You can’t truly remedy today’s economic problems by using the same business structures that created the economic problems. Because of their current ownership structure, Airbnb, Lyft, Über, and TaskRabbit could be bought out by ever larger and more centralized companies that won’t necessarily care about the well-being of people using the services, or about the overall abundance of jobs in our economy...
There is only one way to ensure that a company will make decisions in the interests of the people it serves: Put those people in control of the company.Read more
"The rules for the new economy haven't been written yet. Well, they have...it's just that they were written 50+ years ago when the 9-to-5, 30-years-and-a-gold-watch career path was the rule, not the exception. They haven't kept up with the changing economy or the new workforce."
Read the whole interview with Sara Horowitz of the Freelancer's Union
An interview with SELC Executive Director Janelle Orsi on the laws and regulations laws guiding the new economy, and what needs to come next.Read more
The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), Project Equity, and the Green Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) invited cooperative members, developers, and supporters to join us in a brainstorming discussion about ways to help Californians learn about cooperatives. The questions we used to prompt the discussion were:
- How might K-12 schools, colleges, and graduate schools begin to incorporate education about cooperatives into their curricula?
- What skills and knowledge should be included in a program to learn about cooperatives?
- What policies might promote greater infusion of cooperative education into various levels of education?
We took notes (below) so we could share the insights that were brought forth during the discussion. We will integrate these and future ideas into the East Bay's very first Worker Cooperative Academy!Read more
An interview with SELC's City Policies Program Director, Yassi Eskandari, on the legal foundations of more sustainable cities.
By Bronwen Morgan, Post Growth Institute
Ordinary people, perhaps frustrated with the inertia of government policies and large-scale corporate routines and practices, are experimenting with different ways of moving around, powering themselves, securing food and making a living, with as little waste as possible. [...] Much more rarely explored is the question: what kind of legal and regulatory support structures will help such experimental initiatives to flourish? We think four things will matter most.Read more
The Worker Cooperative Policy Coalition held two public feedback forums to solicit feedback on the proposed provisions of the worker cooperative policy that will be (hopefully) going to the California legislature in February 2014. Below are the notes of the feedback forums, one held on December 2nd at the Sudo Room in Oakland and the other held on December 7th in San Francisco at the Main Public Library.Read more