IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting fellow, Janelle Orsi - Creating the Next Economy: A Cartoon Guide to Designing Organizations, Navigating Laws, and Building Resilient Communities
16 March 2015, 17.45 for 18.00 start
Room G25 Reynold Lecture Theatre, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ
To thrive in the face of looming economic and ecological crises, every community needs to reinvent its systems for accessing food, energy, goods, water, housing, and transportation. Land trusts, worker-owned cooperatives, community-supported farms, renewable energy cooperatives, local currencies, and a wide variety of unique enterprises and organizations will build the foundation for the next economy. The necessary legal, governance, and financial structures will demand creativity, calling upon designers, lawyers, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and many others to aid in the invention of truly just and resilient economies. Lawyer and cartoonist, Janelle Orsi will take us on a visual tour of this next economy, breaking down complex legal and economic concepts, and promising to leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.
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. She is in the UK as a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Fellow, co-sponsored by the Cabot Institute.