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Title: The Gamification of Civic Participation: Two Experiments in Improving the Skills of Citizens to Reflect Collectively on Spatial Issues
Authors: Devisch, Oswald
Poplin, A.
Sofronie, Simona
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: JOURNAL OF URBAN TECHNOLOGY, 23 (2), p. 81-102
Abstract: For civic participation to lead to sustainable civic engagement, participants need to go through a process of collective reflection. Games have been put forward as tools to support this process. The commercialization of the Internet, mobile communication devices, and sensing technologies precipitated a substantial increase in the development and use of games, gamified environments, and playful experiences, to the extent that scholars speak of the gamification of society. The goal of this paper is to investigate the potential of gamification to improve the skills of citizens to reflect collectively on spatial issues in their daily environment. The paper presents two gamification experiments; B3-Design your Marketplace! and Cure for the Campus. It discusses the extent to which they support collective reflection operationalized as a process during which the players are triggered to (1) observe their environment; (2) categorize their observations; and (3) structure these categories. It analyzes the first results gained based on these two cases and discusses their limitations and further research directions.
Notes: Correspondence Address: Oswald Devisch, Hasselt University, Faculty of Architecture & Arts, Agoralaan Gebouw E, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. E-mail: oswald.devisch@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/21438
DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2015.1102419
ISI #: 000382498800006
ISSN: 1063-0732
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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