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I'd like to start a reading group here on Evoke. 

I've got a shocking proposal: I propose that members of this group read books (dead tree or electronic formats, your choice...) and then discuss them.

Shocking, I know.

Fiction and non-fiction, just so long as someone considers that the book has something to do with Evoke.

Anyone interested?

Book 1, Chosen by Kevin DiVico

Good Morning Agents ... The book i choose to start is

Title: The power of unreasonable people : how social entrepreneurs create markets that change the world by John Elkington (Author), Pamela Hartigan (Author), Klaus Schwab (Foreword)

the reason I choose this book is that it was published recently (so hopefully takes into the account the current economic reality's rather then looking at the subject from a pre crash view) and from the fact it contains a look at all the models of what can be done - as seen in this snippet from a MAazon review.

"This book lays out a classification of different kinds of social entrepreneurs, ranging from pure charity to pure business. This is the strongest element of the book, since other popular books have not explicitly discussed the fact that all are possible. The book also tries to provide case studies, and indeed I took notes of things to go look up further. However the case studies are to brief and scattered to really be useful. "

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Cool. I'll state that our initial quorum is 5. We'll start proper organization then.

Elena Ricolfi said:
You hit it. I'm with you.
Attending for some interesting title, anyway I'll take a look on my local library ^^
Sounds good to me :) Am in.

Regarding books, maybe we could promote as much as possible books that are available freely - either very common or available as free downloads so that people will be able to procure them as easily as possible ? I'm thinking of novels, essays under Creative Commons licenses for example.
Hello all, I would participate. How about "Dead aid" by Dambisa Moyo for starters?

Cheers, Matthias
Cool to me. hope i will be accepted in this group
An excellent idea. Even just coming up with a recommended reading list could be worthwhile.

Two books from my own areas of expertise that jump to mind as both accessible and Evoke-y are Douglas Rushkoff's Life, Inc and David Edgerton's The Shock of the Old. But of course part of the point would be discovering what books other people come up with.
I'm in ... Book I suggest is "when the rivers run dry " by Fred Pearce - non fiction.

@Thomas - i agree - promoting Creative commons work is a great idea but not all relevant material is on there.
I point out good books can be found for free at your Library...

@Elena - Gutenberg is very cool...
We'll start with this group then. I'm not going to put any restriction on book source. And I'll determine the person to choose the starting book randomly.

As of this post, we have:
1: Me
2: Elena Ricolfi
3: Thomas Mailioux
4: Matthias Daues
5: Charles Brefo Sekyere
6: Rob MacDougall
7: Kevin DiVico

Rolling a d6+1, we get, 7. Kevin will choose the first book. I'm going to say that we've got a week to read it, then we'll discuss it starting next Saturday on our blogs (assuming we don't have a group blog set up in that time.) And repeat. I'll choose the next person to choose the book randomly, excluding people who've chosen before (and putting myself in only if it makes the number fit a die size).
I'd love to join too, if that's alright. :) Bit late...
There's no such thing as late, for us. :)

I'll include you and everyone else who responds here in next week's random draw (or, if Kevin declines to choose a book, a re-draw for this week.)

Justin Yang said:
I'd love to join too, if that's alright. :) Bit late...
Hello Brian, that's a goode mode reminding me of D&D days past :)

Looking forward!

Best, Matthias
Days past? :) Tsk tsk tsk. We'll have to fix that. RPGs are a great tool for EVOKE. Cooperation, small-unit tactics, imagination, and planning are all necessary skills. I'm actually happy to run a fairly rules-light mission for a group of people via a blog post, if they're interested.

Matthias Daues said:
Hello Brian, that's a goode mode reminding me of D&D days past :)

Looking forward!

Best, Matthias
hmmm. Sounds interesting. what setting?

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