This blog is devoted to explorations of the power and influence of number-based values in society. It builds on the unique perspectives and theories first introduced in The Value Crisis book. Comments and on-line discussion are welcome and encouraged.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Exploring The Value Crisis Chapter-by-Chapter
This post is a bit of a departure from the
blog theme. Consider it an introduction
to the next series of postings (I hope).
I was very excited to see that The ValueCrisis is quite popular with book clubs – even clubs that normally only do
fiction. It seems that readers want to
talk about this book with their peers.
That was definitely one of my hoped-for outcomes when writing it.
However, it turns out that some readers
wanted to go even further. A few months
ago, two different book clubs (who had already done The Value Crisis as part of
their regular gatherings) approached me in the very same week and asked if it
might be possible to create a special club that explored the book as one
chapter per meeting.
I was ecstatic! Not only did this indicate an obvious
interest in the subject matter, but I had sat in on a few gathering nights
when clubs were discussing my book, and they often talked about the same
things. I wanted to know what they
thought about other chapters, but I was also determined to shut up, listen
carefully, and take notes on whatever they chose to talk about. Here, at last, might be an opportunity to
explore every nook and cranny.
The Caledon Public Library was quite
receptive to this very novel idea (no pun intended), and announced The ValueCrisis discussion series as a new program, exploring a different chapter every
Our first meeting was on January 12, 2016. The weather was a bit dicey and I got calls
from four people who had intended to come but were not going to be able to
attend the first gathering.
Consequently, I was expecting a small crowd, but the big table ended up
with 20 people sitting around it. We
never set a maximum for the series, but if we had, that would probably have
been it. We had a great introductory discussion, and some excellent refreshments! I hope to have the same at every meeting.
So, the next few blog postings will be
inspired by these chapter-by-chapter meetings.
Who knows, I may also get enough detailed feedback that I might attempt
a second edition of the book, with clarifications, a stronger message, and
updated anecdotes. Please feel free to join us for any meeting, or contact me about starting a group in your area.