BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
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Selection for January:
Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home
by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout
“Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to the advantages of “slow” to our community decision making. Susan Clark and Woden Teachout outline the qualities of real, local decision-making and show us the range of ways that communities are breathing new life into participatory democracy around the country. We meet residents who seize back control of their municipal water systems from global corporations, parents who find unique solutions to seemingly divisive school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizens across the nation who have designed local
decision-making systems to solve the problems unique to their area in ways that work best for their communities. Though rooted in the direct participation that defined our nation’s early days, slow democracy is not a romantic vision for reigniting the ways of old. Rather, the strategies outlined here are uniquely suited to 21st-century technologies and culture.
Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation. Her democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award.Her work strengthening communities has included directing a community activists’ network and facilitating town visioning forums.
A historian and cultural critic interested in the development of American patriotic culture, Woden Teachout has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Harvard, as well as, Middlebury College and Goddard. Her most recent book, Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism (Basic Books, 2009), was widely reviewed, including by The Wall Street Journal.
7: Forward, Preface, Intro and Chapters 1-4
January 21: Chapters 5-8
February 4: Chapter 9 through Appendix A
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