Pay-it-Forward Legal Advice for the Sharing Economy
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Happy Spring, SELC supporters! We’ve been busy preparing the soil of a new legal landscape that supports community resilience. Will you help us sow seeds of resilience this spring?
Help us legalize sharing and grow the movement for more just and resilient economies - join our Community TODAY by becoming a SELC Community Member!
Like a community-supported farm, SELC thrives when our community invests in our work - whether that is an investment of time or money. That’s why we are excited to launch our new Community Membership Campaign! By becoming a SELC Founding Member, you can turn our advocacy campaigns into new laws, grow our community of passionate new economy advocates, and get special discounts and invitations to future SELC events and workshops!Read more
Read about how SELC is revolutionizing legal services and cultivating a new legal landscape this Spring!Read more
Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) Teach-ins provide practical, participatory, and action oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Through these trainings and guided discussion on specific legal issues within the sharing, or new, economy, SELC hopes to inform and empower our communities towards resiliency.
Find future Legal Cafe Teach-ins at our Legal Cafe event page!
Teach-ins that SELC has hosted in the past include
- how to start a Cottage Food Operation (a.k.a. Home-Based Food Business),
- legal issues around Co-Housing,
- "know your rights" workshops,
- and how to set up and create systems of accountability within a worker-owned business.
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Below, please tell us what subject, idea, or legal area that you'd like SELC to provide for the community in an inviting and collaborative discussion! Don't be shy!
Sustainable Economies Law Center maintains the Land and Housing section on the Community Enterprise Law website, which is a legal resource on housing and land use.
Elders deserve to live with housing security in a community of their choosing and retain self-determination for as long as possible. The Sustainable Economies Law Center is increasing its legal support for cooperatively-owned, resident-controlled housing options for seniors. That's why we've brought on a Borchard Fellow for Law & Aging, Julie Gilgoff, to help realize this vision. To find out more, please visit our Aging Cooperatively webpage.
The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services supporting the creation of:
Find the dates and locations for each Legal Cafe on our Legal Cafe events calendar.
SELC's Teach-ins provide practical, participatory, and action oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Many of our most popular teach-ins focus on housing co-ownership, innovative ways of financing land and housing, and more. Check our events calendar for upcoming events and teach-ins!
Past Teach-ins have included:
- The Gritty, Moral Solution to the Housing Crisis with David Giesen
Legalizing Tiny Homes: The Ten-Year Plan
Chapter 9 of SELC’s book, Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy, focuses on legal tools for the creation of more economically sustainable housing models.
SELC is creating detailed legal case studies of communities and housing solutions that emphasize sharing, affordability, and sustainability. This work looks particularly at models of shared housing, including cohousing communities, ecovillages, and housing cooperatives. The legal case studies are designed to allow other groups to replicate existing housing models. Click here for one legal case study by SELC.
Please find all the dates and locations of SELC's Resilient Communities Legal Cafes and Teach-ins below. You can also view all of our events, including workshops, trainings, Happy Hours, and more on SELC's events page by clicking here.
Alternatively, view all of SELC's events in a Google calendar here. We look forward to seeing you at a future SELC event where we provide not only resources but create the community relationships that will build the new economy!
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