The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives / Edition 1

The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives / Edition 1

by Frances Moore Lappe, Paul Martin Du Bois
     
 

From national political campaigns to local community action groups, a grassroots approach to change is taking hold of America today. Ordinary citizens, driven by a desire to go beyond rhetoric and ideology and address problems in a direct, practical way, are changing the way we live, work, and govern ourselves. The Quickening of America reveals how this new

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From national political campaigns to local community action groups, a grassroots approach to change is taking hold of America today. Ordinary citizens, driven by a desire to go beyond rhetoric and ideology and address problems in a direct, practical way, are changing the way we live, work, and govern ourselves. The Quickening of America reveals how this new approach to solving our problems is indeed working—in local government, education, the workplace, human services, and the media. The authors criss-crossed America in search of democracy in action and found moving stories of ordinary people coming together to make their institutions meet their needs. Exploding the popular myths about public life, power, and self-interest that stop individuals from discovering the rewards of public involvement, they offer practical advice from ordinary Americans on how to get more involved. They detail specific guidelines that anyone can use in mastering the skills—the 'arts of democracy' necessary to be effective in public life, including lessons on strengthening personal skills in speaking, listening, conflict resolution, and more. More than a book, this is a hands-on resource that is simply written, uses interactive devices throughout, and has a useful resource section at the And.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555426057
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
NonProfit Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

OVERCOMING THE MYTHS THAT LIMIT US.

1. A Powerful New Concept for Effective Living.

2. We Each Have a Public Life.

3. Claiming Our Self-Interest (It's Not Selfishness).

4. Discovering Power (It's Not a Dirty Word).

AMERICA COMING ALIVE: THE INVISIBLE REVOLUTION.

5. Our Jobs, Our Economy, and Our Lives.

6. Making the Media Our Voice.

7. From Client to Citizen.

8. Governing "By the People".

9. Educating Real-World Problem Solvers.

LIVING DEMOCRACY: THE PRACTICAL TOOLS.

10. Mastering the Arts of Democracy: One-on-One Skills.

11. Mastering the Arts of Democracy: Group Skills.

12. Embracing the Democratic Self.

13. What, No Manifesto?

Resources for Building a Living Democracy.

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