Co-production Scenarios for Mobile Time Banking

  • John M. Carroll
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7897)


Time banking facilitates generalized reciprocity among neighbors by rewarding contributions in proportion to the time entailed in contributing. Contributions can be person-to-person services, such as driving another person to an appointment. They can also be co-productions, in which the provider and recipient jointly enact a service, such as giving/receiving a guitar lesson. Co-production is an important category of time banking interaction; it has been identified as a key to strengthening the core economy of home, family, neighborhood and community, and is becoming integrated into government social service schemes. As part of a requirements analysis for mobile timing banking infrastructures, we identified and analyzed co-production scenarios. Our objective is to contribute to the social movements of co-production of social services and of time banking through designing and developing a socio-technical infrastructure that mutually leverages both to build up the core economy and to enable societal-scale time banking.


time banks co-production (social services) scenario based design community informatics ubiquitous computing socio-technical infrastructures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Carroll
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  1. 1.Center for Human-Computer Interaction/College of Information Sciences and TechnologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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