June 4, 2013 in Reading Group
The Occupy and Educate Denver Reading Group reads and discusses books which present a distinctly radical perspective on political and social justice issues of urgent relevance to our community and world. Our goals are to educate ourselves and one another, inspire critical analysis and discussion, build community, and provide a welcoming space where activists can reflect on what we do, re-energize, increase commitment, and explore ways to improve our effectiveness.
The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk
Collaborative organizations have the unique potential to harness their members’ ideals, passions, skills, and knowledge—if they can succeed in getting along together. The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive guide for groups seeking to organize with shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability and responsibility. This desperately needed toolkit provides keys to:
- understanding group dynamics
- facilitating communication and collective decision-making
- dealing effectively with difficult people
Drawing on four decades of experience, Starhawk shows how collaborative groups can generate the cooperation, efficacy and commitment critical to success. Her extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of RootBound—a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict— and rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The included exercises and facilitator’s toolbox show how to establish the necessary structures, ground rules and healthy norms. The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation.
Learn more about Starhawk at her website.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to engaging in lively discussions with you soon!
In peace and friendship,
The Reading Group