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Small Planet Institute spreads our core philosophy of Living Democracy and the positive solution stories that we’re uncovering in our research via writing, social media, and public speaking.
2014: Women Greening Food, Audubon Society
2013: Humanist of the Year, Boston Ethical Society
2013: Feisty Woman Award, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
2013: Friend of the Earth, Salem State University
2012: Independent Publisher Book Awards/Silver Medal, for EcoMind.
2011 Nonino Rist D’Aur Prize, for her life's work, Italy.
2009: Outstanding Public Scholar Award, International Political Economy section of the International Studies Association.
2008: Open Center Award, New York Open Center for “shaping a new understanding of the interrelationships among local food, agricultural sustainability, and living democracy.”
2008: Nautilus Gold/Best in Small Press, for Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad.
2008: James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.
2006: Lifetime Service Award to Increase Planetary Awareness, AltWheels Alternative Transportation Festival (along with biologist and author, E.O. Wilson).
2003: Rachel Carson Environmental Achievement Award, The National Nutritional Foods Association.
2003: Nautilus Award/Best in Social Change, for Hope’s Edge.
2000: Nutrition Hall of Fame, Natural Health Magazine.
1987: The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel.
1982: The Harry Chapin Media Award (formerly the World Hunger Media Award).
ADVISORY POSTS AND BOARDS
In 2006 Frances was chosen as a founding councilor of the 50-member, Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Frances is on the board of David Korten’s People-Centered Development Forum and serves on the advisory boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Chez Panisse Foundation, and Earth Corps.
In 2011, Frances joined the advisory board of the television series, Kiss the Cook and the Farmer Too. The 13-part series illustrates that: "We are what we eat and the ways in which we produce, prepare, and consume food not only affect our personal health and well being but also the health of our environment and our communities."
In 2013, Frances was invited by the King of Bhutan to serve on the International Working Group for a New Development Paradigm. She contributed to Bhutan’s Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm, submitted to the UN in December of 2013 laying out a pathway to a sustainable development paradigm to ensure planetary wellbeing.
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