Thursday, February 21, 2013

Economix got better and better

I enjoyed Michael Goodwin's Economix book throughout, but as we got closer and closer to TODAY, I found it more and more compelling. I was really glad to get the back story on events I remember clearly, and came away feeling a little like the victim of a grand conspiracy -- it's the Fed, the Government, and the large corporations against all of us!

I thought Goodwin came off as pretty clearly liberal in his bias once he started talking about Reagan; but then Clinton didn't fare much better. It was good to understand WHY things happen, and frustrating to understand what a role greed plays.

I'd love to know what all of you thought about Goodwin's portrayal of the economic collapse of 2008 ... ?


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Welcome to Read to Lead!

Economix by Michael GoodwinHello everyone! We had our final discussion this afternoon over at Ramsey's about our first 2013 book, Economix, by Michael Goodwin. We had a lot of fun with this graphic novel format, though our group dwindled in size over the course of our four weekly discussions.

Today, we were talking about how to gain and maintain interest, and we thought this group might be particularly amenable to a blog discussion!

On our blog, if you have to miss a meeting, you'll be able to find out what we talked about and to add your own two cents at any time.

So let's get started. We'd like to figure out a few things:

  1. What's a good day to meet? It turns out Wednesday apparently isn't ideal, though most of us who stuck it out like the 4:00-5:00 time slot. Would a Tuesday afternoon work for folks? What about Thursday? 
  2. When shall we start up with our next book or topic? If we choose a book, the library needs a few weeks to get copies ordered and processed. Today, Pringle Smith suggested another option would be to find a compelling news article or articles on particular topics that might be relevant to Marion ... interesting! 
  3. What book would you suggest? Any ideas or input? One I proposed today was Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck. You can read more about it, including consumer reviews, by clicking on the title. 
Walkable City by Jeff SpeckI'd suggest we consider topics that are particularly important to Marion right now; think about our own Uptown downtown revitalization and the city's corridor redevelopment, our recent Main Street status, being named as a Blue Zones community. We might look at articles like "Making the Case: New Study Shows it Does Indeed Pay to Become a Healthy Enterprise," or "Activating the Downtown: Arts Initiative Strives to Breathe New Life into Central Business District." 

This is our discussion group -- and we can make it whatever we want, take it in whatever direction we like. We can share at our in-person meetings, and continue to discuss and challenge one another between times here on our blog. 

Do you have ideas for where we go next? We look forward to hearing from you! 

--Jo Pearson, Assistant Director, Marion Library