Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Turning Data into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at CITRIS | CITRIS

An encouraging social snapshot (via ACM TechNews)

"At the Social Apps Lab, we aim to harness the participatory and creative energies of game-play to address social issues," says James Holston, "because when it comes to participation, the key question is motivation: How do you get people to do something?"

The Social Apps Lab creates free applications based on playful ways to get users to explore their environments, engage local issues, promote public health, and become active citizens. With support from CITRIS, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley, their current projects include tackling dengue fever, reducing asthma, and engaging citizens in local urban issues.

Turning Data into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at CITRIS | CITRIS

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