LEARN HOW TO RUN A READING/DISCUSSION GROUP!
Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!
With Bookchin’s words in mind and with the Green Socialist Organizing Project’s commitment to building from the bottom-up, we do not only want to present or connect to existing Reading Groups, but seek to develop local organizers that can run their own local groups. Our Reading Group Workshop Series is designed to provide multiple sessions of training, one in depth guide and one or more deeper dives with more opportunity for questions and discussion, including walking through a sample meeting, in order to prepare organizers around the country to start their own local Green Socialist Reading Groups.
READING GROUP WORKSHOPS
How to Run a Reading Group 1
Watch the Recording
Review the Workshop 1 Slideshow
Listen to Workshop 1 as a podcast.
How to Run a Reading Group 2
Tuesday, September 14
9 PM ET, 6 PM PT
This ZOOM meeting was a quick review of the information presented in Workshop 1, before launching into a sample meeting and ample time for questions and feedback.
Due to technical difficulties, there was a limited attendance. This workshop will be re-presented in the near future.
Watch the Recording
READ OUR READING GROUP GUIDE
Check out our Starting a Green Socialist Reading/Discussion group guide for a detailed walkthrough of how to get started with your own group!
GREEN SOCIALIST READING LISTS
Browse our Green Socialist Reading Lists to jump start your local reading group!