How to Make Laws that Actually Work for the New Economy

Dispatches_JanelleOrsi-Homepage_1.png"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

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How to Make Laws that Actually Work for the New Economy

An interview with SELC Executive Director Janelle Orsi on the laws and regulations laws guiding the new economy, and what needs to come next. 

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Cooperatives and Education

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!

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The shareable city: building a better legal foundation for urban sustainability

An interview with SELC's City Policies Program Director, Yassi Eskandari, on the legal foundations of more sustainable cities.

 

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Does the Sharing Economy Need Lawyers?

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.

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Public Feedback Forums

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.

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The Sustainable Economies Law Center Files Reply Comments on PG&E and SDG&E's Revised Testimony

Overall, the Sustainable Economies Law Center advocates for a more in-depth community-based renewable energy proposal from both PG&E and SDG&E as well as clear guidelines for implementation.  In doing so, SELC defines true community-based renewable projects to include the following attributes:

  • (1) The majority of the project is owned by individual residents of the community or by a local organization or cooperative that is managed and controlled by individual residents of the community;
  • (2) The project's generating capacity does not exceed 1 MW and is located in or near the community; and
  • (3) The majority of the project's economic benefits are distributed locally.

 

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