***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** Dear all, I've been working on a system to support the development of social networks among special education teachers, but the challenge is to get them motivated enought to actively participate. In particular, my research has to do with their motivations to become active participants of such social network. I looked at different motivation models, and it boils down to two models: self-interest (utilitarian behavior: cost/benefits) and altruistic (usually driven by empathy) behaviors. In this work, nevertheless, I argue that there is another component related to the social interaction (or social influence) that motivates prosocial behavior in social networks. So, I wonder whether any of you knows about any work on motivation and active participation in social networks. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. If I get enough responses I can summarize and send back to the list. thank you much, rogerio ------------------ Doctoral Candidate Computer Science and Cognitive Science University of Colorado Boulder _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.