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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?

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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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Suggestion: Jaron Lanier's critique of "cybernetic totalism", You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Just published Jan. 12, 2010.
Reading that right now... very thought provoking book

cameron michael keys said:
Suggestion: Jaron Lanier's critique of "cybernetic totalism", You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Just published Jan. 12, 2010.
Is it too late to join the book club?
Also, would it be rude to make a suggestion? Just I'm in Australia so it seems to take a bit for books ordered online to arrive, so maybe you could nominate books 2 weeks in advance to give us a bit more time to track them down and have them shipped?
Anyways, I will look for The Power of Unreasonable People just because it does sound interesting to me.
Hi everyone,

Brian is having a technical difficulty and is unable to sign on to the system, at this time. he asked me to keep the momentum going with the group until he can get back to moderate.

So lets find out where everyone is on the first book - The power of unreasonable people.

I have read the first section, currently compiling my notes for discussion.

What about the rest of the group.... please let me know if you have the book and how far along you are.

In addition please let me know when you would like me to start the discussion phase.

I want to thank you all for baring with us on getting this reading group off the ground - we may have a bit of a rocky start but I know this will be an incredibly successful group because of the incredible people in it.

Namaste
HI Mellisa nice to meet you. yes - feel free to join. Your suggestion of nominating our reading selections them two weeks in advance is dully noted...and a very good suggestion!

I'll pass it on to Brian...

Namaste

Melissa Macey said:
Is it too late to join the book club?
Also, would it be rude to make a suggestion? Just I'm in Australia so it seems to take a bit for books ordered online to arrive, so maybe you could nominate books 2 weeks in advance to give us a bit more time to track them down and have them shipped?
Anyways, I will look for The Power of Unreasonable People just because it does sound interesting to me.
Fantastic! I'm glad to see that this has caught on. I got the book yesterday and I plan to read a large chunk tomorrow between editing my ethics application and ... editing my ethics application.

Ed Dragar said:
I have already started my own blog entry about this book. I'm editing the blog entry as I make progress in the book.
Make sure to tag your posts: BOOK1. I'll be choosing people who've written about the book for BOOK2.
Is anyone else planning on writing an entry by Saturday?
Count me in. I will find the book!
I am writing up my entry today... before I jet to the convention...

Namaste

KDV
I'm glad to have searched around a little today, I'm not really that familiar with this interface yet and didn't realize there is already a book club started!!

BOOK1_ My suggestion is Buckminster Fuller's "Critical Path". Its a testament to a life of learning and invention based on the future sustainability of humanity. After more than fifty years of research and 'design science' inventions Fuller wrote this very relevant, concise and probing book about pollution, political corruption, systemic economic collapse, population and the environment.

The nice thing about this book is that not only does it spell out many of the dangers coming toward humanity, but reveals actual solutions to these problems using current technology (as of 1980!!). I'll warn readers, Buckminster Fuller was known for his eccentricity, his style of writing has a different cadence to many other authors (he won a poetry award from Harvard when submitting scientific research in the 1940's).

Check out my LEARN 3_Global Power Grid for more details. (http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/learn3-global-energy-grid)

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