Slow Democracy – Online Book Club

Presented by Chelsea Green Publishing

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Reinvigorate your community by reconnecting with democracy. Join author and community leader Susan Clark in discussion of her new book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home, for a free online book club event. What is slow democracy? Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. Readers learn the stories of residents who gain community control of water systems and local forests, parents who find creative solutions to divisive and seemingly irreconcilable school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizen-led actions that are reinvigorating local democracy and decision-making. A list of discussion questions and a discount code for 35% off Slow Democracy will be sent to registrants prior to the event. Hosted by Chelsea Green Publishing, in partnership with the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, Joan Blades’ Living Room Conversations, and Transition U.S. Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation. She is an award-winning radio commentator and former talk show co-host. Her democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award. Her work strengthening communities has included directing a community activists’ network and facilitating town-visioning forums. She served as communication and education director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Coordinator of the University of Vermont’s Environmental Programs In Communities (EPIC) project. Clark lives in Middlesex, Vermont, where she chairs a committee that encourages citizen involvement and serves as town-meeting moderator.