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Lab Log #16: From Canvas to Behavioural Change

Behavioural change has been called the 'last mile' of social transformation. What does this actually mean? We got the answer to this question in the March HERÄÄMÖ.


Mikael Seppälä


The wicked problems cannot be solved if we continue behaving in the same way as when the problems were created in the first place. That to be said, society changes only by behavioural change. Behavioural Design is a new hybrid discipline that combines behavioural science with design thinking.

In Sitra Lab’s HERÄÄMÖ event on 25.3.2020, we were joined by behavioural design expert Ashwin Rajan from Fabric Consulting, who spoke about behavioural change and taught us how it can be achieved with the help of a tool he has developed Behaviour Design Canvas. His approach is to drive change by moving people to take action. Check out Ashwin’s introduction to the HERÄÄMÖ event here:

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The March HERÄÄMÖ was the first completely online HERÄÄMÖ and it brought together over 150 people to both hear about the topic and also test the use of the Behaviour Design Canvas.

You can watch Ashwin’s presentation including his guidelines into how to use the canvas here:

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HERÄÄMÖ 25032020 – Behaviour Change for Societal Transformation

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Ashwin Rajan, Head Behaviour Design, Fabric Consulting

Ashwin leads the behaviour design practice at Fabric, the firm he founded to help companies focus on and achieve behaviour change. Ashwin’s twenty plus year experience spans private, public and non-profit sectors at firms such as Fjord / Accenture and Deloitte. He is Psychology & Sociology Graduate from India and a Pilot Year scholar from Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), Denmark. With Fabric, he has educated and consulted for a number of Finnish organisations in their innovation efforts, including Elisa, VTT, SOK, Visit Finland and others.

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