There's an interesting thread of thought on the RSA design & behaviour blog about nudges and resourcefulness (in the context of us becoming an infantilised society). I'm reading Nudge at the minute, and getting pretty interested in this whole behavioural economics thing. So I got really interested when Mr Vagabond spoke about a sign at Ayers Rock (at the Do Lectures last week) that prompts tourists not to climb the rock in respect for Aboriginal beliefs.
It got me thinking about well placed nudges that can help us to stop and question our values & beliefs before making decisions (whilst still allowing people to be resourceful and make their own decisions). Another example being the Radiohead pay as much as you like album, which urged the consumer to question their own values to resourcefully decide on the albums worth to them individually. I think we could do with a few more nudges that make us think, especially around real ethical everyday decisions that would otherwise see us just follow the heard.