I briefly mentioned the ICT4S (ICT for sustainability) Reading Group in a recent blog post. The Reading Group (book circle) is a spin-off from the second ICT4S Summer School that was held in August last year. I was one of the five organizers of the Summer School but it was fellow co-organizer Jay Chen who came up with the idea and took responsibility for hosting and coordinating the Reading Group.
We have met once per month - a breakneck speed for reading academic books for most folks - but you don't have to join all meetings and can instead pick and choose what books to read and which meetings to join. There have been seven meetings since the Reading Group started (Sept-Dec and Feb-April) and the eighth and last meeting for the academic year 2021-2022 will be held in mid-May.
The Reading Group exists in the form of a mailing list, an online collaborative document (padlet), regular votes for what books to read next and of course the actual monthly meetings when we discuss the books. We seem to have stabilized at around 10 participants per meeting (down from 20 or 30 and the very first meetings when enthusiasm ran high). The books we have read and discussed this far are:
- Jason Hickel - Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World (2021)
- Lance Bennett - Communicating the Future: Solutions for Environment, Economy and Democracy (2021)
- Kate Raworth - Doughnut Economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist (2017)
- Wendy Liu - Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Silicon Valley From Capitalism (2020)
- Sasha Costanza-Chock - Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (2020)
- Tim Jackson - Post Growth - Life After Capitalism (2021)
- Jem Bendell & Rupert Read (eds.) - Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos (2021)
- Steffen Lange & Tilman Santarius - Smart Green World? Making Digitalization Work for Sustainability (2020) - NOTE: to be discussed on Friday May 13 at 17.00 Central European Time (08.00 Pacific Time)