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Real Utopia Book Event


For the handful of folks who are in Vancouver B.C., this announcement is for you… It will be a very special event due to the presence of many friends and people I’ve known for many years. Should be a great time!

BOOK LAUNCH: Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century, edited by Chris Spannos. Rhizome Cafe. Sunday, November 23, 5:30 pm

Come celebrate the launch of Chris Spannos’ book, Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press). We’ll have music and dancing, there’s food and drinks, and of course we’ll hear from Chris as well as other contributors to the book.  Find out what exactly a participatory economy and society is, hear proposals on how we can get from here to there, and find out what projects and experiments are already in the works.  We hope to see you there!

Event details:

A celebration of "Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century" Sunday November 23rd, starting at 5:30pm.

Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Sponsored by:  The Vancouver Participatory Economics Collective

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About the book:

Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century, AK Press, 2008. Edited by Chris Spannos, with more than 30 other contributors from around the world, including Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich Robin Hahnel, Steve Shalom, and Justin Podur, among others.

The book chronicles developments with the participatory economics movement throughout the world.  The book asks what if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society’s defining institutions—those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology—were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on self-management, equity, solidarity, and diversity? Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.

Instead of simply declaring "another world is possible," the writers in this collection engage with what that world would look like, how it would function, and how our commitments to just outcomes is related to the sort of institutions we maintain.

In Vancouver, you can purchase a copy of Real Utopia at People’s Co-op Bookstore or order the book online from AK Press: http://www.akpress.org/2008/items/realutopiaakpress

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