Reading group: Woman on the Edge of Time

Reading group: Woman on the Edge of Time

In our next gathering we’ll be discussing Marge Piercy’s feminist utopian classic, Woman on the Edge of Time. When: Sunday 23 February, 17:00 Where: NieuwLand: Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:   Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures—and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a…

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What would crime and punishment look like in a good society?

What would crime and punishment look like in a good society?

Workshop 26 January 2020. Join us this Sunday, 26 January, for a Good Societies workshop on what crime and punishment would look like in a ‘good’ society! Led by the wonderful Aspasia and Vreer. Doors open: 17:00 Workshop begins: 17:30 Place: NieuwLand, Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93. I don’t have a blurb for this event yet, but the title is fairly self-explanatory, and I think it will be a super interesting topic to think through together.

Good Democracy: a Good Societies workshop

Good Democracy: a Good Societies workshop

Join Vreer and Good Societies for a workshop on democracy! In this workshop we aim to examine some forms of Good Democracy. Some time ago we had a reading group on “Against Elections”. One of the options the author mentioned was sortition, where instead of elections, people are chosen at random to make particular decisions. This is also a mechanism the municipality of Amsterdam is using for citizens engagement. Or should it be workers or citizens councils (analogous to the old soviets)? Or something else entirely? The more general…

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Asking the oracle: Good Societies workshop, 29 September

Asking the oracle: Good Societies workshop, 29 September

Join Isabel DuneWitch and Good Societies for this Good Societies workshop! Asking The Oracle: Finding The Right Question In order to find answers, ideas and directions, it is important to ask the right questions. But how do we know what to ask? In this workshop we will use an unconventional, playful method to find out: we tap into the oracular talents of tarot reader Isabel DuneWitch to arrive at the questions we need to ask ourselves and each other, in order to move forward our thought process towards good societies. Think of suggestions for questions, choices, dilemmas we could run into, so we can ask the oracle which way to go! Sunday 29 September 2019 Doors open: 17:00…

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Full Surrogacy Now, reading group 8 September

Full Surrogacy Now, reading group 8 September

Our next reading group will be on Sunday 8th September at 17:00 at the Nieuwland (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93). We’ll be discussing Sophie Lewis’ Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism against family. Email us if you’d like to join. Hope to see you there! Here’s the blurb: Where pregnancy is concerned, let every pregnancy be for everyone. Let us overthrow, in short, the “family” The surrogacy industry is estimated to be worth over $1 billion a year, and many of its surrogates around…

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Utopia for Realists – reading group 9th June

Utopia for Realists – reading group 9th June

The next Good Societies reading group will be on Sunday 9th June at 17:00 at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam). We’ll be discussing Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists. Email us on info@goodsocieties.org if you’d like to come along. Hope to see you there!

On Human Nature – Good Societies workshop, 27 January

On Human Nature – Good Societies workshop, 27 January

Join Michi Almer and Good Societies for a workshop on human nature! When we think, dream, and discuss about ‘good societies,’ we rely on notions about human nature that we need to reflect upon. Neoliberalism advocates an idea of humans as selfish, greedy, and aggressive by nature. This ideology promotes an untamed, ‘wild’ capitalism apt to mirror this natural state of being human. And it keeps telling us that ‘there is no alternative’. In this workshop we will examine our own ideas about human nature and look at arguments put forward…

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Luxury Communism and Post-scarcity

Luxury Communism and Post-scarcity

The next Good Societies reading group will meet on Sunday 9th December at 17:30, at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93). This time we are going to be talking about luxury communism and post-scarcity, which are making a bit of a splash in the UK at the moment. Email us on info[at]goodsocieties.org if you’d like to join and we’ll send you the readings. Hope to see you on the 9th!

25 November – The Work that Reconnects workshop

25 November – The Work that Reconnects workshop

Deepening global crises surround us, causing many to fall into denial and despair. In this Work that Reconnects workshop, participants will work with their own grief, anger and fear as healthy responses to the harsh realities of our time, in a way that facilitates a transition away from paralysis and towards creative action. The Work that Reconnects was developed by eco-philosopher and activist Joanna Macy in the 70s, and consists of creative exercises to do in pairs and groups. The…

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11 November – reading group: The Dispossessed

11 November – reading group: The Dispossessed

The next time we meet will be for the reading group on Sunday 11th November, at 17.30 at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93). For that we’ll be reading Ursula Le Guin’s anarchist sci fi classic, The Dispossessed. Here’s a description: Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this…

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