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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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14th October – next Good Societies reading group

14th October – next Good Societies reading group

The next Good Societies reading group will be on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 17:30, at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam). We know this doesn’t give us very long to read a text and that’s why we’ve chosen a teeny weeny tiny novel called Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor. Here’s a review for Binti we got off Amazon: “Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It’s a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy….

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Uplefter: An Exercise against Political Depression

Uplefter: An Exercise against Political Depression

Join us for an exercise against political depression! Uplefter is a collective exercise to contemplate on political depression, one of the shared experiences of recent times, and its possible causes, symptoms, outcomes and ‘cures’. It is based on the idea that political depression is not an end point, but can in fact be taken as a departure point. We will have group discussions and play games using cards, images and sounds. 30 September 2018 Doors open: 17:00 Event begins: 17:30…

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Commonpoly!

Commonpoly!

Join Museu da Crise and Good Societies for a round of Commonpoly! Commonpoly is an experimental ruleless game. It was developed to get us thinking about money and the economy, to help build a ‘good society’. In Commonpoly, each participant plays a predefined character that either can generate income or not. Players get the opportunity to introduce and change the rules of the game in General Assemblies. The ultimate goal of the game is to create a situation where all…

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Forging Future Families

Forging Future Families

The workshop On June 10th, we sat down together to co-create the foundations of the family of the future. A tall order for a Sunday afternoon, but an urgent one nonetheless. Speak to anyone and they will have an experience with family, whether the one they grew up in or the home and support network they have built as adults. Families pervade our lives and experiences. Families structure our economic realities and give us emotional support. Families, too, are still…

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24th June – next reading group (or video group…)

24th June – next reading group (or video group…)

Our next reading group will be on Sunday 24th June at 17:30, again at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93, Amsterdam). This time we’re using video lectures instead of texts (ok so I guess that means technically it’s not a reading group…). We’ll be discussing talks by Dilar Dirik, who’s an activist in the Kurdish women’s movement and writes on Kurdish freedom struggle. This carries on our thinking about gender, and connects that to questions of how political and economic systems should…

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Workshop, 10th June: Forging Future Families

Workshop, 10th June: Forging Future Families

Join us on 10 June for the Good Societies workshop, Forging Future Families – followed by refreshments! In the workshop Forging Future Families, Elly Dreyfus and Sophie Silverstein will explore a feminist-utopian analysis and reconceptualization of the family. This is loosely based on their bachelor theses in which they respectively considered the multi-directional relationship between capitalism and the heterosexual nuclear family (Sophie), and ways in which the teaching of home economics in US high school curricula was (mis)used to justify…

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Next Good Societies reading group – 27th May

Next Good Societies reading group – 27th May

Join us for the next Good Societies reading group on Sunday the 27th May at 17.30, at NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93). We decided to carry on the themes that came up in April’s session, of kinship, gender and sexuality, this time in non-fiction, so the text this time is Monique Wittig’s The Straight Mind.┬áDrop us an email if you’d like to join, and we’ll send you the text.