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Virtual Reading Group - March 19, 2019
Dig Where You Are

A series of discussion sessions about creating meaningful change

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Event Topic

Many of us are concerned about poverty and human suffering in our communities, as well as around the world. We see staggering statistics, hear devastating stories, and feel called to help; yet we wonder what any one person can do to really affect long-term improvement in living conditions.


This Virtual Reading Group will discuss Nan Alexander Doyal's Dig Where You Are, an inspiring collection that profiles individuals who are changing their communities for the better by addressing criminal rehabilitation, housing, affordable healthcare, and education for the under-served.


Dig Where You Are follows Doyal's search to understand how, despite the fact that "the connections we historically nurtured in our societies to support one another" are disappearing or failing, there are people "bringing about meaningful improvements in lives, health, and communities." Learn more about the book and Doyal's project here.

During an online orientation and three online discussion sessions, you will learn more about the stories, strategies, and thinking behind successful efforts to foster change and alleviate poverty around the world.

Learn more about the Virtual Reading Groups format.



Attendees will be asked to read the book in it's entirety over the course of the group.  Brief supplementary articles or videos may be assigned for certain sessions.

Book: Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World

Copies of the book can be ordered by attendees themselves or provided by the Center through the generous support of our donors. The supplementary readings will be provided by the Center to all attendees prior to the first session.


Each session will cover approximately 1/3 of the book to allow the group to work together on important concepts. An expert facilitator will guide the session to ensure civility and opportunities for everyone to participate.

Goals and Expected Takeaways

The Virtual Reading Groups format allows you to dive deep into selected readings so that you can explore the big ideas and real-world applications within. Some of the questions you may encounter during this discussion series may include:

  • Despite massive government and private spending on aid to the poor around the world, poverty still persists. Why is that? 

  • Is poverty alleviation only possible through large-scale intervention?

  • What can any one individual do about the problems in his/her community? 

  • What role does local knowledge play in social and cultural change? 

  • What role can legal structures and property rights play in alleviating poverty around the world?

Series Schedule

Sessions for our Dig Where You Are Virtual Reading Group will take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM Eastern time in March and April.

  • Session I - Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session II - Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session III - Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:15PM

  • Session IV - Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 - 8:15PM

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About Your Facilitator

Jennifer K. Thompson is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Liberty. She began her career teaching philosophy, and later joined Liberty Fund, Inc., a private operating foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At Liberty Fund, Dr. Thompson served as a fellow and, later, as the founding director and vice president of Co-Sponsored Programs. In 2011, she became senior director of programs at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

She holds a PhD and MA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and undergraduate degrees in philosophy (BA) and economics (BS) from the University of Tulsa. She is a graduate of the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy and Sewanee's Education for Ministry program.

This project was made possible through the support of grants from Atlas Network and the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Atlas Network or the John Templeton Foundation.