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Launching the Slow Homes Movement
October 11, 2012 – 9:30 pm | 2 Comments
Launching the Slow Homes Movement

I recently drove through Lakewood, a city 10 miles south of Los Angeles, just to see for myself what it looked like. Lakewood is a quintessential “fast homes” community – the housing equivalent of a …

How to Barter, Give, and Get Stuff
October 11, 2012 – 1:14 pm | One Comment
How to Barter, Give, and Get Stuff

Read it on Shareable.net: How to Barter Give and Get Stuff: Attorney Janelle Orsi Explains the Legal Nuts and Bolts of a Sharing Economy

Sample Office-Sharing Agreement
August 13, 2012 – 2:38 pm | Comments Off
Sample Office-Sharing Agreement

Many small businesses and entrepreneurs use commercial space to house their operations, and sharing these work spaces is often a smart business decision.  And, once you start sharing space with others, it will be much …

The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share
September 1, 2010 – 2:13 pm | 3 Comments
The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

The Sustainable Economies Law Center was recently featured in the East Bay Express, including an interview by Bernice Yeung with Janelle Orsi.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) facilitates the growth of sustainable, localized, and just …

Sharing Ideas from Bioneers: Part 3
November 10, 2009 – 5:23 pm | Comments Off
Sharing Ideas from Bioneers: Part 3

At our “Cooperative Living and Sharing Brainstorm Booth” at the Bioneers Conference, we also asked people to tell us: “What are barriers to community building?”
Here are some of the answers:

Petty issues that get people …

Sharing ideas from Bioneers: Part 2
November 7, 2009 – 5:17 pm | One Comment
Sharing ideas from Bioneers: Part 2

We asked attendees of the Bioneers conference to write down an answer to “What Do You Share?” Here is what they said:
* Tools
* Plants

Grocery Shopping in the Age of Sharing
November 4, 2009 – 6:39 pm | 2 Comments
Grocery Shopping in the Age of Sharing

EcoSalon posted a nice piece today: “Sharing: It’s not just nice, it’s necessary.”  I love the “rundown of the 15 coolest sharing concepts.”

Coincidentally, I know the journalist who wrote the piece, Vanessa Barrington, because we …

“Bioneering” Ideas for Sharing, Part 1
November 3, 2009 – 9:54 pm | Comments Off
“Bioneering” Ideas for Sharing, Part 1

The weekend before last, I shared a “Cooperative Living and Sharing Brainstorm Booth” with Regenerative Real Estate at the incredible Bioneers Conference. Our booth featured a coffee table and chairs in a circle, and …

Sharing the Task of Nurturing Our Local Economies
September 27, 2009 – 11:03 pm | Comments Off
Sharing the Task of Nurturing Our Local Economies

Yesterday, I moderated a panel discussion and had many great conversations at the Festival for Grassroots Economies, where brilliant ideas seemed to be generated, on average, every 2 seconds. My mind is still spinning from …

Coming Together at the Seams (or “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More People from Having to Buy Sewing Machines”)
May 25, 2009 – 4:56 pm | One Comment
Coming Together at the Seams (or “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More People from Having to Buy Sewing Machines”)

A friend of mine who is a landscaper recently told me about his plans to spend an afternoon at a local sewing center, patching up his denim work pants and mending various articles of clothing. …

Some Benefits of Sharing
April 16, 2009 – 8:12 pm | 2 Comments

The benefits of sharing are many, and I’m always discovering new ones. Sharing can benefit us personally and financially, and it can make the world a much better place. Here is a listing of some …

Sharing Nourishes Local Living Economies
April 15, 2009 – 11:56 pm | One Comment

It’s no fun to focus on bad news, so I won’t for more than just a second. One piece of news literally drove home for me the importance of building local economies. I used to …