We’ve started a Book Club! Want to share group reading and discussions of non-fiction, fiction, poetry or other books that speak to environmental or climate change? Become part of our creative conversations for the Anthropocene. All ClimateCultures Members are welcome.
Previously on Book Club…
Our first shared read was Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth. ClimateCultures Members can still catch up with our discussions in the forum. You can read more about Kate’s work as a ‘renegade economist’ at her website, including animations on Doughnut Economics. And there’s a comment piece by George Monbiot in the Guardian.
“Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures. Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources – and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.”
What book would you like to share with other Members and read together? Our next book could be a novel, a short story, another nonfiction piece, a poem or poetry collection. Or it could be another artform entirely. Anything that you feel addresses ClimateCultures topics and you want to share and explore with others.
Members can nominate their choices directly in the forum; simply Log In and go to our private Book Club page here. Or email your nominations to ClimateCultures (or use the Contact form) and we will share these in the next Re:Culture newsletter.
You do need to be a ClimateCultures Member before you can access the Book Club. Not a Member? If you're an artist, researcher or curator, why not join us here?