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New Release... It's Not Too Late!

Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope

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I am thrilled to announce my latest work, It’s Not Too Late!, is ready for your review!  

Despair is humanity’s worst enemy, I believe, so we—the whole Small Planet team—have created an easy-to-digest tour of inspiring ways US cities, states, and farms are stepping up to meet the climate crisis. Plus we explore key lessons from abroad. Knowing that hope has power—as it organizes our minds toward solutions—we focus on surprising, motivating actions already underway in both Red and Blue states, and often in bipartisan collaboration  .

 

We prepared this initial, on-line-only edition of It’s Not Too Late!—for your review—during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our goal has been to make it easy for readers to weigh in to make it stronger. In the next few months, we will then incorporate all your feedback and choose how best to publish the result.

 

Our goal is to inspire determination to take these solutions, and more, to scale. Very simply, learning that so much more is happening than we’d known has fired us up, and we sure hope it will motivate you!

 

Plus, the moment is right. With a new administration in Washington committed to climate action, we hope all our readers will use these stories to push forward the most effective Green New Deal possible. It is not too late to prevent the worst, but every day we delay makes it harder.


So, download your book. Then dive in, knowing we are eager for your input to make it stronger as well as your advice for sharing this edition ever-more widely.

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Bon Appetit

This Book Started a Food Revolution in 1971—And It’s Never Felt More Relevant

Diet For a Small Planet argued that plant-centered eating is better for ourselves and our planet. Fifty years later, that idea is still shaping how we eat.

"Go back in time with us to 1971, the year that changed the way we eat forever. When Frances Moore Lappé called cattle “a protein factory in reverse” in her 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet, she wasn’t just arguing that meat was an inefficient way to feed humans, though it is. Nor did she set out to turn millions of Americans vegetarian and help the natural foods movement find its political voice, though she did. For the 26-year-old researcher, Diet was an act of radical hope..."

Read the full article! 

By Jonathan Kauffman

March 23, 2021

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DISCOVER LIVING DEMOCRACY

Frances Moore Lappé, author of nineteen books starting with the

3-million copy Diet for a Small Planet, is a “frame-changer.” A recipient of 19 honorary doctorates, Lappé is cofounder of the Small Planet Institute and two other national organizations. She publishes and speaks widely, calling us to rethink our challenges in ways that empower action.

 

Her book EcoMind reframes limiting messages of the environmental movement, and her 2017 book, Daring Democracy, written with millennial Adam Eichen, awakens readers to a largely invisible Democracy Movement offering each of us greater voice, meaning, and connection. The Small Planet Institute is an exciting hub for rethinking democracy and finding our place in this historic movement.

Frances and Anna are happy to join your event virtually!  Both have experience speaking at events with online formats. Check out Anna and Frances' latest virtual event, that they spoke at together for Earth Day 2020.

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DARING DEMOCRACY

Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection

for the America We Want

Read Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen's Daring Democracy, a bold take on America's democracy crisis with powerful solutions for regular citizens to get involved.

“This book, perhaps better than any other, shows Americans that the democracy they want is possible.”

—Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School, Author of Republic, Lost

“Now, more than ever, to save our democracy, every American needs to read Daring Democracy.”

—Ann Ravel, Former Chair of Federal Elections Commission

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Small Planet Institute spreads an empowering understanding of democracy as the wide dispersion of power, transparency in public affairs, and a culture of mutual accountability. We call it Living Democracy, enabling each of us to act effectively on emerging solutions from electoral politics and economic life to the environment, hunger, agriculture, and beyond.

Our goal is thus a future where all communities are thriving with dignity as Living Democracies, fulfilling our essential needs for personal power, meaning, and connection. 

ABOUT SMALL PLANET INSTITUTE

At the Small Planet Institute, we believe that ideas have enormous power. So we seek to identify core, often unspoken, assumptions—economic, political, and psychological—now driving humanity to take our planet in directions that none of us individually would ever choose. In addressing this tragedy, Small Planet focuses on solutions: From the crisis of needless hunger to that of democracy itself, we offer evidence-based, life-serving frames of understanding and stories of possibility to enable all of us to perceive and join in solutions emerging everywhere.

Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.”  - Frances Moore Lappé

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