Book Club

In late 2020 and early 2021, MadWorC held its first Book Club to read Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, by Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard. In fall of 2021, we read Freedom Farmers by Dr. Monica White.  In winter of 2021-2022, we read Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown. 

We meet on every other Tuesday from 7-8:30pm central time, starting on March 15th. 

March 15 - Prefaces and Introduction
March 29 - Chapters 1 (Values for a Better World) and 2 (Who Owns What?) and 3 (Who Decides What?)
April 12 - Chapters 4 (Who Does What?) and 5 (Who Earns What?)
April 26 - Chapter 6 (Who Likes Markets and Central Planning?) and 7 (Who Allocates What?)
May 10 - Chapters 8 (Participatory Economics and Other Sides of Life) and 9 (Winning a New Economy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place) and 10 (Origins, Prospects, and History of Participatory Economics)
Sign up by March 13:
In order to receive the Zoom link for the book club, please sign up here by March 13th. 


To order the book:

We recommend supporting your local bookstores to purchase the book. In Madison, this includes A Room of One's Own and Kismet Books. 

You can also visit for a list of Black-owned bookstores in the US. 


Next Book Club starts June 7th. 

Instead of reading a single book, we're going to do "summer school" where we will read articles, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that we are planning to use in our upcoming worker cooperative trade school class. You can attend all of the sessions or just pop in as you are able and you won't be missing anything because each week's discussion will be based on that week's readings, videos, and podcasts. 

To receive the Zoom link, fill out this form by 48 hours before the book club you want to attend. 


June 7

June 21

July 5 

July 19 -

August 2 - 

August 16 - 

August 30