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*Designing for Sharing in Local Communities*

*Key Information*

·         Format: 2-4 pages in ACM Extended Abstracts Format

·         Submission: by email to [log in to unmask]

·         Submission Deadline: 19 January 2015 (extended - who wants to
write submissions over new year?!)

·         Notification: 13 February 2015

·         Workshop: 18 April 2015, 9am-5pm

·         Website:

The sharing economy and all its variations is gaining increasing attention
across all sectors of society. This is reflected in the exponential growth
of online‐mediated sharing services, the attention of governments to the
disruptive nature of such services, and the rising engagement of HCI
researchers in studying and designing to support these new forms of sharing
and civic and community participation. Full workshop proposal with
references can be found here

This one‐day workshop on *Designing for sharing in local communities *will
be held 18 April as part of the CHI 2015 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on
Human Factors in Computing Science, in Seoul (South Korea) between the 18
and 23 of April.

We invite interested people to submit a 2-4 page position paper in CHI
Extended Abstracts format, describing the authors’ experience engaging with
a specific theme, or challenge involved with designing, using, or
evaluating technologies and/or communities that relate to the concept or
experience of “sharing”. We positively encourage submissions from a diverse
range of participants, perspectives and disciplines. We also encourage
active participation from community groups already engaged in the design
and development of technologies for sharing (with special consideration of
these submissions bringing such practical experiences).

Submissions will be selected based on their originality, quality and
ability to promote discussion amongst the community.

Submissions and questions should be directed to [log in to unmask]
More details can be found at:

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. Please
indicate which of the position paper authors will attend the workshop.

Please submit your position paper by *19th January 2015.*


The overall goals of the workshop are:

1.  To bring together researchers and practitioners actively engaged in
understanding of and designing for new models of sharing communities, to
facilitate the formation of a new sub-community in HCI and collectively map
out future research challenges.

2.  To review sharing from a social, economic and sustainability
perspective and to discuss how social cohesion as well as resource
exploitation is fostered.

3.  To present examples of the nuanced work of local initiatives based in
the examples of sharing practices (existing or imagined) submitted by the
workshop participants.

4.  To formulate statements/visions regarding sustainable sharing in local

5.  To establish a number of imagined, scenario-based sharing concepts
based on the preceding discussions and established vision / statements.

*Issues to be addressed*

Conceptualising the design and research space around sharing and local
communities requires consideration of a number of diverse issues, already
touched on. Hence open questions to be explored at the workshop include:

*Creating and sustaining community: *How to create a critical mass to
become ‘community’? How to create new social practices? How to promote and
sustain ongoing engagement and active participation? How to encourage
taking as well as giving? What role is there for brokers, facilitators,
etc? What is the administrative work required to manage a sharing community?

*Exchange models: *What are the different models of exchange that exist?
What are the advantages and disadvantages, best fit, of these for different
types of communities? What is exchanged and how? How are exchanges valued?
How does ‘local’ play out?

*Technology platforms: *What is the role of technology in supporting
sharing communities? What platforms can be used when where and how? What
are common/different features of existing platforms?

*Trust, give and take: *Does social exchange have to be simplified across
digital interfaces? How do we address commercial models in the
collaborative economy? How do vetting, insuring and validating partners
affect the underlying ideas of sharing; of giving and taking? Is there more
to sharing than turning empty bedrooms and availability of parking space in
crowded cities into cash?

*Lessons learnt: *Based on studies of existing exchange, sharing services:
what works, what doesn’t work? What are the critical issues?

*Societal and economic impacts: *How do we negotiate the disruptive effects
of sharing communities, e.g., on commerce, on governments, etc? What are
the implications of new models of commerce, such as taxing, privacy and
other risks? How is equity and inequality managed in sharing systems that
go beyond personal sharing?

Organised by Lone Malmborg, Ann Light, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Victoria
Bellotti and Margot Brereton.

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