Change is Possible
Change is Possible
/ September 29, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Cool Choices inspires environmentally sustainable actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in playful ways, including games, to engage people. Studies show that information, alone, is rarely enough to motivate change. Years of research tells us that humans are not naturally motivated to change their practices today based on future risks, especially when those risks are…

It’s About Playing the Game, Not the Prizes
/ June 7, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Since Cool Choices gives corporate employees opportunities to win by being more sustainable, we are always interested in other workplace gamification efforts.   A recent piece about games as part of wellness programs caught our attention.  The article showcased several models and talked about how organizers used prizes to generate interest and participation. In the end,…

Breaking Old Habits with New Games
/ February 9, 2012 0 COMMENTS

A recent Xcel Energy blog debunking energy myths illustrates the interconnections between our products and our habits. The blog addressed the practice of pre-rinsing dishes for the dishwasher, asserting for a second time that this was not necessary.  The echo post was prompted by the feedback Xcel got the first time they said pre-rinsing wasn’t…

Gamification: A How To
/ August 18, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Sustainability is hard to define and understanding what it might mean is complicated, often lonely, and not always fun.  It is no wonder that many sustainability programs fail to inspire widespread changes.  It is tedious to conduct an energy audit.  It is hard to sort through nontoxic cleaning items.  And very few people ever want…

The Revolution Will be Gamified
/ August 11, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Rollin Bishop on the pitfalls of the games-as-change-agent concept in post titled “Achievement Unlocked: ‘Gamification’ is Subversive” …giving out badges or achievements to people who eat healthy or perform their daily hygiene isn’t exactly an evil to end all evils. But there’s also no real ability to regulate who truly is and is not doing…