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I lead design research projects within healthcare, educational support programs, and the social sector. I’ve worked with both for-profit and non-profit companies to uncover meaningful insights, design innovative services, and set the strategic direction for new initiatives.
My curiosity about human behavior has been the thread throughout my career. As a therapist working in a range of healthcare settings, I have intimately experienced the suffering that results from broken systems. Motivated by a desire to make change on a larger scale, I transitioned from providing therapy to individuals and families to conducting human-centered research with organizations and communities.
I’m also the mother of two kids who inspire me to never stop asking questions and to jump in with both feet.
Hi Nyko! Thanks for contributing such an inspiring concept!
Building on your idea of having an individual score, I wonder if neighborhoods could have an energy score too (similar to a walkability score). The community score would encourage neighbors to join forces in changing their behavior. As the score increases, so might community pride and maybe even property value. And, you would have a metric for comparing energy usage across communities.
I LOVE this concept, Natalie! It's targeting a critical pain point of not knowing what solutions can be feasibly adopted. It's educational, experiential, and brings communities together. One question I wonder about is how does this concept support people in reaching the identified end goal of incorporating these technologies into their home life? And how will you know if this is happening? A quick and dirty idea could be to have a commitment wall at the park where people write and post what new behavior they plan to try out in the next 72 hours. Then, perhaps you could build in a way for them to report back how they follow-through.