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Study groups can be effective ways to begin building an ethical political community with like minded people. Developing common political affinity and understanding is very important when considering how to and what to take action on. If you are interested in starting a Demand Utopia study group, or getting involved please get in touch with the contact form below!
To start a study group simply find a few like minded people in your area. No more than three will do! Schedule a meeting time that works best. Using doodle.com is a great way to schedule a meeting. Get everyone’s contact and send them out the poll to pick a good time. Find a space at someones house, coffee shop or public library for an initial meeting. Plan for the meeting to last no less then 45 minutes.
Leading the Discussion
• Come to the discussion prepared with 10 to 15 open-ended questions. For example, instead of “Did you like the book?” ask, “What was your reading experience?”
• Questions should be used to guide the discussion and keep it on track, but be ready to let the discussion flow naturally.
• Remind participants that there are not necessarily any right answers to the questions posed
. • Don’t be afraid to criticize a reading, but try to get the group to go beyond “I just didn’t like it.” What was it about the reading that made it unappealing? The style? The pacing? The characters? Has the author written other books that you liked or disliked?
Below is a list of introductory articles for those looking for some reading about communalism and social ecology. Consider picking some of these out for your first reading!
Ursula K. Le Guin on the Future of the Left
Grassroots Democracy: The Communalist Model
Communalism: A Liberatory Alternative
What Is Social Ecology?
Radical Politics in an Era of Advanced Capitalism
Theses on Social Ecology in a Period of Reaction
The Communalist Project
A Philosophical Naturalism
History, Civilization, and Progress: Outline for a Criticism of Modern Relativism
Sociobiology or Social Ecology
The Population Myth
Will Ecology Become ‘the Dismal Science’?
Social Ecology versus Deep Ecology: A Challenge for the Ecology Movement
The Utopian Impulse: Reflections on a Tradition
Anarchism, Power, and Government
Against Consensus, for Dissensus
Cities Against Centralization
Kropotkin Was No Crackpot
The Surprising Origins of Evolutionary Complexity
The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature
The Fundamentals of Social Ecology
The Institute for Social Ecology