WeDo: End-To-End Computer Supported Collective Action


  • Haoqi Zhang Northwestern University
  • Andrés Monroy-Hernández Microsoft Research and University of Washington
  • Aaron Shaw Northwestern University
  • Sean Munson University of Washington
  • Elizabeth Gerber Northwestern University
  • Benjamin Hill University of Washington
  • Peter Kinnaird Carnegie Mellon University
  • Shelly Farnham Microsoft Research
  • Patrick Minder University of Zurich



CSCW, HCI, Social computing, Collective Action, Participation, Civic engagement


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.




How to Cite

Zhang, H., Monroy-Hernández, A., Shaw, A., Munson, S., Gerber, E., Hill, B., Kinnaird, P., Farnham, S., & Minder, P. (2014). WeDo: End-To-End Computer Supported Collective Action. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 8(1), 639-642.