Nature Immersion Research App- Volunteer Engineer- React Native Developer/IOS Developer needed

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Nature Counter- Volunteer Engineer- React Native Developer/IOS Developer needed

Nature Immersion Research App- Volunteer Engineer- React Native Developer/IOS Developer needed

Extensive research has shown that immersion in nature has multiple positive benefits for individuals that can result in positive impacts on organizations and institutions. These include greater focus, productivity, creativity and sense of wellbeing; stronger social ties and immunities; improved self-esteem; and lower stress, anxiety, and blood pressure. [1]

Nature is often disregarded and heedlessly damaged by commercial actors such as banks and real estate developers in pursuit of profit; however, if these actors understood more about how nature can affect their employees, they would recognize that preserving nature and encouraging people to spend time in nature could actually increase the profitability of their ventures. Despite the fact that immersion in nature is a proven way to increase public health, individual focus and productivity, and general learning and wellbeing, it is not embraced by institutions as a tool to achieve these goals.

This project will increase the degree to which any individual, institution, or group of people can target achievable goals through immersion in nature; it will link specific amounts of time spent in parks to measurable outcomes such as increased productivity, social capital, and wellbeing.

Research has demonstrated that time spent in nature is good for humans. But there has been little research on the applications of these findings-on the practical advantages that companies, nonprofits , and universities could achieve month after month, and year after year by integrating nature immersion and nature flex-time into the portfolio of benefits that they offer. There has been similarly little research on how encouraging immersion in nature could help health insurers could help their customers lower risk and improve medical outcomes.

Clearly, there is a disconnect between the research and practice.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to eliminate this disconnect between the importance of nature and how nature is treated. Our team of researchers and experienced practitioners believe that this disconnect is so ingrained in societies that it can only change organically, from the bottom up. We believe that when more and more individuals and more and more managers in businesses are helped to experience the positive effects of nature, and then enabled to identify ways to efficiently preserve nature without sacrificing personal and professional gain, then nature will become a more important a factor in decision-making. As individuals and managers become adept at factoring in the importance of nature in their personal and strategic decisions, they will be more likely to embrace the preservation of nature as a goal-one which the global climate change crisis makes all the more important. Eco anxiety can reduce mental wellbeing but eco-immersion combined with collaboration on nature-based solutions that benefit the climate can both improve the mental health of individuals and the resilience of the cities in which they live.

PROJECT APPROACH: Our approach is multi-pronged, inclusive, and collaborative. IIt ensures that all those involved are engaged in a democratized, federated, and localized manner. We have already developed a framework for a Nature Inspirer App, to be completed by citizen scientists, which can be tailored to local circumstances. The framework will synthesize and simplify existing literature on specific health and commerce benefits of specific "doses" of nature. The gap between the research and its applications will be filled in by the "citizen scientists" involved-a practice that has been used to excellent effect in fields such as astronomy, ornithology, and conservation science. The customizable nature of the App encourages individuals and institutions to experiment with and pilot nature-immersion interventions that are right-sized to their goals. They have the opportunity to test for themselves the degree to which increasing nature "doses" for their institution increases productivity and employee wellbeing. Our aim is to co-create nature immersion research by embedding the process of research localization into the piloting process so that each organization ends up with the toolkit of nature immersion capabilities most suited to their needs.

When organizations get evidence of increased performance, they are likely to make permanent nature-based interventions. For example, a hospital with two divisions could have surgeons in one division get "flex time" to be free to spend 50 minutes a day in a local park. (A GPS-enabled application would confirm that they, in fact do spend that amount of time in the park.) After a specified period of time, their medical mistake rate and burn-out rate could be compared with that of the surgeons in the control group. Each organization can choose to utilize research metrics and methods that have the greatest bearings on their needs. Research methods such as Networked Improvement Communities, Context Variation by Design, and Positive Deviance are examples of methodologies that have demonstrated that proof-of-concept experiments can be emulated and customized across a network. Our goal is to help individuals as well as organizations and institutions, by making it easy for them to acquire the health literacy to decide how much time in nature they need to achieve their goals.

We anticipate that there are metrics that can be gathered based on GPS data on time in the park, survey data, and integration of bio-metric data from wearable devices, employer productivity data, medical record data for health insurance use cases, and learning data for educational institutions. Research will be needed to explore how nature dose changes productivity and reduces corporate risk through preventing mistakes and unforced errors.

What would it be like to pilot "nature flex time" in a city? Diverse organizations would be encouraged to identify an aspirational goal for themselves. Can "nature dose" be brought into a continuum of social science research to be applied as a tool for violence prevention, improved high school graduation rates, and other indicators of community wellbeing? We think it’s possible, and emergent evidence suggests that this possibility is real.

[1] Paul Sandifer, Ariana Sutton-Grier, Bethney P. Ward "Exploring Connections Among Nature, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Human Health and Well-Being: Opportunities to Enhance Health and Biodiversity Conservation " April 2015, Ecosystem Services 12:1-15,

React Native Developer Needed

- Experienced React-Native developer to build cross-platform app for both iOS and Android platforms.

- Knowledgeable of modern JavaScript (including ES6 syntax), HTTP, and Rest API development.

- Able to utilize and debug third party dependencies.

- Able to build smooth UI and extend current functionality of existing code base.

- Experience with mobile application architecture.

- Aid in the development of end to end app design and CI/CD processes.

- Strong team player with focus on collaborative effort; a willingness to share knowledge and communicate across teams is vital.

Developor is for Nature Counter:

Nature Counter./Biophelia Counter

" A recent study of 20,000 people published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that people who spend at least 120 minutes per week - that’s about 18 minutes a day - in nature are far more likely to report being in good health and having higher psychological well-being, as compared to those who don’t embrace nature. People who spent some time in nature, but fewer than 120 minutes a week, "were no more likely to report good health or high well-being than those who reported 0 minutes," the study authors found. "

120 Minutes per week in nature is also geo-locateable on phones. Have you gotten your 120 minutes a week at medium edose nature, or 90 minutes a day of high dose nature?

That is determinable by if your smart phone shows you in the park for how many minutes.

We aim to build an app that counts how many minutes in nature each week you have spent and reporting that back to the person. This is like step counts, but based on time in nature as walks through non-parks don’t count for the nature counter.

  • - Participate in weekly discussions across teams and stakeholders on ways to reach project goals.
  • Time-based nature benefits-
    • 15 Minutes in Nature
      • Decrease in pulse rate by 3.9%
      • Decrease in systolic blood pressure by 1.9%
      • Decrease in diastolic blood pressure by 2.1%
      • Lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone)
      • Increased parasympathetic nerve activity and decreased sympathetic nerve activity. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems work together to control respiration, digestion, and heart rate. When you are calm, the parasympathetic nervous system is increased, lowering your heart rate and respiration, and increasing digestion. In a stressful situation, the fight or flight (sympathetic) response is triggered, dilating pupils, increasing heart rate and respiration, which allows you to breathe faster.
      • Feel more relaxed, yet energized
    • 30 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15 minutes in nature AND
      • Increased attention span
      • Reduction in depression symptoms by 7%
      • Reduction in high blood pressure by 9%
    • 50 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, and 40 minutes in nature AND
      • An increased attention span with the ability to block out irrelevant stimuli and concentrate
      • A decreased level of anxiety
    • 120 minutes (2 hours) in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, and 50 minutes in nature AND
      • An overall sense of well-being and happiness
      • A better, more restful sleep
    • 150 minutes (2.5 hours) in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, 50, and 120 minutes in nature AND
      • Reduction in feelings of anxiety
      • Reduced need to ruminate on past events and focus on the future
    • 200 minutes in nature
      • All of the benefits from 15, 30, 40, 50, and 120 minutes in nature AND
      • The feeling of well-being and happiness

  • Nature benefits we're communicating:
    Performance on backwards digit-span (a cognitively demanding task that requires directed attention/requires the person to block out irrelevant stimuli and focus) significantly improved while walking in nature Maintain the focus staring at something on paper better during and after a walk in nature. The ability to focus was not only recuperated by nature, but was even better compared to before going out into nature. A faster and more stable pattern of responding on the Attention Network Task Cognitive performance especially for self-perceived affect was found to improve significantly more after nature interactions compared to urban interactions. Overall, BDS ( backwards digit span) performance improved on average by 0.75 (SD = 2.11) points from pre- to post-nature interactions and 0.29 (SD = 2.19) BDS points from pre- to post urban environment interactions. Reduce the population prevalence of depression and high blood pressure by up to 7% and 9% respectively. A lower rates of depression and of high blood pressure. 3.9% decrease in pulse rate. Systolic blood pressure was lower (1.9% decrease). Diastolic blood pressure was lower (2.1% decrease). good reported health and high subjective wellbeing lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity walking leads to improved psychological state, reduced state-anxiety and perceived stress

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