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. For the duration of the period where we are all being called upon to practice social distancing we will be having the meetings online using Zoom. See the description below for the meeting room link.

Membership consists of an email list that will be notified of upcoming titles. To get on the Study Circle mailing list you can visit our mailing list subscription page to add yourself. 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

September 1 – “Me and White Supremacy Workbook”, by Layla Saad.

We plan to further the work in understanding and helping to dismantle White Supremacy in ourselves, our communities, and beyond as we work toward a just transition. On September 1, we will discuss the launch among those who wish to undertake Layla Saad’s 28-day program detailed in the Me and White Supremacy Workbook which you can order from Tsunami Books (541.345.8986). There will be a brief discussion about the program and an opportunity to meet with your pod to develop the structure. For more information about Saad’s program, check out this video:

There will be an online group that Brenda Wills will coordinate, and Luke Grossmiller will coordinate the one that meets in person. The in-person group will meet in Sladden Park at 6:30 pm. The online meeting will occur over Zoom.  To receive a link, contact Brenda at: revbswills (at) gmail (dot) com or Alberta at: apedroja (at) gmail (dot) com.  

Hope to see you there!

Previous Readings

  • “How to Be an Anti-Racist”, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone”, by Astra Taylor
  • “Think like a Commoner, A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons”, by David Bollier
  • Cooperatives – The Working World (Video), TESA Collective (Video), Worker Cooperative People Skills (ebook)
  • People’s Economy housing policy section: How We Build Our Neighborhoods
  • “Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations”, by Frederic Laloux
  • 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