Request for feedback on my career plan for impact (560 words)post by tzuiop9c · 2020-02-21T14:42:30.609Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · EA · GW · 3 comments
I am in the process of making career choices for maximum impact and would love to ask for validation/invalidation of my reasoning.
My reasoning is based on this formula:
IMPACT = amount of causes i can help (A) x amount of people (B) x amount of time (C) x efficiency of methods (D)
In the following I will elaborate on my plan and then write about how the plan affects all 4 factors.
My plan(in two sentences) is to increase civic engagement by applying mechanics normally found in games (tabletop games, computer games, etc.) to the campaigns that organisations use to attract sympathisers’ money & time. Then I want to create an online-platform where organisations can post missions & mini-courses and volunteers can do them.
How this plan affects Factor A (amount of causes I can help)
Volunteer Engagement is not specific to one cause. Improvements here can help many organisations. To ensure that this knowledge spreads, I hope to make it available online. To make sure organisations are not dependent on me/my organisation’s cooperation, I will create the online platform. So an unlimited amount of organisations could use the techniques and the platform.
How this plan affects Factor B (amount of people)
Gamification (the use of game mechanics to achieve behavioural outcomes in non-gaming contexts) would, in my opinion, increase the amount of people willing to get involved with prosocial organisations.
Games can structure, optimise the experience of helping such an organisation. Guiding sympathisers through the process of learning about an organisation and doing first steps helps overcome barriers of information and uncertainty, which exclude low-intensity volunteers. Often only people with loads of time can understand and contribute to organisations.
I believe for every high-intensity volunteer there are 10 sympathisers that would like to act, but are excluded from participation by the previously mentioned barriers. Their experience needs to be structured, like a game designer would structure the experience of a player.
How this Plan affects Factor C (amount of time)
Sympathisers would spend more time volunteering if a) they are neither over-whelmed or underwhelmed and b) they are not kept passive.
Games/Structure allow creation of a gradual increase in challenge, which people like, because they are neither bored nor stressed. Also missions should make players active - people like being active, and taking actions for a cause increases emotional investment.
How this plan affects Factor D (efficiency of methods)
Humans tend to drift towards emotionally satisfying activities. Unfortunately for volunteering this means that often things are done which are emotionally satisfying, e.g. because they are drastic or get high publicity) but are not necessarily effective.
Inside the online platform, key lessons about efficiency could be taught along the way when supporters complete missions or in mini-courses. Also the designers of courses (experts from the organisations) can make choices about efficiency that are then followed by all their supporters.
My plan is teaching how to use gamification for civic engagement, and creating an online-platform where such gamified missions/courses can be hosted.
I hope that this is an impactful plan because it addresses the four above-mentioned factors.
I would love to hear any thoughts: Do you think there are flaws within the plan ? Do you think there is something outside of the plan, some consideration, which I have not made ?
Thank you for your time and attention !
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