion! Natalie has made a google doc for this project and please feel free to contribute there or here as you will.

German is definitely important :) And with your localization expertise it will be more than just language translation. It will be great if you would like to work with designers and provide localization help with this green infographic tool's German product design!

Would you like to share your experience of translating business needs into visual stories? And how do you think we can do better with visualizing? In your experience, how can we start building a data map (like time consumption, ways to collaborate, and technical requirements)? Yes gamification will be great and Nyko's SmarTraq also hopes to incorporate that. With data visualization, I still am thinking about how to and why. It will be great if you would like to give your opinion or advice!

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Hi Natalie and Sophie, I have been thinking about creating a green infographic ourselves to be the illustration for this idea! Are you interested? Please join me! Let's collect data and visualize them with a small and simple experiment ourselves!

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We love the notion that you guys have a go at creating an infographic yourselves as we're sure this will teach you about some of the issues involved which will help you refine the idea further.

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Hi Natalie, I updated the entry finally with your editing! Thanks again for the help! I also added Meena's "tidy street" research to this post.

Hi Meena thanks for your help with the technical issues. I didn't have any problem updating it this time! Just another question: I wonder if there is some way to keep the format of the text pasted to the entry box on OpenIDEO. For example, when I pasted the edited texts here, the links would be gone and the headline/bold/paragraph formats would disappear too.

And thanks for the encouragement with making our own infographics Meena! I just got some time and made a non-data-poster-type infographic for this idea! Would love to make an infographic with more data after some research later!

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Ah forgot to say this: thanks Natalie for the "greenfographic" suggestion! Sounds much better than the one used before (at least to me) though yes we welcome revision. And I did a bit research: looks like the word "greenfographic" is taken by an environmental organization in Thailand yet I don't think they are doing what we want to do so it should be fine!

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Greenfographic looks great ShuTing! Let me know if I can help with anything else! I hope you are feeling better and I look forward to when we can meet face to face at the next brainstorm meetup :)

Also to OpenIDEOers, we are not 100% set on Greenfographic, let us know if you have any other ideas for names!

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Hi Shuting, I think this is an awesome idea. One of the research contributions just popped into my head that I thought would be relevant to you... (https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/research/tidy-street-changing-neighbors-behaviors-through-voluntary-monitoring-and-public-infographics) In thinking about visualizing energy usage, it could be cool to develop visual infographics that are displayed in the community (physically) as a reminder and motivator! These could work in conjunction with the data available on your app...

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Hi Selina thanks for your comment! Yes I totally agree with the off-line physical display of these infographics. I would love to see this tool producing visuals that can be used in as many places as possible!

Kristen and I talked about using these green infographics for her New Lease (you can see the chat below), an environmental packet to be included in the lease that gives tips on how to be energy smart at home! I love her idea and think it will be very feasible and powerful. This is the link to her idea in case you are interested:

https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/ideas/new-lease-opportunities-to-educate-and-save-around-the-home

You can also see our brainstorming about using visuals in a residential hall to give environmental edu too!

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This infographic tool is really great, and think your idea could pair well with my initiative. This could be something we present to the landlords to include in the environmentally-friendly pamphlets for good visuals/facts/something digestible. What do you think?

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Hi Kristen thank you for suggesting this and I agree too! It will be great for green infographics to get its use offline too! Imagine how the landlords will be amazed by the visual beauty and persuaded by the scientific content of these infographics :) Would you like to join our team to help the off-line development of these infographics? Or let me know how we can help you build your Green Lease idea!

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"Green Lease" - what a great name! I might have to use that to re-name my project. Thanks for the idea!

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Great thinking to lend a guiding hand to the creation and collection and sharing of helpful data visualization for green energy -- and also great idea to have teachers/educators/schools in mind as an audience. One little idea to potentially keep in mind: I know of folks who've done "design-a-thons" to bring together professional graphic designers and artists to create posters/infographics (based on the hack-a-thon concept)... so picture a roomful of designers pulling an all-nighter (with food, music, and beverage of course!) to dive into a batch of different data and work up posters! Could be a way to help pair up groups without design capacity with pro-bono designer help... or even a little competition among groups to get your data/concept into the mix to get into the design-a-thon...

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Morning Jeffrey thanks for reading this and giving your advice! I think it is great idea LOL. And I have been to hackathons, but never designathons. Have you been to one? Wonder how it is like.

To make sure that these designers represent their communities, how do you think during the designathons they can collaborate with other members in the community? Before when I was thinking about it, I felt it was infeasible since designers couldn't collect all the data they need over a designathon! Yet! With the help of SmarTraq, an energy consumption/behavior tracking app, we could easily get data of community members and design infographics out of it. Or we could collect data from PicMyEnergyMix to present collective/communal green efforts too. What do you think? Have you considered provided location services in your app so that users could connect with other users nearby and PicMyEnergyMix will have a map of data too?

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Hi Shuting. Thanks again for continuing to engage! One quick friendly correction to your update mentioning the bit about households being required to have at least 30% renewables out of total energy consumption before 2020... that's just a "for example" -- in fact, different US states have very widely varying requirements for the percentage of energy they need to obtain from renewable sources over different time periods. In one place it might be 20% by 2025, in another place it might be 15% or 30%; it's all decided at the local level so it varies a lot. In terms of data that InfoGreenic could draw from PicMyEnergyMix, that could consist of data that PicMyEnergyMix participants supply to create the picture of their "desired" home energy mix - so, for example, "__% of people in __ city would like to have __% solar." PicMyEnergyMix will include a summary page that visually aggregates stats like this updated in real time, but it would definitely be cool to also put the visual creative on the results front back into the hands of participants with a tool like yours! And thanks too for your question about location. And yep, we will ask for zip code so we'll have the ability to map where submissions come from. I've definitely imagined how neat it would be to incorporate a map as part of the site so that people could easily zoom over to other geographies to compare people's 'actual vs. desired' energy mix pics to those in their own region. That level of complexity I think is something we'll have a tough time doing in the initial pilot versions of the site, but if it's successful in pilot and expands to more places, then I'd love to do that. And your idea about enabling users to connect with other users nearby is very interesting -- moving into social networking... That's something I will definitely continue to think about more and mention to others I'm working with this on - thank you for that contribution!

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Hi Jeffrey thanks for your correction which pointed out my unscientific use of data from you haha. I will update and change that part some time soon (hopefully within 2 days since I also need to make other changes too).

"Updated real time" is a great feature and I plan to have the infographics to be dynamic with real time data from apps like PicMyEnergyMix and SmarTraq too. As for infographics templates, I am learning from you and thinking it should be consistent and simply. Creative minds such as designers can maybe design a sets of templates that allow users to edit part of the content and use formula behind as they want.

Quantifying energy use will be very powerful and simple. Yet I am thinking if there are other ways to show people's energy awareness. For example, habit/behavior-based tracking will be interesting too. Just, technically speaking, it may be less feasible to both users and developers. What do you think?

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This idea sounds cool. It sounds like you might be able to actually break it up into 2 bits:
-a "dashboard" component that is on a per-user basis, so that they can view their usage at different timescales and maybe compare to personal goals
-a "dynamic infographic" component that collates information from various users to show a community level. The user can then compare themselves to the community level distribution of energy usage. Maybe you can gamify it in order to further spur competition.

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Hi Ryan,

Thank you for the feedback! To answer your questions, the dashboard component will be Nyko's SmarTraq idea (I'm posting a link to it below.) and the infographics will be a composition of user's data and the community's data as a whole. We hope to create a ranking system of users in the communities (which the definition of community can evolve be it your neighborhood or you could choose to join networks (alumni, sports, etc.)) Sorry if this wasn't clear, we are in the process of organizing and cleaning up our idea :). Again thank you for the comments!


https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/ideas/smartraq-track-play-compete-save-a-community-driven-app-that-could-be-a-first-step-in-helping-communities-understand-their-energy-usage-better

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Just a friendly note to say the link is broken for your suggestion of tools to build infographics. Piktochart also comes to mind: http://piktochart.com I wonder if you might try running this as a class exercise with a local school as a fun prototype? Or hold a meetup session of energy-passionate designers, etc and get some friendly competition going on as a lightweight prototype? Seems there's 2 parts to getting folks involved: 1. Deciding what information to visualise and collecting it. 2. Visualising it. Perhaps you might hold separate sessions for each?

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Dear Meena, thanks for your suggestions! Yes they are all great! Carles and Jeffrey suggested similar projects too. I am so excited by people's thoughts here and was trying to update the idea which looks quite rigid (just trying out different styles on OpenIDEO to test what feedbacks it would get). Yes I agree that mainly its about what information to visualize and how to visualize it. Piktochart was included in that broken link with 10 free infographic-making tools too and thanks for your kind note!

Also, Nyko suggested that this can team up with SmarTraq, and I feel excited seeing this project becoming a section in an energy tracking app like SmarTraq!

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Exciting! And you can fix the broken link by following instructions here: http://bit.ly/oi_link  

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Hi Meena thanks for your tips. I was thinking about updating the idea so didn't fix the link right after. When I tried to update the idea just now, the website seemed to fail to incorporate all the changes I hoped to make in different boxes. For example, it would update the summary and details boxes but not those after them. I tried several times before I successfully updated it. Wonder if it's my computer or OpenIDEO. Thanks!

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Sorry to hear this, Shuting. We haven't had reports of other users facing problems – but if you're still facing issues, please do get in touch with our helpdesk by hitting the Feedback button right at the bottom of this page and describe what you're facing in detail and someone on our team should be able to give you a hand to resolve. (and nice one on all the updates + collaboration on your idea!)

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Thanks for the idea, Shuting! It seems like this strategy is a re-vamped, or maybe "millenial-ized" version of this research post:

https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/research/tidy-street-changing-neighbors-behaviors-through-voluntary-monitoring-and-public-infographics

which I think is much needed, considering how we typically digest information. This recently published list may also provide some inspiration for how to create visual elements that resonate with people:

http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/28/the-14-most-beautifully-designed-apps-of-2014/

The way information is presented to us truly does affect our response, so I look forward to seeing some small experiments with this idea!

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Hi Joanna thanks for your comments and links! I just checked out the contribution and yes it is so bold and creative! Love it! It will be so locally accessible and educative! With internet and co-work software/platform, infographics may be able to engage many people and can be easily stored and shared too.

Thanks for the link about the prettiest app design (the FB Paper is really cool)! Yes one of the requirements to make infographics is having a computer, a software that can design an infographic, and a designer mind who would like to organize and transform thoughts into infographics! This may make infographics limited to certain areas with resources as listed above. Yet inspired by the graffiti green energy signs, maybe we can also make hand-drawn infographics without too much reliance on tech. Do you think it is feasible? If so, we may need to think about a way to digitize these handmade infographics to preserve their originality and quality. Do you have any suggestion?

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What if we just had a repository of sample infographics and ideas of what type of information to put into them and how to use them, that schools, "sister communities", companies, and any other entities or individuals could get ideas from, rather than creating infographics for worldwide use. As Natalie says, renewable energy types will depend on data that is relevant to local communities and the types and number of installations of these sources.

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Hi Janice thanks a lot for your advice! I apologize for the long yet still ambiguous/unclear idea proposal. We intended the infographics to be local, present and use the data from the local communities! And thanks for offering to help get international translators! Right now we are still very preliminary and still re-iterating all the time...I wonder if we can use multi-lingual localization helps right now. But that is such a great idea. I myself worked in localization before as a Chinese translator for some website contents lol.

And Nyko made a suggestion for this idea, which I think is wonderful! Please let me quote his comment which is right above actually:

"ShuTing Zeng, just a proposal to team up--- what if some of the data mining came from SmarTraq-- the data from that app that is tracked could go into a database and could be once of the sources for the data to help create the infographics. As you AND Natalie commented on how to properly present data on SmarTraq, there could be a mutually beneficial partnership here-- some of the infographic design from your project could be incorporated into SmarTraq, and the data from SmarTraq could help inform your infographics. Just a thought. Would love to work with you on this, and consider what kind of an online platform we could work with that would create beautiful infographics from data."

I think this is gonna be great great partnership! Green Infographics can be used to visualize one's traditional and renewable energy consumption, guide and present a user's behavioral change, become public, sharable energy information within the community, and advocate and activate green energy use even more. Nyko will give solid data and we do the data organizing, visualizing work. As it goes by, we change the visualization and the way we organize and present data according to user research and market feedback. SmarTraq Infographics can actually become incentives for getting green! What do you think?

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Hi Shuting,

I really like this idea but to be able to help more communities, could we publish the infographic in multiple language? It would be pretty cool if we could we make a team of people here on OpenIDEO who could help to write and or translate the infographic in other languages? I could definitely do Spanish and could take a whack at Japanese if you want me on the team. I also have some experience with designing educational infographics, pamphlets etc for communities.

I think this is something we could definitely organize and achieve as an online community very easily. Let me know what you think!

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Hey Natalie thanks for your great idea! Yes yes if we are gonna do it globally multiple language is definitely necessary! Ah great to have you on the team! Translation between Spanish and English will allow so many more communities in South America and Europe to participate and connect, and yes Japanese will definitely be important considering Japan may be a leading country with renewable energy (am I right?). Ah so you are on the team now yayy!

So do you also have idea about localizing the infographics in Spanish-speaking communities? What questions specifically, for example, in South America, would you want to ask and what information would you like to include if you were to help a community there design the infographics?

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and yes meanwhile I can do Chinese translation as a Chinese of course :) But let me pretend simplified and traditional Chinese were two very different languages (they are not that different...) so yes I can do both too!

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That would be great Shuting! It would be nice if we could somehow recruit others from other countries who speak (French, Portuguese, German, and a few of the other big players.) I think French will be especially useful in African countries so we should try and find someone with a French background to join the team. Perhaps you could update the idea section to ask bilingual OpenIDEOers to join our team?

I can definitely speak for the average questions I got in Peru, and I hope that South America would be similar. I think the number one question I got was how do I know if my area is good for XX renewable. After that it is always cost and how to make it affordable. Last but not least it is maintenance. I will think on this some more though and maybe I could ask some of my friends who are still in the area to do some mini questionnaires for me.

Excited about this!

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Hey Natalie this sounds exciting! I read French so I can also help with the French proofreading/translation of French posters lol. Yes I will change this proposal soon to attract more multi-lingual OpenIDEOers.

As for where to start this campaign, as Carles below suggested, I think schools will be a good driver. It will be great if we can spread the network as far and globally as possible. And you as an international traveller are invaluable point of connection. I may be able to ask some of my backpacking friends to see if they can bring this campaign to their community too :)

Yet I also think that San Francisco as this little UN (in the apolitical sense) can be a good place to start this campaign. It is great bec we have Tech + Cultural/Ethnic/Lingual Diversity + Environmental Awareness + Word Influence. What do you think? I read your profile and saw that you are a local! So maybe you can find lots of local contacts to join us too :)

I will change this proposal with more technical input shortly. Wonder if OpenIDEO will let you change it too after being added to the team.

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Happy New Year! I tried to edit on another team and I wasn't able to. It would be great if you could ask your backpacking friends! I wonder if using social media like facebook would be an easier way to spread the word quickly. With schools, we would have to find each individual school, contact administration etc. But what if we came out with a nice shareable infographic?

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Hi Natalie yes I used FB to share my P2P lending idea but not for this one yet. Waiting for friends to come back from holidays to check out FB lol.

Do you mean a nice sharable infographic for this campaign itself?

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Yeah, what Elaine said above is basically what I was thinking too :)

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Happy to help recruit translators. I have a lot of connections in the localization community.

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Hi ShuTing,

Janice and I talked on another thread and she has great experience recruiting translators! Would you mind adding her to the team? Thank you!

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Hi Shuting,

So I still cannot upload stuff :( so I will defer to you. Here is a website with a TON of great infographics. It would be a good idea for us to look through these for ideas and start to create translated versions? I pulled out a few of my favorites.

Wind specific one (I'd like to do one like this but for every renewable, what do you think?)
http://cryptd.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Wind-Energy.jpg

http://cryptd.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Alternative-Energy-at-Home.jpg

http://www.technical-schools-guide.com/careerguide/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/transparency.jpg

https://mosaic-blog.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/goodsubsidiesinfographic.jpeg

Interesting look at purchases not just REs-
http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/greenliving/uploads/2011/01/wellhome-human-energy-consumption.jpg

Spanish specific one-
http://www.ediciona.com/portafolio/image/7/5/9/7/info-energia-alternativas-3_7957.jpg

Geothermal- http://cryptd.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Geothermal-Energy.jpg

solar- https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/83/15/b3/8315b3bc597055fcced0e87186f3b8d7.jpg

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Hi Natalie,

Thanks for sharing the links! I especially like these three because they show the connection between the big buzzword "renewable energy" with our everyday life!

1. Alternative Energy at Home
http://cryptd.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Alternative-Energy-at-Home.jpg

2. How much fuel does it take to fuel a lightbulb for a year?
http://www.technical-schools-guide.com/careerguide/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/transparency.jpg

3. Home Solar - How solar will fix our broken electricity grid
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/83/15/b3/8315b3bc597055fcced0e87186f3b8d7.jpg

Right now I am looking at the content more intensively to look for important logic, questions and data involved. So what I plan to do for updating this idea is:
1. come up with questions that we can give to potential communities for them to start gathering and processing data. These questions, like some of the questions presented in the infographics above, connect the big to the small, the abstract to the visible, the society, community and the individual. It will be great if you would like to ask some questions too.

2. look for data visualization tool kits and easy software online. Considering some communities may lack the access to infographic production kit or need some basic warmup before they start to deal with the data they have, I think we can also provide these resources to communities. It will be great if we can compile and edit the material together.

3. we may also start creating a user experience map suggested by Joanna. This is the link if you want to look at it too:
https://d3gxp3iknbs7bs.cloudfront.net/attachments/b672d809-2fa6-4081-be64-26430343928a.pdf

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Hi Shuting,

I think this is a great plan of action. I also think we should update the above post to ask for OpenIDEOers who are multilingual to post on the thread if they would be willing to translate the infographic into another language. I think we should really try to focus on buffing up the team first because I think their insight will be invaluable as we work through the prototype/pilot phase.

For 1.) I think this task may be a bit difficult and we may want to get members on the team from a ton of different communities for input on this. Each questionnaire will have to be slightly region specific. I did a small questionnaire in Peru, and there was a huge diversity in answers on the questionnaire. (For example, families who live in the mountain of Peru almost always buy hydroelectric energy ( but do not know this) while families on the coast buy it from an coal run electricity plant.) Also both energy and water usage is much higher on the coast.

2.) Google Docs (a google spreadsheet in this example) I think would be a good place to start for us to share and collaborate on data. What do you think? Will we need something more than what google spreadsheets can offer?

Let me know what your thoughts are!

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Hi Natalie, thanks a lot for your input! Yes regional differences will be very interesting and beneficial to look at, and thanks for your insight about the geographical differences of energy consumption in Peru -- I think that is actually part of what we can find out and provide. As for the questions to be asked, it should be fine to ask some easy, less technical questions, such as

True your Peru example also says that maybe it is easier to pilot in a more energy-aware community or area. Or, we can start by approaching local energy-related institutions/authorities for advice about where to go for data and research, and what valuable information we can dig out and present. We can collect some raw data, and then involve researchers and data scientists to give these data more of a context, accuracy, logic, and meaning.

As for collaboration, I was thinking if working on OpenIDEO would be better, so that other people can see our brainstorming process and help too! I am writing a new draft of the idea. Maybe I can post it here later, and you can revise, then post it back to me? Let's see if the comment box can take in all the words lol.

Thanks for your thoughts and look forward to more collaborating!

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Hi Shuting,

I think part of your message got cut off after such as. But sounds great! I can definitely help revise :).

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Hi Natalie, thanks for pointing that out to me! I guess there was something with with copy and paste. I just updated the idea since if I pasted it here all the format would be lost and it would look pretty messy. Let me know what you think and what change you want to make!

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Hi Shuting,

Do you want to exchange emails? I cannot edit the above post and I wanted to edit a few little things. I think the content itself is fantastic, just a few small revisions is all. Let me know! Thank you for updating. It looks great and I think is encompassing the idea well.

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Hi Natalie, sure and thanks a lot for offering to help! Actually my friend who saw the post last night gave me some advice/critique too. Later I thought about it, I was wondering if this idea can be less rigid and more open for change. Second, I didn't use a sentence or anything to tell what exactly we want to do. And last, this does not really show enough "user-centered" perspective since its almost all about the project itself. I wonder if you would like to look at it from the "user experience map" perspective and help improve it!

My email is shutingzeng.damu@gmail.com. Or could you give me your email so I can send you the draft of this idea for you to make comments or revisions more easily.

Thanks a lot for being such a supportive teammate! I appreciate it!

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Hi Shuting,

I sent you an email. Looking forward to collaborating both on and off OpenIDEO! :)

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Interesting Idea. It would be great (or possibly you can test) if these graphics would be shared virally, almost like a meme!

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Hi Elaine thanks for your suggestion. Yes I should come up with an infographic for a community and share it with social media, within community or on an environmental platform to see how it goes. Do you have suggestion about how to make a renewable energy infographic viral? Any visual or verbal expression as key elements?

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Just an idea: what about using schools as a driver? What if the community provided materials to teachers so that they could work on that topic with their students?

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Hey Carles yes I think schools will be a great place to start! Before the community can provide materials to teachers to work on with the students, I am thinking maybe teachers can first ask questions and then know what materials they need to gather. What do you think can be the important questions to be asked?!