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 1641 West Broadway.

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

November 5 – November’s selection will focus on a few chapters from “Sacred Economics”, by Charles Eisenstein, facilitated by Amanda Krichbaum. Please read the introduction and chapters 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, and 22. They promise these are short!

Here’s the book’s blurb: Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

Sacred Economics is available to read for free online.

December 3 – “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, but we’ve committed to purchasing a few books for anyone that would like to borrow a copy. 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/

Here’s the books 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.

Previous Readings

  • “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