Social Stairs: taking the Piano Staircase towards long-term behavioral change

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2013, 7822 pp. 174 - 179
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Abstract. This paper addresses the development of Social Stairs, an intelli-gent musical staircase to change peoples behavior in the long-term to take the stairs in favor of the elevator. Through designing with the Experiential Design Landscape (EDL) method, a design opportunity was found that social engage-ment encouraged people to take the stairs at work in favor of the elevator. To encourage this social behavior, people who involved each other and worked to-gether whilst using the Social Stairs were treated with more diverse orchestral chimes that echoed up the stairwell. In this paper we reflect on the differences between the persuasive system of the well-known Piano Staircase and the So-cial Stairs. We report on the deployment of the Social Stairs for a period of three weeks in the public space within the university community and identify opportunities for triggering intrinsic motivation, social engagement and how to keep people involved in the long-term.
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