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Janelle Orsi

Executive Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

I am a lawyer, writer, and cartoonist focused on creating a more just, equitable, and sharing world. My legal clients are worker cooperatives, housing cooperatives, urban farms, technology cooperatives, and other groups doing innovative work to change the world. I co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center in 2009. I am author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution (Nolo Press 2009).

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

The Sustainable Economies Law Center facilitates the growth of sustainable and localized economies through education, research, legal services, and policy advocacy. We focus on the development of cooperatives and other democratic legal structures. We work to re-imagine the legal profession worldwide, and to support lawyers who are shifting the focus of their work to developing positive local economies. We also advocate for laws to remove barriers to small enterprise, sharing economies, crowdfunding, and complementary currencies.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Oakland, California, USA

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

We’re supporting the creation of millions of new enterprises so that every community can reinvent its systems for accessing food, energy, clothing, goods, water, housing, transportation, healthcare, and other components of a good life.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

Cooperatives are THE thing.