How the Law Stops Us Sharing, And What We Can Do To Change It

Sustainable Economies Law Center/Video screen capture

From sharing your storage space to renting out your dog, there's a renewed interest in sharing, borrowing, and lending. And while some of it is profit-motivated, some—like these neighbors who removed their fences and started a garden—is done purely for the purpose of building community and pursuing mutual self-interest.

In either case, though, folks are doing things a little differently than our mainstream economy has taught us to do. And as demonstrated by the recent news that Air BnB now owes hotel tax in San Francisco, or the citizens forced to pour bleach on a farm-to-table dinner, doing things differently can create legal gray areas which can get in the way of more sharing.

That's where the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) comes in, exploring ways to make our economy more collaborative, more sustainable and more just through better application of the law—especially as it relates to the emerging, informal sharing economy.

Here's a video from SELC about their legal adventures in the new economy:

And here co-founders Janelle Orsi and Jennifer Kassan talk a little more about their work with Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment TV:

Tags: Collaborative Consumption | Economics | Living With Less | United States