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Getting a grip 2 : clarity, creativity, and courage for the world we really want

Author: Frances Moore Lappé
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Small Planet Media, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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My book's intent," Lappé writes, "is to enable us to see what is happening all around us but is still invisible to most of us -- people in all walks of life penetrating the spiral of despair and reversing it with new ideas, innovation and courage." This updated and revised edition responds to Obama's presidency and the global financial collapse, concluding with reflection questions that are perfect for book groups.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Moore Lappé
ISBN: 9780979414237 0979414237
OCLC Number: 430842231
Notes: "Thoroughly revised for the new decade"--Cover.
Description: xvi, 253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Clarity --
1: A Species Grows Up --
What is our problem? --
And our not-so-lovely potential? --
Standing up for ourselves --
Big mind, big problem...or not? --
When a tree falls --
2: Where Did Our Power Go? --
The spiral of powerlessness --
Speeding the spiral --
Elections plus a market...that's democracy --
Lizzie's lessons --
Thin democracy's dangers --
Thin democracy, the victor? not really --
3: New Eyes --
The path --
Of means and ends --
An ecology of democracy: five qualities --
Speeding a spiral of hope in action --
4: What Democracy Feels Like --
Nine dimensions: some glimpses --
Why now? four revolutions --
Creativity --
5: Power Invisible --
One choice we don't have --
Mirrors in our brains --
Power isn't a four letter word --
Relational power's under appreciated sources --
Drops count --
6:The Art of Power --
Democracy's arts --
The power of simple listening --
Conflict as creative --
Kids learns conflict is okay --
7: Talking Democracy --
Finding our words --
Anti-capitalism or anti-plutonomy? --
Globalization on global corporate power? --
Free market-free trade or fair market-fair trade --
Regulations or standards? --
Consumers or buyers? --
Engaging in the dialogue of democracy --
Courage --
8: Seize the Moment --
Trapped and springing free --
A rude shock --
Letting go of illusions --
9: When Fear Means Go --
Fear as pure energy --
Fear and conflict --
As it is --
Old thoughts, new thoughts --
Inner applause --
10: Sanity in Motion --
Remembering how we got here --
Seeing pattern, I can begin --
A cautionary tale: the danger of good intentions --
Changing course --
issues versus entry points --
Breaking the spell --
An internal checklist --
Justice, please meet democracy --
justice and democracy --
soft-wired partners --
Bold humility --
Civil courage --
Our moment --
An invitation --
Recommended reading --
Endnotes --
Index. Ideas --
Idea 1: Thin Democracy vs. Living Democracy --
Idea 2: We All Have Public Lives --
Idea 3: Rethinking Power --
Idea 4: Ten Arts of Democracy --
Idea 5: Toward a Language of Democracy --
Idea 6: The Inner World of Living Democracy --
Idea 7: Seven Ways to Rethink Fear --
Idea 8: Living Democracy's Checklist.
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My book's intent," Lappé writes, "is to enable us to see what is happening all around us but is still invisible to most of us -- people in all walks of life penetrating the spiral of despair and reversing it with new ideas, innovation and courage." This updated and revised edition responds to Obama's presidency and the global financial collapse, concluding with reflection questions that are perfect for book groups.

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