Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Coming Up: No Impact Man Project

If you've read this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm keenly interested in the alternative hedonism approach to environmental behavior change promoted by Colin Beavan, who calls himself No Impact Man. You might also know that Beavan has launched the No Impact Project, a social experiment of sorts that is an effort to scale up his experiment to others and perhaps, in the process, spread positive social change. And I'm presenting a few papers on NIM at the Western States Communication Association conference in Anchorage in March (and yes, I realize that flying to Alaska to present papers is not a positive ecological behavior. I'm working on it).

In any case, in preparation for finalizing those papers and thinking more about the NIM franchise, I'm going to be participating in the No Impact Man Project next week, and I'll be blogging about it a bit here. I'll be collecting my trash today in preparation for the experiment. Collected so far: a q-tip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your husband know you're about to do this?

How will he react?
With eye-rolling.

How will you teach your children about what you're doing?
Self-righteous lecturing.

Is it a good idea to try to do this during the first week of classes?
No. But I'm doing it anyway.

Keep an eye out for those posts, folks, or--better yet--join me and we can commiserate!

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