FRANCES MOORE LAPPE ~ ECOMIND ~ 2011

~ RTONATALFTWI-ATSMINKAHTAODWN-WMCVDIWHC ~ Recognizing That Our Needs And Tastes Are Less Fixed Than We’d Imagined – And That So Much Is Now Known About How To Align Our Desires With Nature – We Might Choose Very Differently If We Had Choice

~ WTWWKWHAE-WEFU-ATWC ~ We Thrive When We Know We Have An Effect – When We Feel Useful – And That We Count

~ DITLCOD ~ Depression Is The Leading Cause Of Disability

~ WMLTAWWBOA-SSOEPIA ~ We’re More Likely To Act When We Believe Others Are – Spread Stories Of Everyday People In Action

~ WHRMPTETRBA ~ We Humans Respond More Powerfully To Emotional Than Reason-Based Appeals

~ S-WCB-S-FOMG-A-NC-WAEDCF-C-E-F-E-M-A-C ~ Sure – We Can Be – Selfish – Fixated On Material Gain – And – Narrowly Competitive – We’ve Also Evolved Deep Capacities For – Cooperation – Empathy – Fairness – Efficacy – Meaning – And – Creativity

~ ESOHA-IR ~ Every Sort Of Human Activity – Involves Rules

~ WCCGR-TTESL ~ We Can Create Good Rules – Those That Effectively Serve Life

~ THOCAPTWMFRPIDS ~ The History Of Corporations Accruing Protections That Were Meant For Real People Is Deadly Serious

~ SIC-IWCOOTPTSDOSA ~ Shared-Interest Capitalism – In Which Corporations Operate On The Premise That Success Depends On Society’s Advancement

~ WCTVWWSAMAWWO-WKUAAMAWWE ~ We Come To Value What We Share As Much As What We Own – Which Keeps Us Alive As Much As What We Exchange

~ TPOCCITPHBIO ~ The Point Of Commons Care Is To Prevent Harm Before It Occurs

~ ‘FJ’-ATTWJALOTTWFU ~ “Future Justice” – Adding To The World’s Jurisprudence A Legal Obligation To Those Who Follow Us

~ ISWPTPOCWFDPDM-AI-ITVOC-‘PHG’~ It Starts With Preventing The Power Of Concentrated Wealth From Distorting Political Decision Making – And Instead – Infusing The Voice Of Citizens – “Publicly Held Government”

~ TMITDMP-TGTAOITGW-AT-T-TBTD ~ The More Inclusive The Decision-Making Process – The Greater The Amount Of Information That Gets Weighed – And Thus – Typically – The Better The Decision

~ DIASWCL ~ Democracy Is A Skill We Can Learn

~ CPCLTTSGOTW ~ Centralized Power Cannot Lead To The Sustained Good Of The Whole

~ TCA-SI-VIS-AC-TSDOTT-DE-CS-AP-OPMA ~ Today’s Crises Are – So Interrelated – Vast In Scope – And Complex – That Solutions Depend On Tapping The – Direct Experience – Common Sense – And Passion – Of People Most Affected

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE ~ GETTING A GRIP ~ 2007

~ TD-DSAOAEGAAME ~ Thin Democracy – Democracy Seen As Only An Elected Government And A Market Economy

~ OPPA-TC-P-A-I-TBAFTTD ~ Our Planet’s Problems Are – Too Complex – Pervasive – And – Interconnected – To Be Addressed From The Top Down

~ SDOTIOPMA-AT-WCACOAM-A-WDGMSBTF ~ Solutions Depend On The Insights Of People Most Affected – All Thwarted – When Citizens Are Cut Out And Manipulated – And – When Decisions Get Made Secretly By The Few

~ DIALA-AWPIA-AL-CC-N-M-M-A-ORS-WRTJOE ~ Democracy Is A Learned Art – As We Practice Its Arts – Active Listening – Creative Conflict – Negotiation – Mediation – Mentoring – And – Other Relational Skills – We Reap The Joy Of Effectiveness

~ MAEFOU-TAN-‘F’O’U’~ Markets Are Either Fair Or Unfair – They Are Never – “Free” Or “Unfettered”

~ T-MR-ATAP-AWTSTIOGC ~ Today – Market Rules – And There Are Plenty – Are Written To Serve The Interests Of Global Corporations

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE ~ SIX HUMAN TRAITS WE CAN COUNT ON ~ ECOMIND ~ 2011

~ C-ITOTCACCEOESJAMACD ~ Cooperation – It Turns Out That Cooperating And Co-Creating Explain Our Evolutionary Success Just As Much As Competition Does

~ E-CIMPBE-AITSTBACDCO-‘SW’-IU ~ Empathy – Cooperation Is Made Possible By Empathy – And It Too Seems To Be A Capacity Deeply Carved – Or – “Soft-Wired” – Into Us

~ E-COSHMITA7BIWWE-CP-S-A-W? ~ Efficacy – Could Our Species Have Made It To Almost 7 Billion If We Were Essentially – Couch Potatoes – Shoppers – And – Whiners? – I Don’t Think So

~ M-WHBACOM-SWTGODVBEOOW ~ Meaning – We Human Beings Are Creatures Of Meaning – Seeking Ways To Give Our Days Value Beyond Ensuring Our Own Survival

~ I&C-OATCILOE-WCLAOE-WCIDE-A-WCTTIEIT ~ Imagination And Creativity – Our Ability To Change In Light Of Experience – We Can Learn About Our Environment – We Can Imagine Different Environments – And – We Can Turn Those Imagined Environments Into Reality

~ UCCOPSQD ~ Under Certain Conditions Our Pro-Social Qualities Dissolve

~ ALTCHBSOOLHTETWIU-MBTDSMTEOOPRPC-EPI-S-S ~ At Least Three Conditions Have Been Shown Over Our Long History To Elicit The Worst In Us – Mainly Because They Deny So Many The Expression Of Our Proven Richly Positive Capacities – Extreme Power Inequalities – Secrecy – Scapegoating

~ OSWEAEICODSTFANF-M-E-A-C-AASISWPITHAOSOFSM ~ Our Soft-Wired Empathy And Enjoyment In Cooperation – Our Deep Sensibility To Fairness And Need For – Meaning – Efficacy – And – Creativity – All Are Stifled In Societies Where Power Is Tightly Held And Opportunities Shut Off For So Many

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE ~ TEN ARTS OF DEMOCRACY ~ GETTING A GRIP ~ 2007

~ AL-ETSASFM ~ Active Listening – Encouraging The Speaker And Searching For Meaning

~ CC-COIWTPG ~ Creative Conflict – Confronting Others In Ways That Produce Growth

~ M-FITHPICHOA ~ Mediation – Facilitating Interaction To Help People In Conflict Hear One Another

~ N-PSTMSKIOAI ~ Negotiation – Problem Solving That Meets Some Key Interests Of All Involved

~ PI-ROFATOV ~ Political Imagination – Re-Imagine Our Futures According To Our Values

~ PD ~ Public Dialogue – Public Talk On Matters That Concern Us All

~ PJ-PDMTACTMCTAWTHI ~ Public Judgement – Public Decision Making That Allows Citizens To Make Choices They Are Willing To Help Implement

~ C-EJAGFWWLAWAWWA ~ Celebration – Expressing Joy And Gratitude For What We Learn As Well As What We Achieve

~ E&R-AAITLWLTA ~ Evaluation And Reflection – Assessing And Incorporating The Lessons We Learn Through Action

~ M-SGOILTAOPL ~ Mentoring – Supportively Guiding Others In Learning These Arts Of Public Life