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The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community Paperback – May 18, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In general, Nolo press writes the best Pro-per books available for the layman. I've been using them for over thirty years, still do, and have a complete library of their... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bob "MAVERICK" Stanford
You can write this book in 10 pages
This book is amazing!!!! It has great and diverse ideas, example sharing arrangements, example legal documents, tons of resourcesPublished 7 months ago by MiniBarry
I guess I must be a die hard, self-centered capitalist, because I found most of the ideas in this book repulsive, or at least doomed to failure. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brize Books
This is Such an inspiring and practical book! I can't wait to get started on setting up my own share group!Published on June 16, 2014 by Phoebe
The sharing solution is a good resource for community living. The timing seems appropriate as the "minimalist" movement is beginning to take hold. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by J. Snavely
On as micro and macro level, this book offers ideas on solutions regarding how to contribute through maximizing shared everyday tasks in a changing and perhaps shrinking world. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Hans Castorp
I would very much like to have seen some of the following in this book. They are not there:
"In our surveys we found that... Read more
Picked up the Sharing Solution and now understand all those "situations" with friends where things just didn't work out right. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Ada Chan