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BARTER: promoting local spending behavior

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Published
Publication date2014
Host publicationCHI EA '14 CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages1933-1938
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450324748
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, there is renewed interest in strategies for ensuring the future economic success of nations in a globalized marketplace. One of the main ideas being championed by governments is to promote growth by encouraging local spending, although it is not clear how to motivate this behavioral shift. Local currency initiatives are increasingly popular, though due to certain practicalities are rarely successful in fostering long term and widespread change in spending behaviors. We report on the development of a persuasive system (BARTER) that leverages mobile and ubiquitous technology to overcome some of the limitations of local currencies, while also providing users with the insight needed to determine for themselves how local spending may benet their community.