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 1623 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!

Upcoming Meetings

February 4th – We will be taking a look at the Just Transitions strategy for moving to a regenerative economy. With all that is happening, it is clear that there WILL be a transition. How can we prepare for that? These readings focus on the Indigenous Principles of Just Transitions. You can expect that we will:

  • Familiarize ourselves with these foundations and discover alignment or lack of alignment with the perspectives of front-line defenders.
  • Explore whether we might find the Declaration to be an Agreement of Alliance that we can rally behind and with, to help identify allies and partners, and to facilitate focus and consensus process within Cooperation Eugene moving forward.

Here are three PDF files to read in preparation for the meeting.

This YouTube video offers you a brief introduction to the perspective.

Previous Readings

  • 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