Community-based Study Groups

Many community groups, including book clubs, use Eisler’s work to teach and learn about partnership systems. Here are some resources:

  • For those who want to focus on using Eisler’s work to move to a more equitable and successful economics, a group of women and men in Portland, Oregon developed the following materials for use with The Real Wealth of Nations:
  • Please see more on the Center for Partnership Website.

Real Wealth of Nations Study/Action Groups

real_wealth14.1Discussion and action groups using Riane Eisler’s book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics have sprung up spontaneously.

You can start your own group and use this wonderful tool, a Book Study and Action Group Guide. You can also Join the Email Campaign.

Here are some ideas for how to organize groups in your community from Marcia Meyers and Pat Osborn in Portland, Oregon.
“The goal of this effort is to get women and men conversant in ideas for a more caring economics that transcends traditional thinking” says Meyers who serves on the National board of Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community. “The first step in changing the story is to develop the ability to talk about the need for change and the values that should guide the change. Riane Eisler’s economic model will serve as the basis for our work toward a better, more equitable and sustainable society. Our groups will start with discussion and then develop their own action plans on how to move forward.”


Marcia and Pat first circulated a flyer and set the following goals:

  1. To create 10 book groups to read and discuss RWN
  2. Book group format for consciousness raising/ participants become comfortable conversing in the language that describes the change they want to see.
  3. An action component is important – gear study toward making community change.

Discussion format for book groups

  1. We decided that the best would be to present discussion leaders with discussion questions, both for the group and for diad (discussion in pairs).
  2. We might also offer other formats as a backup, for example “literature circles.”

To prepare for meetings, here are some ideas:

  • Look at Riane’s websites: and and
  • Start making lists of groups in the community who are already working on community change.
  • Organize a blog
  • Write 5 group discussion questions and 5 diad questions for the following sections of the book:
    • Intro and Chapters 1 and 2
    • Chapters 3 and 4
    • Chapters 5 and 6
    • Chapters 7and 8
    • Chapters 9 and 10
  • Use the Book Study and Action Group Guide
  • Create email lists and invite participants

Samples of Partnership Teaching by Others

Professor Susan Carter teaches partnership courses at Marylhurst University in Portland Oregon. For information, email:

Professor Mary Kirk of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota teaches Partnership Perspectives on Leadership. For information, email:


An immersive workshop for active and emerging women leaders, Designing Women’s Leadership: Partnership-based Innovation. A wonderful experience with a first class coach and life design expert!

The Partnership Studies Group at the University of Udine in Italy organizes conferences and other events and publishes books using Eisler’s findings. In 2013 The Partnership Studies Group (PSG) held a number of events, including one in Rome, to announce the republication of Eisler’s book Sacred Pleasure in Italian [link to Italian edition], as well as a three-day conference on “Creative Word” and “Positivist Term” within World Languages and Literatures in English at the University of Salento in Lecce on 15-17 May 2013.

The Partnership Studies research group (PSG, Udine) also applies Riane Eisler’s partnership model to the study of literary texts in which the word is analyzed in “native” oral traditions, narratives and myths within analogical, archetypal and mythological frameworks, rather than logical ones.