Who rules with which rules?

By | May 8th, 2015|Tags: , |

The Social Rules project directed by Paul Steinberg of Harvey Mudd College is a great project that shows the importance of rules and norms in every day live, especially in the context of sustainability. Besides a book, an animation they also provide a game. A great educational source. http://www.rulechangers.org

Traffic Jams at the Top of the World

By | May 26th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , |

On May 29 1953, 60 years ago, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepali Tenzing Norgay, were the first humans to reach the top of the Mount Everest. Since then more than 4000 people have reached the top. It has become an industry to guide people to the top of the world and consequently there are even traffic jams since many people reach the top at the same moment. The large number of people going to the top is causing problems. Since climbers leave behind trash, bodies (about 1% of the climbers die), and human waste, the top gets polluted. There are no trash collectors passing by. In order to improve the conditions and clean up the mess, some new rules are proposed, such as restricting access and providing only access to groups who do not leave waste behind. You can imagine that this is difficult to monitor, and one will be dependent on peer punishment and reputation building. Reputation will be important since expedition leaders go to the top many years in a row with guided clients who pay big amount of money in an effort to reach the top. In an article in the National Geographic it is mentioned that [...]

Boundary rules in Disney World

By | May 18th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Every day many people go to Disney World, and many of the visitors want to attend one of the attractions of the park. Unfortunately there are more people going to Disney World than there are places available in the attractions to quickly enjoy one and move to the other. This leads to long lines, up to an hour or more. Continue reading “Boundary rules in Disney World” »