Marginalia Reading Group

  • The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah 

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    Marginalia #1

    Make Economy Yours Again Reading Group

    As a follow-up to the two editions of Make Economy Yours Again, we are launching an online reading group that proposes a series of books along the thematic lines of our learning communities. Marginalia is an occasion for the general audience to get a feeling of the topics discussed in MEYA and to experience a new format of collective reading. The first gathering on May 24 will focus on The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah by Masanobu Fukuoka.

    Marginalia are marks made in the margins of a book or other document. They may be scribbles, comments, glosses (annotations), critiques, doodles, or illuminations.

    The margins create a space where you, as a reader, mix the world you live in with the text. An in-between space in which you connect the text with your context, reflections and stories. You are usually alone in the margin of the book - it is a personal and intimate space. With its limitation, it forces you to be concise. A note allows you to revisit the book and harvest what you found interesting again. But it is also a way to memorise that passage and bring it with you. With the Marginalia Reading Group, we experiment with populating the margins of a text collectively. What happens when we occupy that space together?

    The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah
    (96 pages / reading time: +/- 100 min)
    In The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah, the celebrated pioneer of the ‘do-nothing’ farming method Masanobu Fukuoka reflects on global ecological trauma and argues that we must radically transform our understanding of both nature and ourselves in order to have any chance of healing. Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher from Japan who inspired sustainable, organic practices with his approach to natural farming and the re-vegetation of desert land.

    Practical info
    Date: 24 May, 18:30 - 21:00
    Location: online on zoom
    Registration fee: €5 (MEYA alumni can join for free)
    Registration available here
    Book: The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah by Masanobu Fukuoka (96 pages / reading time: +/- 100 min)
    Suggested link to purchase the book (ebook around 4 euro / paperback 5 euro, depending on the online shop):

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