Study Groups

Purpose

Have you ever wished to be able to frame in a clear manner major economic, political, or environmental topics, both for yourself and others?

Based on the Book Club authors’ work, this is what study groups are for. Open to everyone, their major requirement is to be an active part of in-depth discussions with a regular group of people.

Some may already be knowledgeable, others less so. This is why a special emphasis is given in the program to group synergy, making it both efficient and enjoyable for everyone. Individual exchanges with a training buddy, regular group calls, and a private chat room are all a definite help to that aim.

Organization

Each book chapter is studied through a series of questions sent two by two once a week. Group members give their answers in the related post’s discussion thread on the website. At the end of the chapter study, they join a live group call to share what they learned from the chapter’s summary, as well as the points they may disagree about with the author or those they still need clarification on.

All practical matters are addressed during a live preparation week with me (Philippe Roussel) ahead of the first chapter study.

Learning Path

Based on questioning, gradual, and highly memorizable, it offers the three main advantages of efficient learning:

  • We understand something rationally by pointing questions at what we know we do not know. Questioning the validity and the implications of the Book Club authors’ reasoning is at the book study’s core. Here are, for example, the three consecutive sets of questions for Sheldon Wolin’s Democracy Incorporated, Ch. 2: 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6.
  • Though the book study is not a course, the book itself somewhat is. Coming from the author’s pivotal work, the discovery path is both relevant and well-marked, gradually bringing you to an in-depth view of the topic at hand.
  • The goal is to build for yourself a relevant argumentative structure regarding the topic addressed in the book. Your live exchanges with a regular group of people play a definite role in this process, notably by preparing the group calls. Learning through practice is the best way to memorize.

Access

  1. If you already are a member (you can become one here), click the button below to opt for a specific book and a group call time slot.
  2. Once your group is constituted, you will receive an email inviting you to subscribe to your book study.
  3. We will then meet for a preparation week at the start of the program.

Regardless of how many groups you register with, the subscription cost is $24 per month and the first month is free. If you are willing to take advantage of the affiliation program, this cost is entirely covered by bringing in just three more people.