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VERN: Facilitating Democratic Group Decision Making Online

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VERN is an online collaborative tool that coordinates and distributes the process of finding optimal meeting times across the members of a group. The system combines the underlying democratic process inherent in email chain conversations with a remapping of the voting process to a calendar-based graphical user interface. As an alternative to existing forms of constrained democracy in which members vote from a previously defined set of options, we offer VERN as a case study for the potential of using a visual interface to enable all group members to contribute equally without constraints to the group decision making process.


Yardi, Sarita; Hill, Benjamin; Chan, Stephen (2005): VERN: Facilitating Democratic Group Decision Making Online. Proceedings of the 2005 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/1099203.1099223. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 116–119. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA