Study Circle

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 in Rob and Debbie’s living room. The address is 882 Almaden which is BEHIND 878 Almaden. It can be simplest to park in front of 1623 West Broadway BUT DON’T GO TO THE HOUSE. Instead, go up the driveway and then climb the stairs up the west side of 882 Almaden to the second floor entry.

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.

Join us for an educational discussion!

Upcoming Meetings

March 3rd – In March we will be discussing Teal. For any of you that are unfamiliar with Teal, Frederic Laloux has detailed an organizational structure based on the work of Ken Wilber. He has two books, a large compendium and a smaller version that he calls the illustrated edition. We are reading Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations Paperback. There is a site that offers the book online using a pay-what-feels-right system. Be sure to get the illustrated version. https://www.reinventingorganizations.com/pay-what-feels-right.html It’s also available as an ebook. It’s a quick read and is likely to confirm what you know in your heart with some interesting twists.

In addition to the Teal book, there is a very useful TED Talk by Daniel Pink. In his book he makes the point that once you provide a livable standard of living, money is no longer the motivator. The first part of that is not fleshed out in this TED Talk, but he is able to provide the viewer with a convincing case on the value of intrinsic motivation. https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_the_puzzle_of_motivation.

Previous Readings

  • Just Transitions strategy for moving to a regenerative economy – we read these three PDF files and we watched this YouTube video.
  • Sparking the conversation in your community: A DIY guide to planning your own community wealth building summit“, by Justine Porter
  • “The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few”, by Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard
  • “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