A reading project for everyone interested in human rights, universal wellbeing and a pluriversal future.
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How the book club works
I want to read more, and had this idea of an online book club that may be of help to others as well. So yes, this is an experiment. I'm prepared to change and tweak as I learn more about what works and what doesn't.
Mindful Book Club provides a reading list of 7 books per year. A period of 6-8 weeks is suggested for each book, and each period ends with a book conversation between select members who want to participate. Anyone can listen in and we will experiment with audience input.
The book club will alternate fiction and non-fiction books. The idea is to encourage the cross-pollination of thoughts and ideas that occurs when we merge storytelling with new learning.
The book club is public access on this website. You can partake in the reading list and participate at your own pace. And you don't have to tell anyone. Read everything or choose your favorites. Read the way that works for you: e-book, paper copy or audio.
You can subscribe to the newsletter for updates on dates for conversations, polls on what books should come next and more related content.
A list of books and dates. Upon launch, two books have been decided. As time moves on, and suggestions come in, polls may help determine the next books in line. Getting hold of the book is your challenge, but don't forget libraries.
1. Who Fears Death • Nnedi Okorafor
In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different special she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'Who fears death?' in an ancient language.
Finish reading by: February 25, 2022.
2. Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans • Melanie Mitchell
No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. The award-winning author Melanie Mitchell, a leading a
computer scientist, now reveals Al's turbulent history and the recent spate of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears surrounding it.
Finish reading by: April 8, 2022.