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There were quite a few Kickstarter backers getting multiple copies of the book. I'm starting this wiki/thread for anyone planning to start a book club to discuss the Building a Better World book. I saw Shawn Klassen-Koop mention the possibility of hosting a virtual club via Zoom. I'm gonna post some basic ideas for how to get started, but would love to get feedback from others. I'd love for this wiki page to have straightforward procedure for starting a local chapter of Better World Club.

Initial Planning for your Better World Club

Organize the meeting

1. Determine the participants
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Your local permaculture meetup

  • 2. Determine the location
  • Coffee Shop
  • Your food forest
  • Videoconference

  • 3. Determine the frequency
  • How often will you meet?
  • How much of the book will be covered in a meeting

  • Set the ground rules

    1. The first rule of Better World Club is...
    The rules for your Better World Club may vary according to how you organized. I would strongly recommend that that the group foster an environment for non-judgemental acceptance and self-reflection.

    Discussion Questions and Activities by Book Section

    This is currently a work in progress. Feel free to contribute ides for questions or activities!

    Parts 0 & 1; Introduction & The Problems

    Chapter 1: A Different Approach to Solving the World's Problems

  • Chapter 2: Environmentalist vs. "Environmentalist"
  • What are you doing today that would be eco-warrior material?
  • What are some things you do which don't support your own environmental values?
  • What formula would you use to create an eco-poser test?
  • Activity: Present your current household energy costs to everyone under the same roof and brainstorm ways to lower costs.

  • Chapter 3: The Wicked Lies About Lightbulbs
  • What are some other examples of industry greenwashing?
  • Is it possible for a consumer-product-goods company to embrace both capitalism and environmentalism?

  • Chapter 4: Carbon Footprint
  • What are some steps you have taken in the past to reduce your carbon footprint? Do you still feel they were effective?
  • Activity: Using an online carbon footprint estimator discover what contributes the most to your carbon footprint.

  • Chapter 5: Petroleum Footprint
  • Describe your own petroleum footprint.
  • Would removing government fuel subsidies impact your life?
  • In what ways were petroleum used to make your attendance at this meeting possible?

  • Chapter 6: Toxic Footprint
  • Activity: Calculate your household's TFD exposure; what can you do today to reduce TFD exposure?
  • Activity: Watch one of the referenced films on household toxicity.

  • Part 2: General Strategies

    Chapter 7: The Wheaton Eco Scale

  • Chapter 8: Moving Way Beyond Recycling

  • Chapter 9: Vote with Your Wallet

  • Chapter 10: Radically Deviant Financial Strategies

  • Chapter 11: Organic vs Local

  • Chapter 12: Vegan vs Omnivore vs Junk Food

  • Part 3: Within the Walls of Your Home

    Chapter 13: REALLY Reducing Home Energy Usage

  • Chapter 14: More People Living Under One Roof Without Stabbing Each Other

  • Chapter 15: Toxic Gick vs. 20 Years of Your Life

  • Part 4: More Than Half of Each Footprint Can Be Resolved in a Backyard

    Chapter 16: The Huge Link Between Food and Global Footprints (Vegans Too!)

  • Chapter 17: Double the Food with One Tenth of the Effort

  • Chapter 18: The Dark Side of Native Plant Enthusiasm

  • Chapter 19: 20 Things to Do with the Twigs That Fall in Your Yard

  • Chapter 20: Not Composting
  • If you compost presently, describe your system.
  • Would you make changes to your food waste habits based on the material in this chapter?

  • Chapter 21: Better Than Solar Panels: A Solar Food Dehydrator

  • Chapter 22: Breaking the Toxic Water Cycle with Greywater Recycling

  • Chapter 23: Harvesting Electricity in Your Backyard

  • Chapter 24: The Conventional Lawn vs a Mowable Meadow

  • Part 5: Counter the Footprint of 20 People on a Homestead

    Chapter 25: How Vegans Benefit from Caring for Cattle, Chickens, Hogs, Etc.

  • Chapter 26: Replacing Petroleum with People

  • Chapter 27: Wrestling with Poop Beasts and Peeing in the Garden

  • Chapter 28: The Solutions to Colony Collapse Disorder are Embarrassingly Simple

  • Chapter 29: Destroy Your Orchard to Make a Food Forest

  • Chapter 30: A Building Design That Solves Almost Everything

  • Chapter 31: Natural Swimming Pools

  • Part 6: Conclusion & Appendices

    Chapter 32: Hey! You Know What Would Be Cool?

  • Appendix A: World Domination
  • Who would you give a copy of this book to and why?

  • Appendix B: Tabular summary of solutions

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    Regarding Chapter 12: Vegan vs Omnivore vs Junk Food, I would focus on what is healthiest for us, what is sustainable more than other ways, and what uses resources less, all of which I am sure you thought of. References should be made, such as to the Forks Over Knives Plan, the book from doctors that have basis in thorough studies and have results among those doctors' patients, while the movie and the site www.forksoverknives.com can be mentioned.
    I'm gonna teach you a lesson! Start by looking at this tiny ad:
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