You may be motivated and committed to creating a more sustainable lifestyle in your community, but where do you start? And how can you do it without the hassle and legal entanglement that so many greener initiatives seem to require? The Sharing Solution guides you, in plain English, through the steps you’ll need to take to create and maintain successful sharing arrangements.
From housing to childcare, cars to lawnmowers, gardens to bike repair, The Sharing Solution gives you the tips and tools to share your resources, while addressing commonly held questions about liability and individual security with compassion. How can you benefit from sharing? Find out how to:
get help with meals and pet care
share needed resources in retirement to save money
buy property with others if you can’t afford a single-family home
work fewer hours while reducing living expenses
grow your local economy with community initiatives
plan to make big purchases with others to keep costs low
And, if you’re concerned about the environment and want to start living greener, The Sharing Solution is filled with environmentally sound ways to build a more sustainable – and affordable – lifestyle. Get the only book that provides the practical tools you can use to make sharing agreements. As noted author Alice Walker says, “Sharing is the answer…”
Money and Property Worksheet Time and Efficiency Worksheet Environmental Worksheet Community Building Worksheet Getting Help Worksheet What Could I Share? Neighbor Questionnaire Checklist for Discussing the 20 Questions Communication Checklist Worksheet: Rate Your Housing Priorities Goods to Lend and Borrow Home Improvement Group: Tools and Skills Assessment Diet Preferences for Meal Sharing Fruit Harvest Agreement Information Sheet for Children's Carpool Worksheet: Annual Car Expenses Information Sheet for Carpool Members Worksheet: Work Expenses to Consider Sharing
Janelle Orsi is an attorney living and working in Berkeley, California. Her law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. She specializes in nonprofit, small business, and real estate law, as well as a new field of practice -- sharing law. She has worked in a range of legal practice areas, including criminal defense, youth law, immigration, adoptions, LGBT rights, and estate planning. She attended Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.
Your Sharing Companion
Part I: Sharing Basics
1. Getting Started
What Are Your Sharing Goals?
What Can Be Shared?
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing
2. Finding Sharing Partners
Who Can I Share With?
Sharing With Your Neighbors
Sharing With Your Coworkers
Finding Sharers Online
Join Established Sharing Programs
3. 20 Questions to Ask When You Share
1. Why Are We Sharing?
2. What Are We Sharing?
3. Whom Are We Sharing With?
4. How Many People Are We Sharing With?
5. How Will the Timing of Our Arrangement Work?
6. Who Owns the Shared Items?
7. Should We Form a Separate Legal Entity?
9. What Do We Get to Do?
10. How Will We Make Decisions?
11. What Responsibilities Will Each of Us Have?
12. What Are the Rules for Using Our Shared Property or Meeting Our Shared Responsibilities?
13. How Will We Handle Administrative Matters Like Scheduling, Communication, and Record Keeping?
14. How Will We Divide Expenses and Manage Money
15. How Will We Manage Risk and Liability?
16. Are There Legal Requirements We Need to Follow?
17. How Will We Resolve Conflicts or Disputes?
18. How Will We Bring New People Into the Group?
19. How Can a Member Leave the Group?
20. How Do We End the Sharing Arrangement?
4. Thank You For Sharing: Communicating, Making Decisions, and Resolving Conflict
Communication Skills for Sharing
Making Decisions as a Group
5. Putting Your Arrangement in Writing
The Benefits of a Written Agreement
Documents Your Group Might Need
Preparing Your Documents
Getting Legal Assistance
Part II: Sharing Solutions
6. Sharing Housing
Identify Your Housing Needs
Legal Issues to Consider When Sharing a Home
Solution 1: The Co-Owned House
Solution 2: The Retrofit House
Solution 3: The Group Rental House
Solution 4: The Shared Vacation Home
Solution 5: Cohousing
Solution 6: Casual Cohousing
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Shared Housing
7. Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks, and Space
Solution 1: Share Household Items
Solution 2: Purchase Supplies and Goods Together
Solution 3: Share Services and Utilities
Solution 4: Form a Work Group for Home Projects
Solution 5: Share a Yard
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks and Space
8. Sharing Food
Solution 1: Share Meals
Solution 2: Buy Food Together
Solution 3: Community Fruit Tree Harvests
Solution 4: Shared and Community Gardens
Solution 5: Community Supported Agriculture
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Food
9. Sharing Care for Children, Family, and Pets
Issues to Consider When Sharing Care
Solution 1: Form a Community Babysitting Cooperative
Solution 2: Join a Cooperative Nursery or School
Solution 3: Share an In-Home Nanny
Solution 4: Start a Carpool
Solution 5: Share an In-Home Care Provider With Another Elder or Adult With Disabilities
Solution 6: Share Caregiving Responsibilities With Another Family
Solution 7: Share Dog Walking
Solution 8: Share Pet Care
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Family Care
10. Sharing Transportation
Solution 1: Share a Car With One or Two People
Solution 2: Start a Small Carsharing Club or Program
Solution 3: Start a Carpool
Solution 4: Share a Ride
Solution 5: Share a Bicycle
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Transportation
11. Sharing at Work
Solution 1: Share Work Space
Solution 2: Share Business-Related Equipment and Purchases
Solution 3: Sharing Employees
Solution 4: Share a Job
Solution 5: Sharing Things With Coworkers
Solution 6: Sharing Ownership With Employees
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing at Work
Appendix A. Resources
Resources on Sustainable Communities and Living Green
Community Building Resources
Legal Resources from Nolo
Resources on Communication, Decision Making, and Conflict Resolution
Resources on Shared Housing
Resources on Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks, and Space
Resources on Sharing Food
Resources on Sharing Care
Resources on Work and Sharing
Appendix B. Forms
Money and Property Worksheet
Time and Efficiency Worksheet
Community Building Worksheet
Getting Help Worksheet
What Could I Share?
Checklist for Discussing the 20 Questions
Worksheet: Rate Your Housing Priorities
Goods to Lend and Borrow
Sample Goods Sharing Group Member Agreement
Home Improvement Group: Tools and Skills Assessment