… and had a lively, respectful and engaging conversation about new economies.
Granted, the bar was a teetotalling cafe (Teatotaller, naturally), and our gathering was anything but a punchline. We convened each from a deep interest on the subject of sustainable economies, to discuss themes from Kate Raworth’s book Doughnut Economics. It was Feminist Article Club, a book-club-style meeting with a lower word count threshhold. (We alternate Feminist Oasis book clubs and article clubs each month, to create more diverse and inclusive containers for discussion).
The discussion materials were: George Monbiot’s, “Is protecting the environment incompatible with social justice?“, David Robert’s “The doughnut of justice: A new way to think about growth“, and the TED Talk by Kate herself: A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow. We brought along the actual full book as well, which at least two of us had read at least part of.
Our conversation ranged from discussion Feminist Oasis’ trade economy booth at Portsmouth PRIDE the day before to the revolutionary and political act of eating local.
Here are a few links that came up in conversation for those interested in this topic but who missed our conversation:
- Seacoast Local
- Occam’s Razor Applied to Poverty and the charity demand rate
- Global Ecovillage Network
- The history of NHBSR
- Business Alliance of Local Living Economies
- American Independent Business Alliance
- The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- Big Box Swindle
- Juliet Schor and working less, living more
- Great Bay Time Banks (!!)
A quote that came up in conversation: “The Amazon toothpaste is out of the tube.”
Our biggest takeaway was: more conversations like this (between folks who have different perspectives but can talk openly and respectfully with one another) need to happen in order to continue productively working on this issue. Stay tuned for our next book and article club to be announced soon!