I have less – to enjoy more (100 Things Challenge Design Fiction)

1 > R E S E A R C H

Evolution of topic

Religion + Resources (Religious environmentalism)
Ascetic Ideal (A lifestyle of abstinence from worldly pleasures)
100 Things Challenge

Religion + Resources (Religious environmentalism)
I started with the inquiry into the possible role of religion in the arena of environmental conservation. Such activists do exist and there is a call for religions to come together for new religious consciousness to fight the global environmental crisis. This is nothing new. Religions in India, which were practiced for hundreds of years, have long considered the environment to be sacred, as they show deep reverence for their source of water, the sun, the forestry and its inhabitants.

Ascetic Ideal 
Instead of creating a design fiction for only the deeply religious, I wanted to seek for some thing that is more palatable for the average public. I researched into how people practice environmentalism, without a religion, but in a ritualistic manner. I began researching about asceticism.

Asceticism – describes a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures (often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals)
“Worldly” asceticism – people who live ascetic lives but do not withdraw from the world.
–  Targeted against worldly pleasures that “distract” people from their calling
–  E.g. Quakers and Amish consider color as distracting. 

100 Things Challenge
Going even more secular in nature, I learnt about the 100 Things Challenge.
100 thing challenge
A simple living movement by Dave Bruno
100TC is about creating better relationships of all kinds through
the formative power of simplicity.The big idea involves decluttering to not allowing our material things take control over our lives. Intrigued by the simple concept advocating simplicity, I dug deeper to questions the
– Motivations
– Process
– Consequences of the 100 Things Challenge


– Good for the environment? Good for us?
– What is the real meaning behind ‘having enough’?
– A hip movement? A legislation? A self-motivated challenge?
– Secular motivation – to minimise living expenses, a test of will, lifestyle choice


-What makes a thing worthy to keep?
-What makes a thing unworthy enough to throw?
-Is sentimental value rational or emotional?
-What will a rich person do? What will a poor person do?
Some people don’t even have 100 things in their lives. What do they do?


What happens to our lives (attitudes, goals, lifestyle, principles …) after decluttering?
What happens to the things after we declutter them?
What happens to us when we declutter? Are we happier? More relieved? Struggling?
What happens to businesses when people consume less and purchase less impulsively?
What new habits will people engage in?
What do people do with the extra time, space and money?
Will there be:

-More sharing (With 1 of everything in the family, what happens to the family?)
-Better choices (What happens at the supermarket?)
-Faster decisions (What happens every morning / every meal?)
-Less overwhelmed with choices (What are our options now?)
-Better co-ordination (What if there is only 1 set of utensils for a family?)
-More respect for things (What does it mean to take care?)
-More guilt (What if someone gives you a present?)
-More helpful (What if someone’s item is damaged?)
-More time (With less distractions, what do you do with the time?)
-More money (Spending less on things, what else will you do?)
-What happen to the things after decluttering?
Decluttering makes us realise:
-what is necessary
-what do i love
-what don’t i need.

2 > S T O R Y B O A R D S

Storyboard 1
Challenges how the 100 Things Challenge can be a family affair, instead of an individual obsession. Focused more illustrating the Consequences (mentioned earlier) of 100 Things Challenge.

100things family-s

Storyboard 2
Offers more perspectives of the 100 Things Challenge from families with a variety of backgrounds. How differently would a rich, average and poor family adapt their lifestyles to adopt the 100 Things challenge? What is a cheat that defile the message? What about families which don’t have a 100 items to start with?
Rich average poor family-s

Storyboard 3 
Found an infographic which creates a framework for categorising things.
Focuses on using the framework to illustrate the transitions/ process that a family needs to undertake to join the 100 Things Challenge movement.
Ends with some candid speculations of the consequences of 100 Things Challenge in the future.
Process / transitions into 100 Things Challenge
Candid Speculations of the consequences of 100 Things Challenge

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