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THEME: SIMPLICITY CONVERSATION CIRCLES AND RESOURCES

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No. 63 August - September 2009                   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:      

Column I
1.  SIMPLICITY CONVERSATION CIRCLES
2.  NEW BOOKS FOR SALE AT HIGHLANDER BOOKSTORE
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (see new items below)
4.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
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  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
Column II
7.  PROVERB OF THE MONTH
8.  IN MINNESOTA

3.  SIMPLICITY CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness By Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. New Society Publishers, 2009

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The last chapter of this book is a guide to how to set up Simplicity Conversation Circles, something our society badly needs.  The publisher's blurb about this book says:

Our obsessive pursuit of wealth isn't working -- people are afraid and anxious; we're destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy.

But there's another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply - that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth. Less is More is a compelling collection of essays by people who have been writing about Simplicity for decades -including Jim Merkel, Bill McKibben, Duane Elgin, Juliet Schor, Ernest Callenbach, John de Graaf, and more. They bring us a new vision of Less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with Less becomes a life of More: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more security.

When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being part of a caring community. Less is More shows how to turn individual change into a movement that leads to policy changes in government and corporate behavior, work hours, the wealth gap and sustainability. It will appeal to those who want to take back their lives, their planet and their well-being.
Other related books include:

Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre by Cecile Andrews. New Society Publishers, 2006, 244 pages.
This book analyzes the subtle consumer, political and corporate forces stamping the joy from our existence and provides a vision of a more fulfilling life through the rediscovery of caring community, unhurried leisure, and life affirming joie de vivre.

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The Circle Of Simplicity by Cecile Andrews.  Harper Collins, 1997, 256 pages
In this book Cecile Andrews offers her thoughtful take on what has gone wrong, closely examining all that is troubling about our modern lives, and fashioning a pragmatic blueprint for change.
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The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience by Rob Hopkins.  Green Books, UK, 2008, 240 pages.
The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead when oil runs out can have a positive outcome - changes that can lead to the rebirth of local communities.

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The Transition Timeline: for a local, resilient future. By Shaun Chamberlin. Green Books. 2009, 190 pages.
“The Transition Timeline provides an invaluable set of innovative approaches, new narratives and creative thinking tools that will prove vital in enabling us to shape a new kind of society and a new kind of economy; stable in the long term, locally resilient, but still active in a global context, rich in quality jobs, a strong sense of purpose and reliant on indigenous, in-exhaustible energy. It should be read by everyone, immediately!”
Paul Allen, Director, Centre for Alternative Technology.

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2.  NEW BOOKS FOR SALE AT HIGHLANDER BOOKSTORE

New books for sale at Highlander Bookstore for activists, popular educators, and others concerned with social justice.  http://www.highlandercenter.org/r-bookstore.asp

cover ECONOMICS FOR EVERYONE: A SHORT GUIDE TO THE ECONOMICS OF CAPITALISM by Jim Stanford, Economist for the Canadian Auto Workers; $25.00
cover PLANNING TO CHANGE THE WORLD by the Education for Liberation Network; $18.00

 
3. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES  (Please send information about other links. -- the editor)
New in this issue:

From the EdChange website: “We, at EdChange, are commited to helping create more equitable and just schools and communities. We act to shape schools, organizations, and communities in which the full diversity of people have opportunities to live, learn, and thrive free from oppression.”  Their free handouts are at http://www.edchange.org/handouts.html

4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

October 8-12, 2009 Highlander's 2nd Wild & Wonderful, Witty & Wacky Workshop Work Week!! The Highlander Center, New Market, TN ("Transformative." "Changed my life." "What a powerful community we built." "Do it again.")  http://viewfromthehill.org/?p=1170

October 9, 2009
A Popular Education Mini-conference: Using the Arts as Tools for Social Analysis and Action in Education and Organizing 1:00 to 6:00 pm

October 23-25, 2009 Training for Social Action Trainers Twin Cities, MN, Fri 6:00 pm to Sun 6:00 pm (…an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists -- anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively.) http://www.trainingforchange.org/node/290  

January 3 to 14, 2010 International Training Course on Popular Education in Health: Dignity, Empowerment and Equity: Participatory and Community-Based Strategies for Health (Hands-On Learning to Promote and Expand the Right to Health) Santiago and Concepción, Chile  www.epes.cl  epes2010@epes.cl

March 4-6, 2010 7th Annual WE LEARN (Net)Working Gathering on Women & Literacy
University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus, Providence, RI

5.  FOR LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES  click here
A Google search for "popular education" produces an interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the past.  Also the wikipedia entry for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this newsletter, needs some revising and additions.  Finally, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global links to the work.

 

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7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. - Italian Proverb

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8. IN MINNESOTA

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October 9, 2009 Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm A Popular Education Mini-conference: Using the Arts as Tools of Social Analysis and Action in Popular Education and Organizing, First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt Curve Ave, Minneapolis.  For more information, click here to visit our website OR click here to register.

Other Events in Minnesota

September 24, 2009 Thursday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Building the Emerging Social Justice Movement, Glaciers Cafe in the Mosaic Building, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, Headwaters Foundation for Justice.  To RSVP monica@headwatersfoundation.org
For more information

October 23-25, 2009 Training for Social Action Trainers Twin Cities, MN, Fri 6:00 pm to Sun 6:00 pm (…an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists -- anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively.) http://www.trainingforchange.org/node/290