Social Circles - Designing a self-sustaining volunteering model -
Nikole' Puskas, K1262996 MA Design for Development
I have decided to research and go deeper into the ﬁeld of psychology, and socio-‐psychology, because I would like to understand why do people have barriers, why are there many who would not volunteer. I would like to know their honest opinion, without any pressure or making them feeling guilty….therefore I decided to go towards psychology, and create a friendly, easy-‐ going and fun survey for them…
Socio-psychology InvesIgaIng society Individual characterisIcs – group characterisIcs Features of group behaviour / interacIons Reasonableness CharacterisIcs of cooperaIon Mutual dependence (how do we aﬀect each other’s behaviour) • Rivalry • Social interacIon • Prosocial behaviour (aim is to do good for others) • • • • • •
Observations • Importance of communicaIon in our lives • There is exisIng interacIon as long as the exchange is proﬁtable • People are always moIvated by money…take it out of the equaIon and subsItute with other – be'er – things to moIvate them
The last point really got me thinking and I realised there are be'er things to oﬀer to people other than money…things they truly crave for, but cannot buy it, get it easily…..for example, the idea of bringing blind / speed daIng and community work under the same roof….they can ﬁnd ‘the one’ in a non-‐ pressurized, non-‐sterile environment, while doing something good for society….
Lets create the survey! – psychology of survey making The statement bears the evaluaIon Order of quesIons are essenIal General – special inﬂuences AssimilaIon – contrast Atmosphere of the ‘interview’ Inﬂuences: people’s feeling, morale, community values, public opinion • Norms • • • • • •
Aim: Get to know why wouldn’t people be willing to do community work? (factors of it) -> What would make them participate…
Hopefully a^er I evaluate the survey it will point me to the right direcIon, and prove the raison d'étre of my theory of oﬀering something to people which brings real values in their lives and make it complete. This would be a perfect win-‐ win situaIon and based on good experience and happiness I am quite certain they would introduce it to other people as well….
At the Ime of my presentaIon, I have already received some impressively quick response, but sIll awaiIng on more, so I can make staIsIcs and come to conclusions. This is the next step, which will be a big help for the Deﬁne phase.