Hey! Why are there no reading groups (at least) attracted to this very practical exposee of what needs to change? Janosabel 22:14, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
Not sure what you mean? and how would you implement this? --MIchel Bauwens 16:48, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
- Maybe I used the wrong term. I mean that people who found the book worth a read may want to talk about it together (if not, why not?). More importantly, we may start thinking about how to do something about the authors message. I believe it is mostly the readers' task to ensure that the resources collected by writers are deployed (turned into action) to change things that need to be changed. ("Knowledge is [not] power" unless it is put into practice).
- Readers meet (if they are near enough to one another) or talk in a discussion space, like here, about the contents that grab their interest. Janosabel 14:02, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
The talk page could be used for discussing a book, and the discussion could be announced via facebook and twitter to draw more participants. Alternative, we could use the Ning forum structure, either freeform or by organizing a 'book of the week' discussion on different books each week ... ?
--MIchel Bauwens 17:53, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
- Thanks Michael, I like the "book of the week" idea as a start towards consolidating a holistic information resource. However, the long term purpose would be to do something about the content of the books (serious authors spend a lot of effort to collect resources in their works---including the resources being collected within this wiki---and I would like those resources put to some use rather sooner than later).
- For example, Chapter 10 is a call to activism. In it Peter Barnes outlined very helpfully how the resources of information and suggestions contained in the book can be utilized by readers from various walks of life---Parents; Wage earners; Capitalists; Commons entrepreneurs; Lawyers; Economists; Religious leaders; Politicians---using their given skills and circumstances.
- He clearly indicates that it is up to the readers to decide to *do* something about the urgent social problems caused by the outdated capitalist operating system.
- As I see it, the first stage of that *doing* consists of readers finding each other and agreeing to come together and talk. But here I need help. I am only a joiner and supporter with some ideas, not an organizer, leader, or even a networker.
- Could we let the registered users of this wiki know about this proposal and ask how many would be interested in taking part and which book they would include in the list to be considered?
- Janosabel 22:23, 9 September 2011 (UTC)