Janelle Orsi

16 - 23 March 2015 Janelle Orsi FTBMVP

Janelle Orsi is a lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist focused on cooperatives, the sharing economy, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, and community-supported enterprises. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Centre (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy. Janelle has also worked in private law practice at the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, focusing on sharing economy law since 2008.Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo Press 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.In 2014, Janelle was selected to be an Ashoka Fellow, joining a robust cohort of social entrepreneurs who are recognized to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. In 2010, Janelle was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, Janelle was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals "whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures."

During her stay Janelle will be presenting " Creating the Next Economy: A Cartoon Guide to Designing Organizations, Navigating Laws, and Building Resilient Communities" on Monday 16th March. Watch a recording of the event here.

She will also be participating in the workshop Sustainability, social enterprise and sharing: what’s law got to do with it? on 20 March 2015.


For further details on Janelle Orsi's visit, please contact Professor Morag McDermont at Morag.mcdermont@bristol.ac.uk.

This visit is co-sponsored with the Cabot Institute.

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