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EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want by Frances Moore Lappé

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Praise for Frances Moore Lappé's EcoMind

Lappé's EcoMind calls for a drastic rethinking of how markets should work, in a grand vision that weaves together environmental and social justice.... Lappé provides examples of small scale-projects worldwide that are changing the ways in which people think about their own lives, reinvigorating local food systems and wresting power from private industry....EcoMind should not be read once and stuck on a bookshelf. It should be shared with friends, discussed and challenged with others who are ready to make positive and enduring changes within their communities.”

Ms. Magazine

“Delving into neuroscience, anthropology, and history, and sharing her own extensive field experiences, the paradigm-altering LappĂ© argues that perception is key....Brimming with useful information and analysis...Lappé's recalibrated guide to becoming ecominded affirms our ‘capacity to rethink our world’ and provides many urgent reasons to do so.”


A thoroughly researched, overarching look at the political and emotional factors holding us back from making real changes...essential to those feeling powerless in the struggle to reduce our environmental impact. Strongly recommended.”

Library Journal

“This book is pivotal in the most literal sense. As I read it, I find myself turning the crucial 180 degrees from frustration and fear to a sense of constructive possibility. Frances’s ability to express the most complex, existential yearnings is epic—matched only by her courage. Nothing I can say will do justice to how this book continues to affect me.”

Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook

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

Jane Goodall

Frances Moore Lappé brings us yet another gift in EcoMind. She cautions us to avoid the mental traps that block our thinking. She awakens us to our immense possibilities and potentials. She invites us to release our latent energies to be the change we want to see.”

Vandana Shiva, scientist and activist, and author of
Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

Frances Moore Lappé’s exceptionally thought-provoking book is a message of hope. It shows how change is possible, once we open our eyes, look around, and see that we depend on others and on nature. This book obliges us to re-imagine our world, brick by brick, by first re-imagining ourselves.”

Olivier De Schutter, The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Lappé shows how by seeing the big picture we can change it. It’s a clarion call in this age of rising despair.”

Peter Barnes, author of Capitalism 3.0:
A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons

EcoMind reminds us that the most important resource for restoring a clean and healthy planet is the one sitting between our ears. Frances Moore Lappé brilliantly challenges the negative ‘thought traps’ of doom-and-gloom environmental messages and emerges with a positive, people-powered approach.”

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

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, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
of Public Service, New York University

A pioneer of environmental education inspires advocacy on both local and national levels.... [A]ncient ideas of caretaking, harmony, respect, community-building and the search for more meaningful life...laid out in well-organized chapters are worth revisiting for veteran activists, or discovering anew for those who have shied from the subject... An accessible introduction to the psychology of this ‘historic challenge,’ providing an enthusiastic shove toward reflection.“

Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy bestselling Diet for a Small Planet. She is the cofounder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet. Learn more about her work at