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Frances Moore Lappé at Jamaica Plain Forum 11/1 (Fri.)
26 Oct 2007
Thursday, November 1st at 7:00pm, Frances Moore-Lappe visits the Jamaica Plain Forum with a FREE talk entitled “Where Hope Triumphs Over Fear: an Invisible Global Revolution.”
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"Where Hope Triumphs Fear" with France Moore Lappé at the Jamaica Plain Forum

Thursday, November 1st, 7:00pm
6 Eliot St. (Across from the Monument)
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist


In 2006 an energized electorate seemed poised to reassert ownership of the democratic process. Since the elections, however, polls show that citizens confidence in government has resumed its downward trend. Far from waning, disillusion and disengagement continue to spread.

Why is this happening, and how can we stop it? Frances Moore Lappé is the author of sixteen books, including the 1971 three-million-copy bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, has some suggestions.

Distilling decades of experience, Lappé begins from the simple notion that we create our world according to our ideas. From this understanding, she suggests that there is a central fault with America’s prevailing model of democracy: while democracy seeks to spread power broadly, the wealth-driven market concentrates power. This contradiction lies at the heart of what the author calls “thin democracy.”

Lappé reveals an emerging trend that stands in marked contrast to “thin democracy.” She explores developments from clean election initiatives to fair trade economies, from evolving standards of corporate accountability to emerging forms of citizen involvement. These are not isolated victories, Lappé submits, but signs of a burgeoning new worldview that empowers individuals and emphasizes community. She calls this new alternative “living democracy” and challenges us all to find entry points for involvement with this historical breakthrough.

Her new book, “Getting A Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad,” will be available for purchase.

The Jamaica Plain Forum is a series of discussions, documentaries, and events about the great issues of the day. The JP Forum is sponsored by the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist and the Institute for Policy Studies. All Jamaica Plain Forum events are wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Donation requested.

Upcoming Jamaica Plain Forum events include “An Unreasonable Man” documentary screening (November 30th), “Mapping Stem Cell Research” documentary screening (December 14th), and many more.

For more information, and to sign-up for our mailing list, visit the JP Forum website at
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