Janelle Orsi is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy to support practices such as barter, sharing, cooperatives, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, community-supported enterprises, and local investing. Janelle is also a "sharing economy lawyer" in private practice, specializing in helping communities share housing and cars, form cooperatives, launch urban farming initiatives, and form social enterprises. Janelle earned her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Can We Harness Americans’ Retirement Savings to Create Local Sustainable Economies?
What would it take for you to pull your retirement savings out of Wall Street and invest it in things that enrich your local community? Could you invest your IRA or 401(k) in, say, a local farm, solar cooperative, worker cooperative, or housing cooperative?
August 25, 2017
What’s the Role of the Legal System in Creating an Equitable Economy?
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Janelle Orsi, founder of The Sustainable Economies Law Center.
February 15, 2017
Homeownership is Dead! Long Live the Permanent Real Estate Cooperative!
Imagine that a group of people works hard to fill their neighborhood with urban farms, bike lanes, parks, murals, community services, and education programs. Next, imagine that those same people are forced to move away. Ouch, that bites.
August 19, 2016
Just How “Legal” Are Seed Libraries?
After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a community seed library, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law.
August 12, 2014
The Sharing Economy Just Got Real
The legal problems of the sharing economy just got real.
September 16, 2013
Cooperation law for a sharing economy
What do you call a lawyer who helps people share, cooperate, barter, foster local economies, and build sustainable communities?
September 24, 2010
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