Tribe – how to use resource development

Tribe: neighbourhood communities




The Tribe is a stage in the development where I am researching and surveying neighbourhoods as a potential tribe/user group. This tribe would be able to represent a UK community in which the context of sustainability from South Africa by means of more efficiently using available resources could be applied to.


Research into cooperative theories and survey methods


Thesis Dig for victory


Looking back to my thesis chapter 1.2, I found that the tribes that were influenced me were the small communities of neighbours who were able to take liberal approaches to sustaining their society by cooperating to grow food in “dig for Victory”.


Thesis generations of sustainability


As well as the way communities in South Africa cooperated and worked together by means of rationing resources as seen in chapter 1.2 and 2.2. These factors.


Pierre Levy collective intelligence


Pierre Levy’s theory of collective intelligence reflects that by working as a group and sharing knowledge, the overall intelligence of the group grows. I theories that by applying this theory towards a small community and sharing knowledge between residents in the form of methods of sustainability, these neighbours can can adapt to overcome the issues od sustainability.


Richard Sennet Together


As expressed in my thesis chapter 1.3, I theories that Richard sennets theory of cooperation can be applied to neighbourhood communities, allowing humans as “pack animals” to come together, overcoming stereotypes and crate a diverse community with experience that can contribute to the communities overall means of overcoming issues in sustainability.


Survey method research


Multi choice surveys are an ideal method of providing the targeted group a choice that relates to the question and allows the people to narrow down their response. I believe this would be ideal method for identifying the needs of the community as topics often relate to sustainability are wide ranging and may not be relevant.







Looking over my research I feel that use of collective intelligence and cooperation needs to play a key role in the experience towards a sustainability design. However it is apparent that what the tribe defines as sustainability needs to be explored to identify how to provide them the means of reaching their goal of sustainability.


Application of research


I plan to apply the multi choice survey method towards a planning a survey layout. While multi choice is effective in providing the means of focusing the questions, I feel that the questions require a open box where the initial responses can be explained with personal responses.


Plan of survey layout




In order to understand the community and their goal of sustainability, I am planning a layout for the survey that defines sustainability and gives context to what sustainability means for the residents of the neighbourhood.


Plan of layout


I plan to keep the survey to the point of identifying f there is a goal of sustainability within the community and defining what sustainability they are seeking. The layout of the survey will make use of a multi choice option that will have additional information relating to that choice. An additional box will be made identified as other for additional personal responses that the users will have towards the questions.


What is you goal of sustainability?


The first question is minimalist as it establishes first whether the community has a goal of sustainability.


Defining sustainability for multi choice


These types of sustainability are influenced by the way sustainability is defined in the UK by the NPPF as seen in my thesis chapter 1.1.


Economical sustainability – The efficiently use of resources to lessen lifestyle costs such as energy bill


Social Sustainability – More effectively using what available to preserve and enhance social bonds, online communication, pet interaction and Online media such as YouTube and streamed news


Environmental sustainability – The enhancement of healthy environment and food source through an improved quality of plant and food growth.


Reflection of layout


The use of a goal and defining methods of reaching that goal provides an effective means of understanding the mind set of sustainability.


Application of layout


Applying this layout towards a small neighbourhood community can give the perspective of the residents and their mind set, but also acts as a tribe in which variants of multi choice layout with room for explanation can be used for further contextual surveys.


Contextual survey – neighbourhood community


Purpose of contextual survey


I am conducting an interview in order to gain perspective and feedback on the sustainable design prototype I am developing for small communities towards reaching sustainability through more efficient resource use in order to sustain themselves in the form of economical, social and environmental sustainability.


Neighbourhood Community


This location is the Lions Mill estate, a community that has grown with the development of a small town called Soham.


I aim to apply my thesis and introduce my prototypes to this community as a demonstration of how the means of sustaining lifestyle from one context is brought to the context of this community’s lifestyle to help them reach their goal of sustainability.


Community feedback


Resident response to goal of sustainability


“I don’t really have a goal for sustainability”


“Can you give me examples of sustainability?”


At this point I referred to the defining forms of sustainability as defined in the plan


The sustainability the users relate to as a goal


“I would say social sustainability is a big part of my life, not only in my own time but also for work since I design for social media and staying connected is a big part of supporting my lifestyle”





We as yet have not really felt a shortage of resources such as food, water, electricity and data. The way we live leads us to not directly feel yet the impact that this behaviour has over our lifestyle.


Application of survey knowledge


The sustainable design needs to aims to prepare and help people in circumstances towards sustainability that they are not yet familiar as clarified by the lack of sustainability goals revealed in the survey































The Collecting stage is where I am developing the means of creating a database in which resource information can be stored in order to give credit to the use of physical resources within the neighbourhood tribe lifestyle.


Research on collecting resources:


Purpose of researching collecting methods


The purpose of conducting research into methods of collecting resources is to identify the means in which resources used can be gathered and give credit to the means of sustaining resources.


Thesis WW2 Rationing Research Inspiration of making resource


In my thesis I delved into how rationing books were used to give a value and credit system towards the resources being used. By doing this the resources usage could materialise in a context in which the users could more efficiently use them and sustain them for tasks essential to their lifestyle.


Method of Gathering resource for Database



A food resource database can be made using quality check equipment that will create a reading of the food in regards to natural fruits and vegetable and define what food grown is available. This method is best used as an in the moment database response.



The water resource database for a community can be made using a weight sensor that updates as water is used and collected. Allowing people to ration water use.




Electricity can be monitored using sensors that track energy transferred through plug sockets and powering appliances.


Data (resource for internet)


Using net limiter, I am putting together a database for data used for the accessing of the Internet, social applications and media such as YouTube to allow people to understand the usage of data.


Node Red personal Database


Node red in this flow uses a node called mongodb, which is a node, which transfer statistical onto an online database where the information can be accessed. This node is typically used for economical statistics and interactive designs in storing tweets related to specific topics.




In my research into means of creating a database to give credit to resources, I found that the most ideal methods is the use of electricity which when applied to a node red software may be possible to store energy use in the form of statistics. Another method that showed promise is the use of a moisture sensor that can be used to monitor the state of food, creating a credit based system to monitor food sustainability.


Application of research on database


In response to how resources can be collected a plan needs to be put into place as to what context the resources will be collected under and for what purpose will collecting the resource allow a means of sustaining resources.


Plan of making personal database


Purpose of planning personal database


In order to create a database I am planning the method that will be used based on research conducted and the context of what the resources within the database is being used for.


Node red compatible device: edimax smart plug


Using a smart plug Plan on building a database of the energy used for specific devices that my cased studies demonstrated to have the most energy use.


Natural food database


I plan to use a soil moisture sensor, in order to added credit to the health of natural plants within the environment and in doing so allow users within a community to sustain the health of the plants in which food can be grown.




According to my plan the use of a edimax plug may be the ideal method for monitoring the use of electricity and using that information to construct database.




The next stage of my development would be to apply this plan in experimentation to see if the technology can indeed monitor these resources and identify if that information can be used to put together a database that gives credit to resource usage.


Having identified the means of collecting resources, I find that the use of electricity may





Experiment of making database


Purpose of making database


Following my theory seen in my thesis, I am creating a database for the various basic resources ranging from food, electricity and data.

By doing this I can give value to the resources and give context to when and how these resources show be managed. As mentioned by the tales, people are more likely to take action towards sustainability when they understand how much resources are available.


Soil Moisture sensor


Soil moisture provides an effective means of monitoring the health and therefore the quality of plants. By monitoring the health of the quality of the plants the health of the fruit can be monitored as well.


Edimax Plug energy collection


The use of a smart plug and node red provides a means of collecting the resource associated electricity use, revealing potential in the context of what electricity is used for.





Reflecting upon the experiments I have conducted to make a database, the use of the edimax plug has the most ranged uses due to the variety of tools which we use electricity in our lifestyle.


Application of knowledge towards prototype


Based on my reflections I believe an additional step is required which looks into the variety of information that this database can be used to record and give credit to. The


Following the transition of energy towards the creation of data as a resource distributed through routers, the edimax could be used to track how much energy is used to provide the data for online interaction such as posting and streaming media.


Prototype: Electricity transition between heat and data


Purpose of prototype


The purpose of adapting experimentation into a prototype tool is to use it as a tool in which the variety of resources and context of use can be required. Here I aim to use the method of making a database as the means to test energies relationship with physical tasks and how electricity usage can be used to give credit to data as a Wi-Fi resource can be used.


Energy to heat


In order to understand how the transition of energy, I conducted a survey using the edimax that tracked how energy is consumed through the Kettle (social object). Demonstrating the large amount of energy required to produce heat.


Energy survey – doing more with less with energy


Kettle –


Energy transition to statistic data


Following the transition of energy towards the creation of data as a resource distributed through routers, I am conducting a survey that uses the edimax to track how much energy is used to provide the data for online interaction such as posting and streaming media.


Electricity to data


YouTube – high

Upload – high




Application of prototype towards data (Wi-Fi resource) materialisation



How to use resource


Once a Database was created that could give credit to the resources being used within the tribe, a method for how to use the resource database and how the users would interact with the resource needs to be developed. Here I explore methods in which the users usage of resources can be used as as part of a narrative experience for sustainability.


Research into how to use resource


Resource representation



Social Things: reacting to circumstance


Reactive Interactive Software:




Node red





Plan of reactive experience


These follow plans in which the databases previously made and the software researched can be used in context of using resources for daily life, as a reactive response to resource use.


The responsive gardening kit


This prototype connects you to the condition of your natural environment, whether it is plants or food growing. The Kit allows you to feel the growth and health of the plants/food, provides the knowledge and tools to sustain and react to make your garden flourish.


Tribe member’s response to plan


“I really like it because I cant grow anything and having something that allows you to feel how when and how to take care of the fruit/plants would really help”


“I think you can expand it to feel when is the right time to cut your lawn like they say to dot when the sun is out”


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Responsive data resource provider


The responsive prototype reacts to the usage of data as the resource that allows us to access and interact with the cyberspace that is integrated into our social lives. These interactions take the form of social media, streamed entertainment and access knowledge. The prototype uses a router and reacts to how the resource is used and provides suggestions to best use it.


Resident response to prototype


“This is an engaging idea and I think you can expand on it by involving the community and provide suggestions on consumption like a top ten high data usage”


Electricity appliance responsive device


Collective Knowledge and resource awareness materialized in reaction to the circumstance behind resource usage






Application towards Situation reactive experience:


The use of a situation reactive experience allows the applying one context and am applying them in a different concept, here in the UK.



Applied to Tales




Applied to materialised resources