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City Symposium Reads

City Symposium: Responsible Consumption and Production

Nov 16 2020

London Public Library Resource and Reading List

Books – some available as eBooks for download with your library card using Libby or Hoopla

Shopping for change: consumer activism and the possibilities of purchasing power

By Louis Hyman and Joseph Tohill (2017)

Brings together historical and contemporary perspectives of consumer activism.

No one is too small to make a difference

By Greta Thunberg (2019)

Greta in her own words in speeches that have made history across Europe: from the UN to mass street protests.

Inconspicuous consumption: the environmental impact you don't know you have

By Tatiana Schlossberg (2019)

This urgent call to action will empower you to stand up to climate change and environmental pollution by making simple but impactful everyday choices.

More from less: the surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources -- and what happens next

By Andrew MacAfee (2019)

The author argues that to solve ecological problems we don't need to make radical changes.

The Story of More: how we got to climate change and where to go from here

By Hope Jahren (2020)

The author discusses the link between our consumption habits and climate change.

The innovation delusion: how our obsession with the new has disrupted the work that matters most

By Lee Vinsel and Andrew L. Russell (2020)

The authors argue that our focus on shiny new things has made us poorer, less safe, and, ironically, less innovative.

The case for climate capitalism: economic solutions for a planet in crisis

By Tom Rand (2020)

The author's climate change treatise is a call to put aside our differences, reclaim capitalism, force profits to align with the planet, and transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy.

City Symposium: No Poverty

September 14, 2020

Same Diff

By Donato Mancini (2017)

This book of poetry explores how social and economic histories become imprinted within language.

Not A Crime To Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

By Peter Edelman (2019)

Edelman proposes the solution to injustice lies in ending poverty.

A world of three zeros: the new economics of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions

By Muhammad Yunus, with Karl Weber (2017)

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of a new economic system.

The age of increasing inequality: the astonishing rise of Canada's 1%

By Lars Osberg (2018)

The author proposes innovative measures to produce a fairer distribution of wealth among all Canadians.

Basic income for Canadians: the key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all

By Evelyn L. Forget (2018)

The author discusses how Canada would set a basic income, what it would accomplish, how it could be implemented, and how it would fit into the social policy landscape.

Give people money: how a universal basic income would end poverty, revolutionize work, and remake the world

By Annie Lowrey (2018)

Economics writer Annie Lowrey examines the UBI movement with examples from around the world.

The broken ladder: how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die

By Keith Payne (2017)

An examination of the physical, psychological and moral effects of inequality and the profound impact on health and value systems.

Films – available on DVD or Kanopy, with your library card

East Lake Meadows: a public housing story


Follows the transformation of a single struggling, impoverished Atlanta neighborhood over several years as community members apply a radical holistic revitalization program to improve the lives of every resident.

The Cost of Living: Do we Need a Basic Income?


Focuses on the feasibility of a basic income in Britain and asks: should there be a cost attributed to survival?

Requiem for the American dream: Noam Chomsky and the principles of concentration of wealth & power


Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority.

Recommended Authors and Books from City Symposium Presenters

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by Paulo Friere

Paulo Freire’s work has influenced people working in education, community development, community health and many other fields. Freire developed an approach to education that links the identification of issues to positive action for change and development. While Freire’s original work was in adult literacy, his approach leads us to think about how we can ‘read’ the society around us.

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an author, actress, and political activist best known for the award-winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights work.

John Lewis

John Robert Lewis (1940-2020), a veteran of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. After his election, Lewis won reelection several times. In 2011 Lewis was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama. He was also the first United States congressman to write a graphic novel.

Audre Lorde

Poet, essayist, and lecturer, Audre Lorde explored the experience of being a black woman in America. Her work confronted racism, homophobia, the insensitivity of the health care system, relations between the sexes, and parenthood. At the time of her death in 1992, Audre Lorde was poet laureate of New York State.

John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes was a British economist and author who revolutionized economic theory and policy by linking employment and income to public and private expenditure. He is also known for his role in the creation of new international monetary institutions in World War II.

City Symposium: Anti-Black Racism

July 7 2020

The Mis-Education of the Negro

By Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1933)

Explores the impact of slavery on the Black psyche.

Black Skin, White Masks

By Frantz Fanon (1952)

eBook copies available on Hoopla

Documentary film: Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work (2001) available for streaming on Kanopy

An unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world.

The Wretched of the Earth

By Frantz Fanon (1961)

Analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation.

I Am Not Your Negro

By James Baldwin (2016)

Film available for streaming or downloading on Kanopy

James Baldwin's published and unpublished passages from books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews.

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

By Robyn Maynard (2017)

A timely and much-needed exposure of historical and contemporary practices of state-sanctioned violence against Black lives in Canada.

Ain’t I a Woman?

By Bell Hooks (1981)

Also available as an eAudioBook on Hoopla

A must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood.