The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Paperback)
June 2009 Indie Next List
“In these economic times, this book is an amazing resource for people who are looking for ways to both reduce the amount of stuff they have and build community. The Sharing Solution guides you with worksheets, sample agreements, and real-life examples of people saving money and helping each other prosper.”
— Luan Stauss, Laurel Book Store, Oakland, CA
From housing and childcare to cars and household tools, many people are motivated to share resources but don’t know how or where to start. The Sharing Solution is a practical and legal guidebook designed to help people create and maintain successful sharing arrangements while addressing commonly held concerns about liability and individual security. Who can benefit from sharing? Busy parents looking for help with meals or pet care; Retirees who are looking to share needed services; Anyone who wishes to purchase property but can’t afford a singlefamily home; Those who wish to work fewer hours, but need to reduce living expenses; Professionals who work in the field of community economic development; Lowincome residents or those who require or desire a purchase that they cannot singlehandedly afford. And, not least of all, people who are concerned about the environment and wish to find ways to make their lifestyles more sustainable. In fact, statistics tell us that many people belong to this group and that there is enormous interest in the reduction of waste and consumption with fewer tons of solid waste hitting U.S. landfills and greater numbers of people recycling and composting, with 62% of yard waste composted, and a 40% increase in container and packaging recycling in 2007.
About the Author
Janelle is an attorney specializing in helping people share resources and create sustainable communities. She works with cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profits, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and anyone else doing innovative work to change the world. Janelle lives in "casual cohousing," shares garden space and regular meals with her neighbors, takes part in a grocery co-op, shares an office space, and is always looking for new ways to share in her life. Janelle can't wait to see what the future looks like, when carsharing, mealsharing, community food gardens, cohousing, cooperatives, and tool lending libraries become part of everyone's normal way of life. It will be a beautiful world!
Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and coauthor of A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples.