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EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

February 11, 2012
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A Discussion and Book Signing with Frances Moore Lappé

Wine and Appetizer Reception to follow

Friday February 17th, 2012
NYU’s Kimmel Center, Room 914
60 Washington Square South
7:00-9:00pm

Hosted by The Small Planet Institute and Wagner’s International Public Service Association (IPSA).

What if the ecological crisis were, at heart, a crisis of perception? In her new book, EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé helps facilitate a much needed shift. She argues that much of what is wrong with the world, from our eroding soil to our eroding democracies, results from ways of thinking out of synch with human nature and nature’s rhythms. Humans are not couch potatoes or whiners, we are doers, she says. But our capacity for doing is undermined by seven “thought traps” that leave us mired in fear, guilt, and despair–none of which are motivators to action. Chapter-by-chapter, Moore Lappé takes us from “thought trap” to “thought leap,” and with each kaleidoscopic shift, challenges morph into opportunities. She weaves her analysis together with stories of real people the world over, who, having shifted some basic thought patterns, are shifting the balance of power in our world.

It turns out that gap between the world we long for and the world we thought we were stuck with can be bridged after all–if we can learn to think like an ecosystem. EcoMind shows us the way.

SELECTED AS ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY’S TOP 10 SCIENCE BOOKS FOR FALL 2011

Image: SmallPlanet.org

“Powerful and inspiring, EcoMind will open your eyes and change your thinking.
I want everyone to read it.”

JANE GOODALL

“Frances Moore Lappé has done it again. As she has done so insightfully with respect to food, hunger, and democracy, Lappé now turns her sights on the contemporary ecological crises. EcoMind is a profound example of how analysis breeds not paralysis, but rather informed and inspired action.”

JOHN GERSHMAN, Clinical Associate Professor, New York University

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