Summer Milestone 2 Pumas Gob

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Our team actively drew the two story boards of the different forms of government.
We then created a form: https://goo.gl/4b1UTg and requested people to pick which of the two ways of government they preferred.


Methods

To examine people's preferences for the two forms of government we recruited participants from both offline and online spaces in an attempt to avoid unintentionally recruiting only highly active social media users. To recruit online, we posted invitations to our formsin different Facebook groups, pages, and twitter randomly selected from public listings. To recruit offline, we approached people in public spaces (e.g., bus stops and parks) and invited them to participate in our study. Participants were shown the two story boards and were asked to select their desired form of governance (offline users were given a tablet to participate.)
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Image: Participant selecting form of governance.

Results

  • A total of 65 individuals participated in our study.
  • We had a tie between the form of governance which was preferred.
  • There was no clear preference among participants.

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Discussion

It was very interesting to see that people did not have a clear preference for one form of governance than the other. It is likely that people see the advantages and the disadvantages of each form of governance. For instance, the participatory democracy can help people to feel more involved and have the confidence that what they collectively voted for, is what will take place. However, people also likely see that such form of governance means that they must dedicate more time to the platform (to consider the options and vote. Additionally, what the crowd votes for might not necessarily be the most optimal outcome. It is unclear whether the crowd has the large vision of where the platform should head. The leader board can better ensure that qualified individuals are driving the platform. However, crowds might feel they are not well represented; or that an obscure force (the leader board) is deciding for them.

Suggestions

We believe both forms of government have its benefits and its drawbacks. It would be interesting however to understand what are the drawbacks that are the most important for people and that swayed them to vote for one form of governannce over the other.
Better understanding people's preferences and fears could help us to design a form of governance that is better suited for crowd workers, requestors, and researchers.
We propose to do the following
Recommendations

  • Conduct interviews with requestors, workers and researchers to understand why they selected one platform over the other.
  • Identify the main traits of each platform that people see as benefits and as drawbacks.
  • Use the understanding to design a form of governance that covers people's needs and preferences.


Additional comments
We believe that people might be swayed for the participatory democracy because this form of governance can cause that everyone can feel more confident and express their ideas freely, as it can be used to improve the platform generally.

We can mention that with this vote, the way you think most people is just and truly democratic way.

Our team agrees with the decision of the votes of the people, Because we think it is right that the community of workers, requesters and developers using the plataform, they themselves can see and acknowledge mistakes, in order to improve this platform to provide better use to users, generating confidence, as it is expected to have an impact to them, to openly discuss problems, surely this will provide trust in people, because it has the freedom to express their discomfort. On the other hand, a possible disadvantage is that get out of context and lose importance.