In development: Plenty!

Plenty! is the working title of a small group discussion resource developed as part of Green Christian’s Joy in Enough project. It was piloted in several locations in 2018 and 2019. It is now being refined and redeveloped in response to feedback from participants and partner organisations.

How does it work?

Plenty! is based on the model of a small group gathered informally around a table under the guidance of a facilitator (say in a coffee shop or s similar setting).

What’s it about?

Over the course of several meetings, group members begin to learn about how our economy works, and how it impacts on us as people.

The aim is to examine the usually unexamined assumption that endless economic growth is essential to human flourishing; and to begin to imagine other ways of living together well.

Who’s it for?

Anyone! Anyone who wants to look under the bonnet of ordinary life, to understand something of what makes it tick, and begin to think about how it could be better.

plenty-cardsWhat happens in the sessions?

Plenty! is planned to comprise five 90-minute sessions, each session being divided up into timed sections or rounds. Each round involves dealing out a set of cards and reflecting together on their contents:

  1. Topic card round – introduces the session topic with a provocative story or quotation;
  2. Info card round – group members share some key snippets of information relating to the session topic;
  3. Case Study card round – examples of how some of the issues arising from the session topic are already being tackled;
  4. Reflection round – an opportunity for group members to think about what’s been learned during the session and to note any particular learning points to return to in the final session.

What topics get covered?

The working titles for the five sessions are:

  • Can I have my life back? looking at some presenting problems, e.g. income insecurity, growing inequalities, housing, the nature of work, debt
  • Why do we need all this stuff? looking at the economics, psychology, sociology and theology of consumerism
  • What’s your best price? looking at the nature of value and at the meaning of justice in economic exchanges
  • How much is enough? looking at the holy grail of economic growth – why it’s so essential to the current economy, its environmental/human costs, other measures of well-being, the nature of money
  • Where next? an opportunity to reinforce and reflect on the main learning points of previous sessions, and to discuss possible future actions

The series is being re-drafted at the moment, after some initial test runs and feedback from partners.