October Book Discussion: Veganomics by Nick Cooney

  • October 12, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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This month we have two special guests! Mikael Nielsen, National Volunteer Coordinator for Mercy For Animals, will be joining us!  He'll be sharing his experience as an activist and with  motivating others to volunteer.  In addition, the author Nick Cooney will join us at the end of our discussion via Skype for a Q&A session.  Please join us as we discuss:

Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom by Nick Cooney (AmazonGoodReads)

ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Flip through a magazine, turn on the TV, or browse around online, and it quickly becomes clear: vegetarian eating is on the rise. But just who are vegetarians? How do they make the transition? And what really drives them to take the meat off their plates?

Vegetarians differ from omnivores not just in their eating habits but also in their psychology, personalities, friendship choices, even their sex lives. Extensive studies from around the world show that they vote differently, take different jobs, and have brains that fire differently. This research also provides insight into why people who consider themselves vegetarian may not really be vegetarian at all, and why so many fall off the vegetarian wagon.

Veganomics is a fascinating journey through the science on vegetarians and vegetarian eating, shedding new light on how and why people eat the way they do, and what impact their dietary choices can have on the world around us. Be forewarned: after reading this book, you may never look at vegetarians the same way again!" ~GoodReads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Nick Cooney is the founder of The Humane League, an animal advocacy that focuses on farm animal protection issues. He is als the Compassionate Communities Campaign Manager at Farm Sanctuary, the country's largest farm animal protection organization. Nick has written for publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Z Magazine, and VegNews Magazine, and his advocacy work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. A frequent lecturer, he has spoken to hundreds of classrooms, community groups, and conferences on animal advocacy and social change. He is a graduate of Hofstra University

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  • Mikael

    Had a great time, thanks again for inviting me :-)

    4 · October 12

    • Mauricio

      The pleasure is our as well! It was truly great having you join us Mikael, hope we can be in touch more often in the future.

      1 · October 12

    • Marine

      Great discussion enjoyed meeting with you all. Mauricio did a great job keeping the discussion flowing and thanks for special guest Mikael attending and thanks to Mike for helping facilitate with the author super cool!

      4 · October 13

  • Julie M.

    There is track work on the Brown line so I am running a little bit late. See y'all soon!

    October 12

  • Mauricio

    Hi Vegan Readers. RSVPs are now closed. Because of the short notice, if you are on the waitlist and a spot becomes available, please post on here and I can change your RSVP. First come first served. Thanks.

    October 11

  • MarkX

    Mauricio, RSVPs are closed but a space remains open (19 going) and I'm #2 on the waitlist. Will there be room at the cafe if a couple more people were to show up?

    October 11

    • Mauricio

      Hi Sparrow, I've changed your RSVP to Yes.

      October 11

  • La T.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend tomorrow. I hope someone will be able to use my vacated spot. I will be at Veganmania though, so I hope to see you there!

    October 11

  • Laura

    Sadly I just had to cancel my spot- hope someone else can benefit!

    1 · October 10

    • Mauricio

      Thanks for letting us know Laura. Hope you can join us at VeganMania. Have a great weekend!

      October 10

  • Deb R

    Just gave up my spot. Hopefully someone else can use it. I wasn't able to get the book in time. Wishing everyone a great discussion! Thanks, d

    1 · October 10

    • Mauricio

      Thanks for letting us know Deb. Hope we can see you sometime this weekend at VeganMania!

      1 · October 10

  • Rosemary

    Hi there - I am running into some conflicts this weekend and reluctantly have to give up my spot. The book is a great read so far, though!
    I hope someone else can take the spot.
    Thank you!

    October 10

  • Mauricio

    I'm happy to announce that we were able to work the details out and Nick Cooney will in fact be joining us at the end of our discussion via Skype! The current plan is to have our regular discussion from 4-5:30pm with Mikael contributing his experiences. Then at 5:30pm Nick will be joining us for a Q&A session. Delicious has graciously allowed us to stay as long as needed so be aware our event may run longer than usual. As before, please make sure your RSVP is accurate so everyone that would like to attend is able to.

    1 · October 6

    • Mauricio

      Also, a big thanks to Mike for helping make this happen!

      October 6

  • Mauricio

    Also, a quick reminder to vote for our next book if you haven't so already. Thanks! http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/polls/1159482/

    October 5

  • Mauricio

    Howdy everyone! Our Oct. discussion is shaping up to be one of our most popular. I just want to take a moment to remind everyone to please make sure your RSVP is accurate. We have a number of people on the wait list and it'd be a shame of someone who'd like to attend couldn't because of an inaccurate RSVP. Because of the busy VeganMania weekend RSVPs for this event will close on Friday at midnight. Our host, Delicious Cafe, also looks at our RSVP to allot space for our discussion. Please be respectful and make sure your RSVP is accurate by Friday night. Thanks!

    1 · October 5

  • MarkX

    Learned of this event too late to join, so I'm on the wait list. If any of you veganers can't go, kindly update your status to free up your space. Thanks!

    October 3

  • Mike B.

    I emailed Nick Cooney and he is willing to Skype with us from 5 - 5:30 pm after we have had some discussion and may have some questions for him. Let me know if this sounds like something we want to do and I will confirm with him.

    4 · September 25

    • Julie M.

      Agreed. It's a great idea.

      September 26

    • Mauricio

      There are a few things to consider, but I'll see what we can do. Mike, i sent you a private message, please get back to me when you get a chance. Thanks!

      September 26

  • Mauricio

    Sorry for the delay, the poll for our December discussion is up! You can find it (and vote) here: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/polls/1159482/

    September 24

  • Peter R.

    Dang, wish I could make it! I hope to attend something like this in the near future!!

    1 · September 3

  • La T.

    FYI, Mauricio, the Amazon link opens up to "Skinny B*tch", by Rory Freedman - not "Veganomics".

    August 30

    • Mauricio

      Thanks La Tanya, I fixed the link.

      1 · August 31

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