VR4Sustainability: How Virtual Reality can change our behaviors

Join swissnex Brazil and oikos International to discuss how VR can be employed in the education and sensitization to sustainability issues

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Event Details

Location

Webinar

Date

May 20th
15:30-16:30 Switzerland
10:30-11:30 Brazil

Cost

Free Webinar, registration required

From psychotherapy to education, Virtual Reality has became a tool applied in many fields. In fact, this technology provides the opportunity to embody, live, and understand existent realities and possible futures.

This is particularly interesting to encourage behavioral change for sustainability. By bringing psychologically distant events (both in time and space, as social inequalities or climate change) to people’s immediate reality, the relationship between human behavior and its impact can be made less abstract. VR has therefore the potential to foster social impact by showing the possible futures the individual can contribute to. NGOs are already making use of this technology to display their projects and their impact in the communities, which allows to present different perspectives and open dialogue between stakeholders. 

Even though VR experiences are currently human-assisted, the technology is on the way to becoming a mass consumer product, that can be used without any external support. Apart from the technical improvements to make it more affordable and convenient for user adoption, we need to be, as with all new technologies, aware of any ethical concerns that could emerge. 

As part of a cooperation between swissnex Brazil and oikos International, the webinar on “VR for Sustainability” will present how VR can be employed in the education and sensitization to sustainability issues. With Pedro Kayatt, Founder of VRMonkeyBruno Weis, Communication Coordinator at Instituto Socioambiental – ISA , Philippe Bertrand, Co-Founder of BeAnotherLab and Maximilian Stoller, Founder of respecTomorrow, we invite NGOs, educational institutions and sustainability-oriented organizations to explore with us the state of the art of VR in Brazil, some ethical concerns about this technology and examples of its application in sustainably-related projects. 

Date: 20th of May 2020
Time: 10:30 – Brazil / 15:30 – Switzerland

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Speakers

Maximilian Stoller
Maximilian Stoller is a Swiss Psychology student at the University of Zurich, with a minor in Environmental Sciences. He became the founder and Chairman of the student Environmental group “respecTomorrow”, which seeks scientific solutions to foster behavioural change and address sustainability challenges. His interest for Virtual Reality emerges from his researches focused on Developmental and Moral Psychology, Perception, Learning and Education.

Bruno Weis
Bruno Weis, 45, is father of two teenagers and a journalist in São Paulo. He is currently the  Communication Coordinator at the Instituto Socioambiental – ISA and one of the producers of the virtual reality short film “Fire in the Forest”, the first production in VR made in a village in the Xingu IndigenousTerritory.  Previously at Greenpeace, he was also in the production team of the full-length film “The Jabuti and the Tapir”.

Philippe Bertrand
Philippe Bertrand is a pioneer artist in Virtual Reality, co-founder of the art/research group BeAnotherLab, creator of the system The Machine to Be Another. PhD candidate at Paris Descartes (Psychology) and CRI (Educational Technology), his work is focused on how to use Embodied Virtual Reality to enhance empathic capacities, and how to design pedagogical methods using VR.

Pedro Kayatt
Pedro Kayatt is a Computer Engineer from the Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (USP), with a Master in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He is currently at the Interactive Technologies Laboratory of USP (Interlab). He founded Naked Monkey Games which, in 2015, received an Angel investment and pivoted to VRMonkey, a company developing high-quality Virtual Reality content.

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VR4Sustainability: Como a Realidade Virtual pode mudar nossos comportamentos

Da psicoterapia à educação, a Realidade Virtual tornou-se uma ferramenta que pode ser aplicada em diversas áreas. As tecnologias imersivas oferecem a oportunidade de vivenciar, simular e compreender as realidades existentes e os possíveis futuros.

Isto é particularmente interessante para encorajar mudanças comportamentais para a Sustentabilidade. Ao trazer eventos psicologicamente distantes (tanto no tempo quanto no espaço, como desigualdades sociais ou mudanças climáticas) para a realidade imediata das pessoas, pode-se tornar menos abstrata a relação entre o comportamento humano e seu impacto. A VR tem, portanto, o potencial de estimular ações de impacto social, mostrando possíveis futuros para os quais os indivíduos podem contribuir. ONGs já estão utilizando essa tecnologia para mostrar seus projetos e seus impactos nas comunidades, o que permite apresentar diferentes perspectivas e abrir espaço para diálogo entre atores envolvidos.

Ainda que por enquanto as experiências em VR demandem assistência para serem utilizadas, a tecnologia avança para se tornar em breve um produto de consumo de massa e ser utilizada sem qualquer suporte externo. Assim sendo, além das melhorias técnicas para torná-la mais acessível e conveniente, precisamos estar, como em todas as novas tecnologias, atentos a questões éticas que possam emergir.

Uma cooperação entre a swissnex Brasil e a oikos International, o webinar sobre “VR para Sustentabilidade” apresentará como a VR pode ser empregada na educação e sensibilização para as questões de sustentabilidade. Com a participação de Pedro Kayatt, Fundador da VRMonkeyBruno Weis, Coordenador de Comunicação do Instituto Socioambiental – ISA, Philippe Bertrand, Co-Fundador da BeAnotherLab e Maximilian Stoller, Fundador da respecTomorrow, convidamos ONGs, instituições educacionais e organizações orientadas para a sustentabilidade a explorar conosco o avanço mais recente da VR no Brasil, algumas preocupações éticas sobre essa tecnologia e exemplos de sua aplicação em projetos relacionados à sustentabilidade.

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