Positive Design Manifesto – Pamela Pavliscak

March 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences is leading some fascinating work with purpose. Technology has been burdened with much of our 21st century misery, but with intention can be a force for positivity and happiness in deeper ways.

So much attention is focused on how technology makes us sad, lonely, addicted, lazy, and maybe a little stupid. At the same time, we know that technology also makes us feel smart, whole, and connected. What if we could intentionally design technologies for positive emotions and outcomes? This is at the heart of positive design.

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Excerpts from slide presentation: The Science of Happy Design


  • Positive design creates autonomy. It creates technologies where people can help themselves, learn and feel a sense of mastery.
  • Positive design builds trust. It provides safe spaces, where people are treated with respect, care, and empathy in the short-term and the long-term.
  • Positive design supports creativity. It gives people the opportunity to play and try things out without negative effect, to discover new things about themselves, and to create.
  • Positive design fosters connection. It is filled with people we care about—whether real-life friends, people we met online, or people we want to meet. It is about community.
  • Positive design enables meaning. It lets people engage with the world in new ways, providing continuity between technology spaces and real-world spaces.

Excerpt from The positive design manifesto.

Read the blog on happiness and technology here and a selection of presentations connecting the dots between emotional design, quantified self, gamification, behavioral economics and positive psychology to design technologies for pleasure and purpose here.

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