Re: More on Janelle Orsi - Cohousing Attorney (was Re: Worker Coops and the Law)
From: oz (ozozragland.com)
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
P.S. She is also presenting at the Art of Community conference (at
Westminster Woods in Occidental, CA on Sept 21-23).
http://www.artofcmty.com/

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM, oz <oz [at] ozragland.com> wrote:

>
> Janelle Orsi rocks - I'm a big fan of her work.
>
> She has fascinating ideas around sharing and has created great online
> resources, advocated specific legislative action in CA, and actively worked
> with community groups of many forms, including cohousing. She's also the
> co-author of The Sharing Solution, published by Nolo Press.
>
> In addition to the Cohousing Conference breakout session (which was
> excellent), Janelle gave a more casual presentation in the Cohousing
> California Parklet - a unique public space which Raines Cohen and friends
> provided right outside the Oakland convention center.
>
> She gave more political context about how problematic it can be to share
> resources in the United States. In this country, much of what Cohousing
> runs up against are laws and regulations which, at their basis, protect the
> rights of the underdog in adversarial relationships, i.e,. developer/home
> buyer, employer/employee, restaurant/patron, producer/consumer, rich/poor,
> etc. When the same people are in both positions, the laws are protecting us
> from ourselves, which can get pretty weird.
>
> Some related websites:
>
> Cohousing California
> http://www.calcoho.org/
>
> Janelle's Law Practice
> http://janelleorsi.com/
>
> Sharing Solution (the book's website)
> http://www.sharingsolution.com/
>
> Sustainable Economics Law Center (a non-profit co-founded by Janelle) -
> who's mission
> http://www.theselc.org
>
> She also has some great videos on YouTube
> http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=janelle+orsi
>
> Oz Ragland
> ozragland.com
>
> On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:52 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> 
> wrote:
>
> >
> > Hi Eric --
> >
> > At the cohousing conference in Oakland this past June, Janelle Orsi and
> > Cynthia Hawley gave a fabulous presentation on the law and cohousing, non
> > profits, cooperatives, etc.  I'm sure if you wrote them they would make
> > their extensive 89 page handout available to you.
> >
> > Janelle.Orsi [at] gmail.com
> > cynthiahawley [at] att.net
> >
> > Their presentation was one of the best I've ever attended on any
> cohousing
> > related topic.
> >
> > Best --
> >
> > Ann Zabaldo
> > Takoma Village Cohousing
> > Washington, DC
> > Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
> > Falls Church VA
> > 703-688-2646
> >
> > On Jul 28, 2012, at 12:18 PM, Eric Giegerich wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Dear Cohousing List,
> > >
> > > I'm planning to go to law school and I'm quite interested in cohousing,
> > coops, and community.  Having cooperatively bought a house with friends
> > some years ago, I realized how difficult our laws are when we tried to
> get
> > a bank loan.  In any case, I'm particularly interested in cohousing from
> a
> > legal perspective.  I wanted to ask the list for tips or leads on legal
> > resources relevant to cohousing, coops, and community, or related areas
> of
> > alternative law.  Case studies would also be useful.  So would
> literature,
> > key figures in the field, any law firms and nonprofit legal advocacy
> groups
> > that people have dealt with successfully.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance!
> > > Eric
> >
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