How to - plan exchanges among multiple members

There are two cases here:

  • One-to-Many  --  This is an exchange where one member provides the same service for the same amount of time to many members.  For example: One member teaches a class or leads a workshop for multiple members.


  • Many-to-One  --  This is an exchange where many members provide the same service for the same amount of time to one member. For example: Multiple members do a yard clean-up for one member, or multiple individual members volunteer to help an organization at an event


One-to-Many methods  -- The aim is that the service provider should receive hours to cover the time that s/he gave for the service. There are several models for using the One-to-Many exchange. 

  • The service of the person leading the class/workshop/seminar includes preparation, travel, the actual workshop and follow-up time.  For this example, lets say that this is equal to 6 hours, including the workshop itself.  Assuming that the workshop was attended by 12 participants.  The time of the service could be divided by the number of participants,  which in this case means that each participant  'pays' 0.5 hours, to the workshop leader, regardless of the length of the workshop. The hours of the service given by the workshop facilitator is simply divided equally among the participants.  For recording purposes the resulting hours could be rounded to the next highest quarter hour.
  • Another method is to create a community account or a workshop account. The participants 'pay' an agreed upon amount into the community/ workshop account. The leader of the workshop receives her/his hours from the community/workshop account. What remains in the community/workshop account can be used to subsidize participants who need support. It needs to be planned so that the participants, together, put enough hours into the community/workshop account to cover the leader's hours for the service.
  • Another method is for the participants to each 'pay' the same amount of hours (perhaps the number of hours that they participated, to the leader. The leader keeps enough hours that are needed to cover the service and the rest are donated to a community account.

In each case the total payment of hours by the participants of the workshop/class/seminar will need to be the same as or more than the hours of service to be covered.  The Community Weaver One-to-Many recording feature can be used only when all participants 'pay' the same amount of hours on to one other member's account.


Many-to-One method  -- 

The Community Weaver Many-to-One recording feature can be used only when all participants 'receive' the same amount of hours from one other member's account.  For example, if 10 timebankers spend 1 hour  raking the leave and pulling the weeds in a member's yard or garden, that member will 'pay' one hour to each of 10 timebankers who provided the service.