Planning Beyond Capitalism Forum

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Date(s) - 19/04/2015
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


During our book club meetings many topics and issues come up that are not necessarily related to whatever book we’re reading. We put them on a list to be addressed at more length separately. Once every 6 weeks or so we choose a couple of those topics to have a more full-bodied discussion about at the forum. We open it up to anyone who might be interested, while the book club requires more of a commitment, to come and share their thoughts, questions and ideas. The topics typically generate a great discussion.

The topics for the April Forum will be:

The Trials and Tribulations of Leadership, from Authoritarian Socialism to Occupy

For the first half of our forum, Deb will lead a discussion on the subject of leadership. She will cover the various objectives and approaches of individuals who are in a position of leadership, distinguishing between self-aggrandizing, authoritarian, and empowering leadership. She will discuss the characteristics and functions of good leadership, and talk about what happens when there is a “leadership vacuum” due to an anti-leadership ideology (such as that exhibited by some in the Occupy movement). She will take a few minutes to explain the different forms of leadership in the context of the deep human evolutionary past. She will end by discussing the critical importance of appropriate leadership at this time in human history in overturning hierarchical sociopolitical structures. Be prepared to contribute to the discussion!

Deborah Rogers, President of Initiative for Equality, IfE. IfE’s purpose is to provide public interest research, advocacy, global networking and political and legal strategy for groups and movements working on issues related to social, economic and political inequalities.

Spirituality and Capitalism

How is spirituality used and abused by capitalism?

Presentation and discussion led by Jiwon Chung, past president of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed, the artistic director of Kairos Theater Ensemble and adjunct professor at the Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he teaches Theater and Social Justice.



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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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