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How do you motivate large quantities of people to participate in something? -----An example is voting.-----

The mentality of the average person is that their small contribution or thoughts won't make a difference to the masses. In voting only around 52% of people vote, the rest don't think it will make a difference, but collectively they make up a lot. This same mentality applies to organizations too. How do you convince people to donate to something they support, like space exploration, without the mentality, "if I don't somebody else will."

How do you motivate large quantities of people to participate in something?

What are your thoughts and how would something motivate you?

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  • Jan 7 2012: Getting everyone to vote is almost as difficult as getting everyone educated enough to personally know how
    to vote with all the needed information to make the right vote for themselves.

    I wonder what percentage of people who do vote, vote with all the information they should have to make the
    the right choices for themselves.

    Just getting the masses out to vote doesn't necessarily solve the problem. We need to educate and empower people to get involved. Our kids are our future, maybe we should start with them.
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      Jan 8 2012: "I wonder what percentage of people who do vote, vote with all the information they should have to make the right choices"

      You make a very good point. I think the problem is often not on the side of the voter, but on the quality, quantity and honesty of the information available. We seem to switch channels to find the exact same coverage of exactly the same event, form exactly the same angle. Pre-screened, edited and copy pasted... I often go to so called "sources" (Reuters, Associated Press...) only to find very limited coverage, if at all, of significant current events. Not what it used to be.
      Aren't PR, marketing and branding the main campaign expenses in the race? I tell ya, not like the old days...

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