Action Path is location-based survey platform for Android smartphones that crowdsources feedback from citizens in a way that fosters civic learning through reflective political practice. Existing platforms for civic engagement, whether online or offline, are inconvenient and disconnected from the source of issues they are meant to address. They require that citizens leave the places they normally inhabit physically or virtually and commit to a separate space and set of processes. Action Path is designed to answer the challenge: How do you address barriers to effective engagement in community projects, and ensure all citizens can have their voice heard on how to improve their local communities? It does so by converting individual actions into collective action and by providing context and a sense of efficacy, which may help citizens become more effective through regular practice and feedback.
Related Talks and Publications
- Graeff, E. 2014. ‘Crowdsourcing as Reflective Political Practice: Building a Location-based Tool for Civic Learning and Engagement.’ Presented at Internet, Politics, and Policy 2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK, Sep 26.
- Graeff, E. 2014. ‘Action Path: a location-based tool for civic reflection and engagement.’ S.M. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Graeff, E. 2014. ‘Action Path: A Location-Based Tool for Civic Reflection and Engagement.’ To be presented at Place, (Dis)Place and Citizenship, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Mar 22.
Participated in the Knight Foundation-funded Moby Dick Project workshop on July 29, 2011 at Stanford’s d.school, where we used design thinking to develop ideas and interface mockups for re-inventing the way people consume news.
My group focused on the problem of background context for news stories. Our solution was an app or web interface for reading articles which incorporated a timeline of articles on the topic displayed as an interactive graph of news volume over time, and the ability to search for related articles by a keyword referring to either a related topic or an alternate perspective on the story. Below the graph, headlines of the most-read articles, fitting within the window of time the user is browsing and categorized by your selected keywords, are listed. Navigation history would be stored in scrollable panes so that users could browse laterally or dive deeply and the return to the original article. [A video of my presentation of our interface is below.]
Group Presentation Video
Original Call for Participation
Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It’s 1899?
Designed drop cards for Awesome Foundation events in 2009.
I designed the cards using Adobe Illustrator with trim and bleed marks to be print-ready.
Designed flyer for a 2006 UNICEF trick-or-treat fundraiser I organized.
I co-organized the fundraiser in 2005 and 2006 with a fellow student after writing an editorial in Reporter, RIT’s student-run news magazine, advocating for similar projects ahead of RIT’s Thanksgiving break [see link below for editorial text].
Editorial Tear Sheet
Designed logo and website for a new media publication at RIT.
Logo and web site home page mockups were designed in Adobe Illustrator. The logo was used on materials advertising the new publication but condu.it was never published.
Site Design Iteration 1
Site Design Iteration 2
Site Design Iteration 3