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"This canny, thorough book offeres detailed advice on how to make clear sharing agreements and minimize potential confusion and conflict." (ERNEST CALLENBACH, author of Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging )

"[G]reat practical advice on how to act on our best instincts toward sustaining our society as well as ourselves in the 21st century." (BRUCE SIEVERS, Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University )

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From the neighborhood level to the global, sharing may be the single most important strategy to reduce our environmental impact, gain financial health, promote equity and have fun. The Sharing Solution provides valuable advice and how-to tips for seasoned sharers and new converts. T his book is a tremendously valuable resource for us all, and a must-read for those who want to chart a new path: a more sustainable, more compassionate and more fun one.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life &
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413310214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413310214
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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i bought this because my girlfriend and i are thinking of purchasing some land together with friends. not only did it answer my questions, but it really got me thinking about how to share even more stuff. the authors seem to be incredibly knowledgeable about this subject, and i appreciate that there are some lawyers out there who care about the world. like they said, it's not just a financial benefit, but it also creates community.
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I have always been interested in learning more about Cohousing. It's a growing movement that started in Europe. I have a few friends who have been discussing this as a possibility in our older years and I have never really understood the legalities. The sharing solution made it all clear.

The Sharing solution is a new book by Nolo Press that about....yes, Sharing. It's not just about Cohousing, it goes over many different ways you can share including household goods, sharing food, sharing child/pet care, sharing transportation & sharing at work. It gives detailed information about how to find sharing partners and what questions to ask and because of course it's a Nolo book, gives forms you can use in your sharing adventures.

This is such a timely book, and gives so many ideas on ways to share and save money. Another great Nolo book.
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I don't expect to embrace sharing as an entirely new way of life, but this book helped me see many new ways I can share more than I do now. It's causing me to think and consider how I can help myself, help others, and help the planet. The book gives me the tools I will need to forge new relationships that will endure and surmount the inevitable messiness of human interactions. Well researched and very readable. All in all, I think this book is a fresh breeze!
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I live in a situation that requires the sharing of many resources, from space to items. I wanted to learn more about how to efficiently do this, and I happened on this treasure of a book. Nothing can cause resentment or irritation faster than mishandling someone else's items, no matter how close you are, and this book lays out the guidelines from small issues/things to huge and vast ones.

You might think a lot of this is common sense. I mean, things like siting down and coming up with a contract or personal rule list for communal property seems obvious. Yet, how many of us have done things like this? This book basically takes the experience of the authors and writes it out for the rest of us to apply in a practical and easy manner. I can't tell you how many times I remember friends saying, "It won't be an issue! My neighbor/spouse/SO/friend/mother-in-law will understand!" This will hopefully avoid a few of those problems we all encounter, which can potentially ruin relationships.

The book is quite thorough, and covers everything from items, land, large group purchases (tools) to services like sharing childcare/carpooling. It is also pointed out that not only does successful sharing save money, but it's environmentally good in some cases, and most of all, good sharing can save a relationship from getting ruined. I actually am tempted to recommence this book to friends getting married and moving in together, too. I think it's a great asset to anyone who will find themselves in such a situation, or for those who want to start sharing.

Sustainability is something we should all strive for. This is an excellent place to start.
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I would bet that a book like this probably existed thirty or forty years ago at the height of the 60s/70s counterculture alongside things like the Whole Earth Catalog. But a lot has changed since then -- the science of environmentalism has advanced, as has the culture of mindless greed that caused the 2008 economic train wreck, and communal living of all sorts has receded from the mainstream. In fact, it's only in the last ten years or so as Peak Oil has come to be a possibility, housing prices have gone through the roof, and victories in the battle over same-sex marriage have shown how far this country has to go that the legal issues of cooperation have come back to the fore.

So Nolo Press brings us this. From ridesharing all the way up to communal housing developments, the authors Orsi and Doskow lay out the many and varied issues involved in sharing -- ownership shares, niceties of communication, business partnership issues -- and provide a simple, easy-to-follow approach to dealing with them. Tables and worksheets lay out the variables in a simple-to-follow fashion, and case studies show the principles the authors lay out in action.

The social isolation that once allowed people to start and operate a collaboration on a handshake no longer exists in the United States or most of the Westernized world, if it ever really did to begin with. Nolo Press has always sought to be a substitute for that, making many legal procedures accessible to nonspecialists. This book continues that long tradition, bringing the reader as close to handshake-contract territory as is reasonably possible.
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If you are looking for a way to share almost anything and do it in a manner that is legal, ethical and as free from trouble as possible, this is an excellent resource to have at your disposal. It contains tons of checklists to use which help you think of all of the issues that need to be addressed with different types of sharing arrangements.

Sharing builds wealth. We all have things that we don't fully utilize and our culture wants us to buy more things so they can sit in our home and draw dust and/or end up in a landfill. This book provides a blueprint for putting that stuff to use as well as being able to use things that belong to others. In this time of economic turmoil, this book could not have come at a better time.

Side benefit: If you ever have any interest in forming a business partnership, many of the concepts contained in the book are applicable in a business context as well.
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