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

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I highly recommAnd Quickening as an extremely useful and practical guide. It reaffirms that personal and social change are intertwined; that each of us counts; that our lives do make a difference; and that, through involvement and by developing our skills, we can make an even greater difference.
—ReverAnd Jesse L. Jackson, president and founder, National Rainbow Coalition

An antidote to cynicism . . . an essential 'how-to' manual for anyone interested in translating values into positive results.
—Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's

Exploding the popular myths about public life, power, and self-interest that stop individuals from discovering the rewards of public involvement, this thoughtful resource offers practical advice from ordinary Americans on how to get more involved. Details guidelines anyone can use to master the skills required to be effective in public life.

Change is the watchword of the nineties. Ordinary Americans are coming together to change their workplaces, their communities, their schools, and their lives. This deeply personal, inspiring, and interactive book is full of practical advice on how to get involved.

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''I highly recommAnd Quickening as an extremely useful and practical guide. It reaffirms that personal and social change are intertwined; that each of us counts; that our lives do make a difference; and that, through involvement and by developing our skills, we can make an even greater difference.'' (ReverAnd Jesse L. Jackson, president and founder, National Rainbow Coalition)

"An antidote to cynicism ... an essential 'how-to' manual for anyone interested in translating values into positive results." (Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's)

"One of the few truly optimistic books about the state of the country today. The book is as much a storehouse of life-changing ideas that work as a you-take-charge manual on how to understand economics, power, teamwork, the media, corporate strategies and 'living demoncracy.'"

"In their accessible, emphatically interactive volume, Lappea and Du Bois challenge debilitating myths about democracy, public life, self-interest, and power; discuss the one-on-one skills (active listening, creative conflict, mediation, and negotiation) and the skills for use in group settings (political imagination, public dialogue, public judgment, celebration and appreciation, evaluation and reflection, and mentoring) that are essential elements in building a 'culture of democracy.'"

''The Quickening of America is as urgent and important as any book published in yearsbut, unlike many, it is also of real use to ordinary people.'' (Jonathon Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities)

''Fascinating stories and insights from Americans who are learning that democracy is about much more than what happens in Washington. Lappea and Du Bois reveal a new practice of democracy as citizen problem solvingin our schools, communities, and workplaces. A powerful antidote to despairhard hitting yet hopeful.'' (Henry Cisneros, secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development)

''In The Quickening of America I learned how to movewith power, effectiveness, and good humorbeyond self-imposed limits.... We regular people can and must make history.'' (Randy Hayes, director, Rainforest Action Network)

''After years of listening to regular women and men at the grassroots, the authors have distilled hundreds of inspiring success stories into a unique 'how-to' book, infusing the concepts of 'democracy', 'power', and 'public life' with vibrant new meaning and challenging us to profoundly rethink our lives.'' (Fritjof Capra, founder and president, The Elmwood Institute, and author of The Tao of Physics)

''As an elected official who longs for more empowered citizens, I hope thousands of people will read this book, where they will discover again what hard work, but also what satisfying work, democracy can be.'' (Daniel Kemmis, mayor, City of Missoula, Montana)

''Lappea and Du Bois are chroniclers of changein the way we think about ourselves and the world in which we live.... [a] convincing and refreshing reaffirmation of the democratic process.'' (Patrick J. Leahy, senator, State of Vermont)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555426057
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: NonProfit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 735,292
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the best-selling Diet for a Small Planet (1971). Her writings have appeared in publications as diverse as Harper's, The New York Times, and Reader's Digest. She is cofounder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy and lectures frequently on issues of democracy in action, food and hunger, and other important issues. PAUL MARTIN DU BOIS has authored two textbooks and over twenty articles, and has served on the faculty and as vice president of two colleges. Lappe and Du Bois are codirectors of the Center for Living Democracy.

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Table of Contents


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).


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.


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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