6/18 Reading Group: The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk

June 4, 2013 in Reading Group

When: First discussion on Tuesday, June 18th. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Please complete chapters 1 & 2 for the first meeting.
Where: Deerpile (above City O City at the corner of 13th Avenue and Sherman)

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.

Current Book:
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

Vote on the Book for the Next Reading Group!

May 29, 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.

Those of us who have been attending the reading group recently have selected a number of books which we are interested in readying. But we would like to know your preferences. Please vote for your top three choices from among the list below. The book which receives the most votes will be the one we read next. (Other top choices will be considered for future reading selections.)

Please be sure to send in your vote by Tuesday, June 4th. We will let you know right away which book is selected, so that you have time to get the book and begin reading it before we meet for our first discussion on Tuesday, June 18th.

The reading group will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45pm at the Deerpile (above City O City at the corner of 13th Avenue and Sherman). We are excited that the Occupy General Assembly (GA) meetings will be held in Lincoln Park for the summer, making it easy to walk from our book discussions to GA.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to engaging in lively discussions with you soon!

In peace and friendship,

The Reading Group

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