May 2, 7:30 pm
The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190627768
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 10th, 2017

December 30, 7:00 pm

Please note: the book meeting this month will be on April 18 and not April 4.

The Futurist Book Group is led by Eric Shettle and meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at Politics and Prose. The Futurist Book Group was started by the Washington chapter of the World Future Society, but now operates independently of that organization. It has met at Politics and Prose on the first Wednesday of every month except August since 2004. About 10 of our 50+ members attend nearly every meeting; and several people who don’t attend also read our selections. We hold lively, wide-ranging discussions of non-fiction books which are focused on the future.

Here are five key factors in our success:

  • We choose readings by group consensus to give members a stake in what we read.
  • We schedule readings well in advance to allow time for Politics and Prose to order the books and for our members to read them.  We read very long books, such as Collapse, over 2 months.
  • We don’t invite authors to our meetings in order to encourage members to talk rather than listen.
  • We strongly encourage, but don’t insist, that attendees read the books.  If they haven’t read the book, they can learn what it is about and relate relevant life experiences in the discussion.
  • We minimize administration.  The leader lets Politics and Prose know what books we have chosen, maintains the list of potential selections and schedule, and sends the members an email before each meeting.  We take turns in leading the book discussion for the meetings.

We invite you to attend our meetings.