WeDo: End-To-End Computer Supported Collective Action

  • Haoqi Zhang ,
  • Andrés Monroy-Hernández ,
  • Aaron Shaw ,
  • Sean A. Munson ,
  • Elizabeth Gerber ,
  • Benjamin Mako Hill ,
  • Peter Kinnaird ,
  • Shelly D. Farnham ,
  • Patrick Minder ,
  • Shelly D. Farnham, Ph.D.


Published by AAAI

Many celebrate the Internet’s ability to connect individuals and facilitate collective action toward a common goal. While numerous systems have been designed to support particular
aspects of collective action, few systems support participatory, end-to-end collective action in which a crowd or community identifies opportunities, formulates goals, brainstorms
ideas and develops plans, mobilizes, and takes action. To explore the possibilities and barriers in supporting such interactions, we introduce WeDo, a system aimed at promoting simple forms of participatory, end-to-end collective action. Pilot deployments of WeDo illustrate that sociotechnical systems can support automated transitions through different phases of end-to-end collective action, but that challenges, such as the elicitation of leadership and the accommodation of existing group norms, remain.