The idea is to create gratefulness awareness through a platform integrated to daily usage applications such as internet browsers and emails. The first stage will be to develop an application that populates what you first see when you open your computer’s browser. There will be only one display at the time with a very simple and light design. While being powerful, this should not generate anxiety or require engagement.
There will be two type of displays: messages, and data visualizations
There will be 4 types of messages:
General gratitude: Display/ messages of general findings/studies, grateful phrases, etc.
People I have helped: Display/ messages of direct messages from people to the user. The equivalent of thank you notes that the user has received. These notes can be directly sent through this platform across users or can be gathered from emails. Emails messages gathering will be the second phase of the project and it is described below.
People that have helped me: Display/ messages of people that the user has sent thank you notes, appreciation words, or is planning on doing it.
Engagement: Display/ messages that ask the user why is he/she grateful for or if there is a person that has make a difference in his/her work/life that week/month.
Second stage of the project is to have some type of application or macros build in the email that can populate these messages.
The stage of the project is to gather data and generate visualizations for each person and for the company as a whole. This will be a direct tool to measure this projects impact as well.
This project is one that facilitates being grateful across co-workers but does force them to. It is also planned as an add-on to normal day applications that users already interact with to increase its impact, but it could be analyzed as its own platform.