The Cooperation Eugene Study Circle learns about the theory and practice of systems change for the regenerative economy. We organize monthly conversations about books, articles, movies, podcasts, videos, etc. that address “What’s next?” more than “What’s wrong?” We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at Maitreya EcoVillage 1641 West Broadway. During the cold months we are meeting in Rob and Debbie’s living room.
Membership consists of an email list that will be notified of upcoming titles. To get on the list, or if you have any questions send email to: StudyCircle [at] CooperationEugene [dot] org or call Alberta at 818-903-6125. Members can choose to attend only the meetings with topics of interest to them.
A 4-person selection committee takes recommendations for material that members have previously reviewed and determined to be in the scope of the group.
Join us for an educational discussion!
December 10th (NOTE: Second Tuesday this month rather than the usual first!) – “The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few”, by Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard. The book is short and offers a hardcover, kindle, and audio version – no paperback right now. There’s also a 50-minute presentation of the book launch that provides a pretty good summary. Here’s the link for that: https://www.fiftybyfifty.org/2019/08/the-role-of-employee-ownership-in-an-economy-that-works-for-all/
Alberta has a few books left if you want to purchase one for $22 or if money is tight, you can read our library copy. Please let her know by next week, November 12, via email at apedroja [at] gmail [dot] com. They’re from Tsunami Books, our local book store.
Here’s the book’s blurb: “Society long ago democratized government, but we have never democratized the economy,” says Marjorie Kelly, co-author of The Making of a Democratic Economy, with Ted Howard. In their new book, they tell stories of an emerging economy that is designed to benefit the many, not the few. It is an economy, says Kelly, that takes us beyond the binary choice of corporate capitalism versus state socialism. It’s an economy with broad-based ownership, one that values people over capital and that works within planetary boundaries—because humans are a part of a living system and cannot survive without protecting and sustaining the planet on which we live.
January 7th – We expect an interesting, real-world discussion on January 7th. Cooperation Eugene is planning to host an economic democracy summit toward the end of 2020. This is a discussion in which leaders from around Eugene from various sectors are invited to a discussion in which we pose that the problems we all face are from a single underlying cause and the solutions lie in our ability to understand this and unite.
Poughkeepsie, NY, held a summit similar to this and wrote up a PDF how-to document which you will find here. The Study Circle discussion will consider how we can create a Eugene version of that project.
- “Sacred Economics”, by Charles Eisenstein
- “The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy”, by Joel Magnuson
- “Community: The structure of belonging”, by Peter Block
- “The Fifth Sacred Thing”, by Starhawk
- “Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World”, by Paul Hawken
- “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds”, by Adrienne Maree Brown