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Allocate planted trees (reforestation) as a motivational feedback tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239678D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 303K

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Abstract

Print providers are considering systems to increase users’ awareness of print usage and to motivate them to print responsibly, thereby conserving resources. This idea proposes gamification system badging to give substantive motivational feedback to users of a system to increase awareness of print usage. The idea describes a system whereby a tree badge shown on the user interface represents an actual tree planted in the rainforest, and defines a process and a method to tie the amount of print saved by a customer to the number of trees physically planted. The idea features a back-end architecture and process to automatically order trees and provide an audit trail through an existing third party, updating the system’s reforestation feature.

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Allocate planted trees (reforestation) as a motivational feedback tool

Print providers are considering systems to increase users’ awareness of print usage and to motivate them to print responsibly, thereby conserving resources.  This idea proposes gamification system badging to give substantive motivational feedback to users of a system to increase awareness of print usage. The idea describes a system whereby a tree badge shown on the user interface represents an actual tree planted in the rainforest, and defines a process and a method to tie the amount of print saved by a customer to the number of trees physically planted. The idea features a back-end architecture and process to automatically order trees and provide an audit trail through an existing third party, updating the system’s reforestation feature.

The method described provides a badging system to give substantive motivational feedback to users. The idea of badging in gamification is not new, but badges are usually associated with abstract achievements and not representational physical things. This idea describes a system whereby one tree badge shown on the user interface equates to an actual tree planted in the rainforest, as well as a process and a method to tie the amount of print saved by a customer to the amount of trees planted.  This feedback and the associated system in effect put the onus (and motivation) of planting trees directly into the end-users' hands. Using this scheme, the cost savings from the efficiency in print activity use can be used to finance the planting of trees, thus incurring no net extra expense to the customer.

Method and process to allocate planted trees to users and groups as a motivational tool:

Step 1: Define a point system that relates to printing, and a way to save points

Step 2: create a conversion between points and trees that are planted

Step 3: compute trees to be planted on a periodic basis (optional)

Step 4: communicate the number of trees to...