New York Times: How to Regulate Disruption in the Sharing Economy

Legal problems have put companies like Airbnb and Lyft in the spotlight, revealing that our laws leave very little room for innovation. It’s not a matter of deciding whether it should be legal to use Airbnb and Lyft. It’s a matter of deciding how, where, when and how much. A more nuanced legal system could figure this out, by balancing concerns about housing affordability, health and safety, impact on neighborhoods, and the imperative to reduce consumption and carbon emissions....

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Competition from UberX, Lyft has D.C. taxis crying foul

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EXCERPT: “These platforms are enabling people to do business in ways they never could before,” said Janelle Orsi, executive director of the Oakland, Calif.-based Sustainable Economies Law Center. “These platforms offer ways to connect with each other really easily, which has a lot of benefits in creating income for people but is really shaking up the market.”

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DRIVERS ACCUSE CAR APP UBER OF DICTATING TERMS, SKIMMING TIPS

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EXCERPTJanelle Orsi, an attorney in Oakland, California and co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, specializes in helping clients navigate the laws of the sharing economy. She told Al Jazeera in an email that the Uber case is a tough call, because both the company and the drivers have strong arguments.

“One thing is certain: The more that Uber dictates how drivers work, what they charge, and so on, the more likely it is that a court would find that they are creating employment relationships with drivers,” she wrote.

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Grassroots versus corporatized sharing economy: a conversation on KPFA Radio 4/7/14

KPFA_logo.pngA conversation with SELC's program directors Ricardo Nuñez and Yassi Eskandari-Qajar about the where the sharing economy is at and where SELC believes it should be going. One listener replied after the show, "Gettin to call in to the SELC folks. It does not get any better than that. Thank you." 

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Introducing the grassroots sharing economy: a conversation on KION Radio 4/5/14

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, Director of SELC's City Policies and Community Currencies programs, discusses the potential for the grassroots sharing economy to transform our communities and the way we work, live, consume, and exchange.

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Bonta tackles worker co-ops

alamedan_logo_1_1.pngBills that would revamp the community college accreditation process and permit worker cooperatives are among the nearly two dozen proposed so far by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta during the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session.

By Michele Ellson at the Alamedan

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OAKLAND NONPROFITS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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SELC IS AN OAKLAND NONPROFIT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

featured in the Bold Italic Magazine

I am constantly inspired by all the amazing organizations and community movements in Oakland. There are many wonderful nonprofits working hard to create opportunities, facilitate growth, and bring together different residents for a single cause.

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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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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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