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Yassi Eskandari leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s City and Regional Policies work, identifying municipal-level barriers to SELC’s work and producing policy solutions that support community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. For the past two years, she has been particularly focused on the legal barriers to the grassroots sharing economy, including shared transportation, shared housing, urban food systems, and complementary forms of exchange. As the sharing economy has become increasingly popular, her advocacy and voice around the issue has been geared toward bringing the term back to its roots in community interdependence. SELC defines the sharing economy as the systems, organizations, and projects that share ownership, governance, risk, wealth, and knowledge.
2015 Convergence Panel: Resilient, Local Economic Development Without Displacement