Humanity is fraught with controversy

The scope and severity of these controversies are immensely different: Should nations consider Palestine a state? Should NFL players stand during the National Anthem? Is Affirmative Action a good public policy?

Inspiration

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

  • Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What is it

Affirmative Action provides a forum for critical thinking and metacognition about poses yes/no questions to users. Once a selection is chosen, the user is must Defend Their Position or Play Devil's Advocate.

Let's say the initial question is "Do you support NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem?" A user can choose either Yes or No.

If the user selects Yes, they will be randomly asked one of the following questions: _ Defend Your Position: Why do you support NFL players kneeling? _ _ Play Devil's Advocate: Why might someone not support NFL players kneeling? _

If the user selects No, they will be randomly asked one of the following questions: _ Defend Your Position: Why do you not support NFL players kneeling?_ _ Play Devil's Advocate: Why might someone support NFL players kneeling? _

After submitting their response, the user can then scroll through a confusion matrix of other users' responses.

How we built it

This web app is built using React.

Next Steps

Atticus Action has two main workstreams. First, there is a public site where anyone can post their answers. Second, companies and communities can create private questions for internal use. If an upcoming controversial or simply a big decision must be made, Atticus Action is a wonderful tool for gaining employee/community insights and potential blockers. We plan to add Natural Language Processing and Clustering of responses as features for the enterprise plan.

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