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Call for Papers – CHI 2011 Workshop “Visible-Actionable-Sustainable: Sustainable Interaction Design in Professional Domains”
May 7th, 2011 in Vancouver


Sustainable HCI has been largely focused on consumer decision-making, leaving out important opportunities for sustainable action across professional domains. This workshop seeks to broaden the application of sustainable interaction design to fields including [but not limited to] education, advocacy, marketing, industrial design and service industries. Participants are asked to submit 1-page/500-word abstracts describing:


  • Novel approaches to sustainable HCI
  • Research into domain-specific sustainability issues
  • Patterns for applied sustainable HCI
Submissions should be accompanied by a short bio/statement of interest in the topic. The workshop will be conducted like a pattern writing workshop aimed at isolating specific sustainability challenges, user groups and future applications for sustainable HCI in professional domains.


Email submissions to
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but you should submit by February 28th in order to receive a decision in time to register early for CHI 2011. Any submissions received by May 6th will be reviewed for acceptance.


At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference. Information about the workshop will be maintained at


We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!


The Organizers
Daniela Busse, Leonardo Bonanni, Eli Blevis, John Thomas, Marko Turpeinen and Nuno Jardim Nunes


This workshop will be held on Saturday, May 7th as part of the CHI 2011 conference in Vancouver (CA).

Leo Bonanni (MIT Media Lab, USA)
Daniela Busse (Sap Labs (Palo Alto), USA)
John C Thomas (IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA)
Eli Blevis (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)
Marko Turpeinen (HIIT, Finland)
Nuno Jardim Nunes (Univ of Madeira, Portugal)

Submit your position paper by Feb 28 2011 to make it for the CHI early registration deadline. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Any submissions received by May 6th will be reviewed for acceptance.

The growing body of sustainable HCI shows that new interfaces may increase awareness and motivate action for environmental impact. Most of this research has been aimed at consumer decision-making, leaving out many professional domains.

However, more often than not, consumers are at the tail end of social and ecological impact of the products or services consumed, or lifestyles lived (albeit a long tail). The core contribution towards a sustainable future, though, still emanates from further up the chain: what kind of products (or services) are produced in the first place, and why; how are they manufactured and marketed; in what way is sustainable use & post-use built in to their design; how are businesses being run; and if societies set up to deal with the need for a sustainable lifestyle and possible ‘aftermaths’.

The decision-making that informs these choices takes place well beyond consumer-product interaction. Decision makers include the business entities and organizations in their societal context, including individual business owners and executives, down to professional users at all levels of the enterprise or institution at hand.

The goal of this workshop is to broaden the scope of Sustainability HCI to consider research questions user groups including professional users (be it independent, or large enterprise employees), small medium enterprise owners (SMEs), educators, designers, governments, or NGOs.

We propose a broadly applicable approach to sustainable HCI for emerging domains: visible – actionable – sustainable. In order to effect sustainable change, new interfaces need to make issues visible in order to promote actionable decisions towards socially and environmentally sustainable ends. These approaches can support sustainable decision-making for professional users and consumers alike, and could be used to bridge the chasm between consumer-oriented interfaces and enterprise-scale environmental and social sustainability software.

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