Green Conversations: May/June 2013

connect informally with others who care about green living & values

WHEN:        1st and 3rd  (and occasional 5th)  Mondays  at  5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Java Joe’s Coffee Shop, 2950 Johnson Drive, Ste. 125  (805) 642-4332

More info, contact Janette at 652-1213 or

Selection for May-June 2013:

Humanizing the Economy by John Restakis

May 20: ­ Chapters 1-4        June 3: Chapters 5-8      June 17: Chapters 9-11

For a sort of Cliff Notes version of Humanizing the Economy, see:

 We welcome anyone interested in issues of
sustainability, green choices, ecojustice, and related themes.

Conversations start with the book and go wherever the interests of the participants lead. The books are chosen based on topics of interest and written by authors we wish we could invite in person.

FAQ: Do I have to read the book?” Well…… it is great
if you do read the book. On the other hand, if the topic interests you,
please come, even if you don’t always have time to do all the reading.

For a sort of Cliff Notes version of Humanizing the Economy, see:

More about Humanizing the Economy:

“At the close of the twentieth century, corporate capitalism extended its reach over the globe. The entrenchment of this free market system is undermining the foundations of healthy societies, caring communities, and personal wellbeing. Humanizing the Economy shows how co-operative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just, and humane future. With over 800 million members in 85 countries and a long history linking economics to social values, the co-operative movement is the most powerful grassroots movement in the world. Its future as an alternative to corporate capitalism is explored through a wide range of real-world examples including: Emilia Romagna¹s co-operative  economy in Northern Italy; Argentina¹s recovered factory movement; Japan¹s consumer and health co-operatives. Highlighting the hopes and struggles of everyday people seeking to make their world a better place, Humanizing the Economy is essential reading for anyone who cares about the reform of economics, globalization, and social justice.

John Restakis has been active in the co-op movement for 15 years. He is the Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association and has been a consultant for co-op development projects in Africa and Asia. A pioneering researcher into international co-operative economies, he writes and lectures on economic democracy and the role of co-operatives in humanizing economies.






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