Books for a Better Life: The Neighboorhood Project

  • April 26, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • The Finch Residence

We think most people are looking for a better life- People are looking to evolve. They are want to grow and improve, widen their horizons and gain a larger perspective on life. So when we discovered "Books for a Better Life Awards"- we wanted to learn more. Since its inception in 1996, Books for a Better Life has honored more than 600 authors and has raised more than $1.9 million to speed progress toward achieving a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

 

The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives.


We definitely would like to live "our best lives"- so we have decided to read the 2011 Books for a Better Life this year.

 

April's Selection:

The Neighborhood Project by David Sloan Wilson (Little, Brown and Company)

For years the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson paid little attention to Binghamton, N.Y., where he lived and taught. “I hadn’t joined the PTA,” he writes, “attended council meetings, given blood, or served turkey to the homeless on Thanksgiving.” It was enough, he modestly believed, “to raise two healthy kids and work at changing the way the planet thinks about evolution.”

But five years ago Mr. Wilson, the author of two popular books about Darwin, decided it would be fruitful to apply his training to the (human) animals closer to home. With colleagues at Binghamton University, Mr. Wilson founded the Binghamton Neighborhood Project to use evolutionary theory, along with data collection, to improve the quality of life in his struggling city. The Project’s activities included surveys of students, old people and members of religious groups; attempts to empower neighborhood activists; and competitions to design new parks for vacant lots.

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  • Deanna

    I'm thinking of making some pasta with meat sauce. Let me send out the address right now. :)

    May 2, 2013

  • chris b.

    Deanna, what may I bring? Dessert? I also need location (address) as well. Looking forward to meeting you ladies.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What should we bring for potluck? I can bring some hummus and veggies...

    April 30, 2013

  • Deanna

    Renada- Have you received your book?

    April 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I got my book. :) Friday the 3rd works for me.

      April 28, 2013

  • chris b.

    Hey girls, not sure what the verdict is as far as meeting tonight. I will plan to catch up with you at the next gathering. Looking forward to meetin' you.

    April 26, 2013

  • chris b.

    Next Friday works for me, too.

    April 26, 2013

  • Cindy a.

    Sorry

    April 25, 2013

  • Deanna

    How do you feel about meeting next Friday and making it into a bit of a potluck? We can meet at my place. :)

    April 25, 2013

  • chris b.

    Hi Deanna,

    I'm having some trouble getting through it, but I'm not sure having more time will make a difference:). I vote for the being merry part, regardless.

    April 22, 2013

  • Deanna

    How are we doing on this book? We need not to be finished to discuss and be merry. ;) But do we need to adjust the dates at all?

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My book still hasn't come from the library. :( If I get it in the next day or so I can skim read before Friday...

      April 22, 2013

  • chris b.

    address please? looking forward to meetig you!

    Chris

    April 21, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    Going out of town for the weekend unexpectedly. Will look forward to seeing everyone when I get back.

    April 20, 2013

  • Becca

    Can't come after all... Sad...

    April 18, 2013

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