Saturday, June 08, 2013

Spotted: Using crowdsourcing to support pro-environmental community activism

On using mobiles to support mass movements. 

// published on Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems-Latest Proceeding Volume // visit site

Using crowdsourcing to support pro-environmental community activism
Elaine Massung, David Coyle, Kirsten F. Cater, Marc Jay, Chris Preist

Community activist groups typically rely on core groups of highly motivated members. In this paper we consider how crowdsourcing strategies can be used to supplement the activities of pro-environmental community activists, thus increasing the scalability of their campaigns. We focus on mobile data collection applications and strategies that can be used to engage casual participants in pro-environmental data collection. We report the results of a study that used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the impact of different motivational factors and strategies, including both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. The study compared and provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of two extrinsic motivation strategies, pointification - a subset of gamification - and financial incentives.

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