I was wondering about the feasibility of my idea for a new networking site that focused on volunteer work.
I've seen a generous amount of media, displaying the time people dedicate to achievements, and other virtual bells & whistles. I was wondering if someone could apply the same psychological effects to volunteer work.
This would be my site idea.
It would be a social network / game, developed to both track and inspire civil and social duties. Think of it as a volunteer based, Facebook-Craigslist hybrid. “Saving the world, one odd job at a time.” (or something cheesy like that)
It would be targeted toward political activists, volunteers, socialites, and gamers.
Participants would create profiles on networks, largely organized by their town or city.
Participants, Volunteer Organizations, Activists, etc, would be encouraged to post jobs with which players would complete.
Upon completion of jobs, players would then receive experience for specific classes or skills, (Think “Level 2 Tea Bagger”, “Level 3 Moving”, "Level 8 Baby Sitter" etc.) selected or created by job posters.
Players could also earn exp by donating money to activist/volunteer groups. Eventually, jobs requesting specific classes or levels would be posted by said organizations.
Certified organizations (Political Parties, Shelters, etc.) would be marked to give some objectivity of skill importance.
A non-volunteer work based network could also be created parallel to the system, operating similarly, for local freelance type work.
Volunteer work information would be organized and recorded, and shown along with resume compiling tools/applications.
Applications would also be created to “show off” volunteer data and levels or achievements on networking sites i.e. Facebook, 4 Square, My Space, OkCupid, Xbox Live etc.
The site would breed competitive volunteering, all while giving organizations the help of streamlined, volunteer worker information.
Capital for servers and site costs would be made from adspace, or possible games ala purchase points, or from a membership cost for the potential parallel non-volunteer work account.
What do you guys think?
Also, does anyone know if this has already been done before?