|Publication type:||Conference other|
|Type of review:||Peer review (abstract)|
|Title:||Promotion of environmental and social sustainability through a digital community platform in the context of the Corona pandemic|
|Conference details:||International Conference of Environmental Psychology (ICEP), Syracuse, Italy, 5-8 October 2021|
|Subject (DDC):||302: Social interaction|
|Abstract:||Digitalization offers new opportunities for the transition towards more sustainable and inclusive societies. Digital platforms, for example, provide a supportive and facilitating environment for social interaction and exchange, especially in situations requiring reduced physical proximity such as the Corona pandemic. In order to promote social exchange and the use of local services and activities, we developed and implemented a digital community platform at district level in collaboration with the City of Winterthur. The platform is aimed at promoting social interaction, place attachment and identity, sharing behavior, a decrease in mobility need, and ultimately satisfaction with life. At the point in time of the launch of the digital platform, in November 2019, and about one year after the implementation, in January 2021, a survey was conducted amongst residents to test for the effect of the platform. After one year, residents using the digital community platform had a higher place attachment and identity, and their leisure activities took more often place on a local level compared to non-subscribers. Furthermore, platform users intensified their communication with people from the district via digital platforms and engaged in more interactions across generations and cultures. However, sharing behavior did not change. The satisfaction with life in the district decreased for non-subscribers – possibly due to the Corona pandemic that coincides with this period – but there was no decline in the level of satisfaction of community platform users. Results suggest that a digital community platform can support social exchange, but this does not always translate into analog life.|
|Fulltext version:||Published version|
|License (according to publishing contract):||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Departement:||School of Engineering|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)|
|Appears in collections:||Publikationen School of Engineering|
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