Grip: Clarity, Creativity & Courage in a World Gone Mad
is a little book with a big message. Frances Moore Lappe -- author of
fifteen books, including three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small
Planet -- distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a
conversational yet hard-hitting style to create a rare "aha" book.
In nine short chapters, Lappe leaves readers feeling liberated and
courageous. She flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and
affirms readers' basic sanity -- their intuitive knowledge that it is
possible to stop grasping at straws and grasp the real roots of today's
crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism.
Because we are creatures of the mind, says Lappe, it is the power of
"frame" -- our core assumptions about how the world works--that
determines outcomes. She pinpoints the dominant failing frame now
driving out planet toward disaster.
By interweaving fresh insights, startling facts, and stirring vignettes
of ordinary people pursuing creative solutions to our most pressing
global problems, Lappe uncovers a new, empowering "frame" through which
real solutions are emerging worldwide. She writes: "My book's intent is
to enable us to see what is happening all around us but is still
invisible to most of us. It is about people in all walks of life who
are penetrating the spiral of despair and reversing it with new ideas,
ingenious innovation--and courage.".
Getting a Grip
Clarity, Creativity, and
Courage in a World Gone Mad
Frances Moore Lappe
Small Planet Media, 2007