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Challenge Models Motivating and Supporting Altruism Within Communities
Models Motivating and Supporting Altruism Within Communities
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 460
Posted: Dec 15 2011
Challenge ID: 9932631
 
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Abstract

Situations where someone is dependent on someone else to help manage everyday life are very common. We can see these situations in bringing up a child, in the support of individuals with functional disorders, support of family members with special care needs, and in the care of elderly relatives. The care demand varies case by case, but when the dependency increases the burden of the carer increases as well. It is a situation where you cannot choose, you have to handle the consequences of the development. For the carer it is often time consuming, expensive, and stressful and affects the quality of life for everyone involved. Family members are not always able to support each other as much as is needed. We are interested in looking at novel concepts from nature, business, or other areas that may elucidate the dynamics that help promote and maintain altruistic behaviors.  

Overview

Situations where someone is dependent on someone else to help manage everyday life are very common. We can see these situations in bringing up a child, in the support of individuals with functional disorders, support of family members with special care needs, and in the care of elderly relatives.  The burden of taking care of a dependent individual is often time consuming, expensive, and stressful for everyone involved. Due to the large burdens associated with caring for a dependent individual, carers do not always get the support needed. Current social systems exist to help enable people (e.g family members, friends, etc.) to act as caregivers by relieving some of the burden or to provide external support directly to the dependent. However these systems cost a significant amount of money to run and cannot always provide the desired relief. Currently unsupported family care results in large challenges, both financially and emotionally, for many of the individuals involved. 

Due to the burdens of being a caregiver, it requires an act of selflessness to move someone to become one, and to achieve the desired outcome, different kinds of resources must be activated. We believe there are existing systems in nature, business, and other areas that may elucidate the dynamics that help promote and maintain altruistic behaviors and that also utilize resources in an efficient way. The goal is to design scenarios for potential systems where care giving is encouraged and underutilized resources are mustered. 

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