by Frances Moore Lappe - £11.95 Small Planet Media (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780979414244 | ISBN 10: 0979414245
Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad is a little book with a big message. Frances Moore Lappé — author of sixteen 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. Getting a Grip is a rare “a-ha” book that flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers’ basic sanity — their intuition that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and to grasp instead the real roots of today’s crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism. Getting a Grip leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous.
Because we are creatures of the mind, says Lappé, 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 our planet toward disaster. Then, with fresh insights, startling facts, and stirring vignettes of ordinary people pursuing creative solutions, Lappé uncovers a new, empowering frame 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 is not an ordinary book: it’s more like a new pair of glasses, allowing you to see everything around you with greater clarity. Suddenly the world is more comprehensible, more manageable, even more beautiful. You won’t want to take them off."
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