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ALI&CUC | DSM-313.89 Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

Anti-Litter Interventions & Clean-Up Campaign, 2012-ongoing
Over 40 years of data and research findings consistently highlight that littered environments beget more litter. Such overt neglect has numerous consequences for a local population and its culture (Cialdini, Kallgren, & Reno, 1991; Geller, Witmer, & Tuso, 1977; Herberlein, 1971; Reiter & Samual, 1980). The Anti-Litter Mapping Project is an interdisciplinary campaign and ongoing social practice case study meant to target issues related to litter and non-sustainable habits. The project functions as a grass roots, community-based sustainability intervention, a web-based photographic mapping project, and a publicly accessible and evolving online research network. All users are invited to photograph found litter from any location (before proper disposal) and upload images to a “social” network site via a smartphone / mobile app or web browser. Associated data including photographs and GPS coordinates of trash are then “pinned” on an online map.

The Anti-Litter objectives seek to maintain a long-term and continued impact on the regional landscapes while also enhancing the respective community’s self and external perception as a sustainably responsible and eco-friendly population. As a qualitative case study, the intervention candidly exposes its research findings online, encouraging the constituency at large to note specific areas that are particularly litter-heavy ultimately attempting to educate and reshape social norms related to sustainable practices. This project therefore welcomes individuals to serve as socially and environmentally conscious artists, researchers, and most significantly, as agents of change in their respective communities. {More here}

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