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Tiffany Clark presenting at 2013 Twin Oaks Communities ConferenceI am now focused on public writing, speaking, and interview engagements:

My focus is currently on public writing, speaking, and interview engagements, rather than on accepting new clients. For information on why I’ve changed my focus, please visit my About page. Also note, this focus shall remain as such until further notice. You can receive notice of any change in this focus, by subscribing to my blog.

For an example of one such engagement, photographed to the left, click here. This 2013 engagement involved research, writing, and speaking about legal options for forming egalitarian, intentional communities. I may be available for engagements involving repeat performances on this same topic, but see below for information about my preferred topics.

In any event, through such engagements I will only offer general legal and policy information. I will not offer legal advice. Legal advice is confidential, and scrupulously customized to each client’s or joint clients’ particular, and thoroughly researched situation. By contrast, general legal and policy is generalized and may not be either current, or applicable in particular circumstances. I only provide legal advice to clients. And I only take on new clients via forming written, signed attorney-client agreements with them. But, unfortunately, as noted above, I am taking on no new clients at this time. Yet I firmly believe legal advice is critical before taking action, and so strongly recommend obtaining it.

My fees for public writing, speaking, and interview engagements are negotiable, in consideration of the needs of all involved. This is in part due to my affinity for gift economy and Natural Law/Resource-Based Economy (“NLRBE”) models.

Current topics of interest, for writing, speaking, and interview engagements:

My current interest is to help the world understand and transition to a Natural Law/Resource-Based Economy (NLRBE), or something like it. To learn more about what I mean by “NLRBE,” and why I mostly stopped using the term “RBE,” click here.

To that end, here are NLRBE-related topics I am currently most interested in:

  • What exactly are we aiming for, at the end of the day? That is,
  • What are the overarching ways we might encourage transition to an NLRBE? For example,
    • Public education, of the sort that simply explains the reasons for shifting to an NLRBE (e.g., writing, speaking, and videography)?
    • Public education, of the sort that models and exposes people to hands-on, ah-ha experiences of living elements of an NLRBE (e.g., forming egalitarian, intentional communities)?
    • Advocacy for minor legislative or administrative change, within our current socio-economic system (e.g., signing petitions designed to push governmental agencies to enforce current protective laws, like those assuring unemployment or health care benefits)?
    • Advocacy for major legislative or administrative change, but, again, still within our current socio-economic system (e.g., advocating for a “basic income)?
  • What are the pros and cons of each general approach above, in terms of both:
    • Ability to make a significant contribution towards transitioning us to an NLRBE?
    • Ability to maintain a sufficient level of participant well-being in their execution?

The above topics are my focus now, and may be for some time to come.

So, for the time being at least, I’ll be most receptive to engagements regarding these areas. However, as noted previously, I may also be available for repeat performances of my prior presentation about legal options for forming egalitarian, intentional communities.

Possible future topics of interest:

Going forward, I believe my focus may shift more narrowly to topics like:

  • To the extent we focus on living elements of an NLRBE now, what are some specific legal options for doing so?
  • What are the pros and cons of such specific legal options, again both in terms of:
    • Ability to truly transition us to an NLRBE; and
    • Ability to maintain a sufficient level of participant well-being in their execution?

The legal options I focus on may include both 1) forming entities explicitly seeking an NLRBE; and 2) forming entities promoting what are in fact NLRBE elements. Examples of the latter would include entities that promote the free sharing of power, income, labor, and personal, real, and intellectual property. More specifically, I’m referring to entities that want to help increase the amount of resources accessible to all, regardless of income. For example:

  • Organizations that promote the growth of “the commons” through gifting to the public domain, such as the Wikimedia Foundation (the force behind Wikipedia), and Creative Commons;
  • Entities that promote the creation and/or distribution of open source intellectual property, i.e., open source hardware and software (e.g., open source invention labs, clubs, and websites, etc., such as the organization called “Open Source Ecology,” described in the 4 minute Ted Talk to the right) (note: OSE is not a client of mine);
  • Entities that promote free sharing of personal property (e.g., tool lending libraries, such as the tool lending library depicted on my Home page);
  • Entities promoting the growing of fully shared food (e.g., community gardens, especially ones that reduce labor through aquaponics and other high-tech arrangements).
  • Entities the promote the kind of sharing described above, but from the home-base of a closer knit sharing community, such as a community that shares housing and income (e.g., 501(d)communities, such as higher-tech, open source promoting versions of the egalitarian 501(d) community, Twin Oaks, depicted in the 27 minute video to the right) (note: Twin Oaks is not a client of mine). This was the topic discussed in my talk covered in the blog post mentioned previously. Hence, as also mentioned previously, it’s a topic I’m likely to be available to re-address in future writing, speaking, and interview engagements.
  • Entities and individuals who want to help remove land from the speculative market and into a state of being permanently designated for sharing purposes (e.g., land trusts dedicating land to shared housing and public sharing-focused endeavors).

That said, I may also explore legal options that involve a greater monetary-exchange component, such as producer, consumer, worker, and solidarity cooperatives, and other “social enterprises.”

In addition, I may in the future be receptive to engagements related to even more specific, “how-to,” general legal information topics like:

  • Choice of entity and tax status;
  • Entity formation;
  • Entity governance;
  • Entity tax considerations;
  • Open source intellectual property; and
  • Employment law compliance.

I hope what I have to offer matches with what you need, and that I can help fill out your ezine issue, book, conference program, or radio, video, or podcast schedule! Please feel free to contact me to see!