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  • 1. TextCompassion A conceptual design by Coulton Bunney Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design Social Calm To increase calm in one’s life through the use of technology. Time limit: 10 days
  • 2. TextCompassion
    • Persuasive Purpose
      • To increase calm in one’s life through actively engaging them in self-selected acts of self-compassion.
    • Industrial Design: Texting / Social Website
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 3. User Description
      • College students or young adults who are extremely stressed from overwork. These people really would like to be compassionate, but never realize that self-compassion is a way to be so.
      • A simple reframing of doing good for oneself would make them realize that these will actually help them do better jobs by relieving stress.
        • Age: 18-25, Male or Female
        • Constantly texting friends/clients
        • Work / take classes for ~10 hours per day
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 4. An act of self-compassion Jason navigates to the TextCompassion social website and sees that he has completed his self-selected act of compassion once. Jason has calmed down, and realizes that his act of self-compassion will help him manage the tons of work he has left. Jason has been working extremely hard all day long, and it still feels as if he has barely made a dent in his work. He realizes that he is going to have to stay up for several extra hours to catch up. Jason receives a text. It says, “Take one minute out to be self-compassionate in the way that you have chosen. You’ve been working hard. Text back how many times you’ve been self-compassionate today.” Right then and there, Jason pulls out his headphones and plays a new song that his favorite artist just released. He then texts back “1” to the TextCompassion number. He sees another person has completed a five minute walk twice, and thinks that that will be his next self-compassionate act. Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 5. Prototype of TextCompassion
      • Email: user sign up
        • email address
        • phone number
        • self-chosen act of compassion
      • Website
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design Self-compassionate act on wall Progress in completing that act
    • Texting:
      • Daily reminders to be self-compassionate
      • Text-backs to update progress
  • 6. Features/Functionality
      • Self-selected acts of self-compassion
      • - users commit themselves to an act of self-compassion
      • - users’ acts are posted onto a social wall for all to see
      • - progress is marked by use of check mark system
      • Interactive texting
      • - texts are sent at noon to encourage engagement in self-compassion
      • - users text back to have their progress noted on the social wall
      • Social compassion wall
      • - self-compassionate acts are displayed/updated daily on wall
      • - users can get ideas for their next act by looking at the wall
      • - keeps running log of which acts people are most engaged with
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 7. Theoretical Justifications
      • Why self-compassion?
      • Many meditation and compassion cultivation protocols use self-compassion as a springboard for further compassionate action.
      • Calming?
      • Compassionate actions, such as smiling at another person, have been shown to decrease stress and give an overall greater sense of wellbeing.
      • Social aspect?
      • Because it might be hard to get ideas for how to be self-compassionate, a constantly evolving wall of ideas is both helpful and encouraging in that other people can show their support by engaging in the same action.
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 8. Shortcomings of Design
      • ( - ) Wall can only be effective if people actively engage in “painting” it with compassionate ideas.
      • ( - ) Initiating “next” self-compassionate act may be difficult. Unsure as to if this should be done through texting, or through email.
      • ( - ) Reminder texts to be self-compassionate may become annoying after several days of receiving them.
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 9. Expansion - What else is possible?
      • Other features and interactions
        • Ways in which to “up-vote” compassionate acts (ala Digg or Reddit).
        • Separate compassion walls that work beyond just self-compassion.
            • Compassion for loved ones.
            • Compassion for enemies.
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 10. Next Steps in Design Process
      • Create the website that will hold the self-compassionate wall.
      • Test with three users to surmise when to text reminders.
      • Create a process by which to get users engaged with the compassionate wall.
      • Test in what way(s) users should report what will be their next self-compassionate act.
    Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design
  • 11. TextCompassion Stanford University, Spring 2011 CS377T- Calming Tech / Behavior Design Sign up Self-select self-compassionate act Progress in achieving completion of that act updated on compassion wall Reminder texts sent to users that they can respond to with progress report Engage in other users’ ideas of how to be self-compassionate
  • 12. Evaluation of Design Project How well does the idea reflect concepts from class? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 How well does the design match the design brief? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 How viable/convincing is the proposed solution? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • 13. Evaluation continued… How well could this solution scale to reach many? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 How well does this document communicate? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bonus Points How insightful is the proposed solution? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • 14. Additional Comments: Overall remarks or additional comments here