The Sharing Solution

How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community

The Sharing Solution

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The Sharing Solution

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, 1st Edition

Sharing is the answer! Build community, save money, simplify your life and live sustainably by sharing resources. This guide shows you how to:

  • Share needed resources in retirement to save money
  • Buy property with others if you can’t afford a single-family home
  • Grow your local economy with community initiatives

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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…”

ISBN
9781413310214
Number of Pages
496
Included Forms
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

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
  • Handling Disputes

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
  • Transportation Resources
  • Resources on Work and Sharing

Appendix B. Forms

  • 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
  • Sharing Agreement
  • Worksheet: Rate Your Housing Priorities
  • Goods to Lend and Borrow
  • Sample Goods Sharing Group Member Agreement
  • Home Improvement Group: Tools and Skills Assessment
  • Diet Preferences for Mealsharing
  • Fruit Harvest Agreement
  • Information Sheet for Children’s Carpool
  • Worksheet: Annual Car Expenses
  • Information Sheet for Carpool Members
  • Worksheet: Work Expenses to Consider Sharing

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