Best of SoS: Frances Moore Lappé

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

Frances_Moore_LappeOn April 24th on Spring of Sustainability, the brilliant – and prolific – Frances Moore Lappé taught us how to think like an eco-system.

She points to the three S’s of the dominant culture – things are separate, static and scarce. Scarcity puts us into a scramble to get the last bits because we feel we’re running out of everything, thus producing competition. In contrast, an eco-mind reminds us that reality is the three C’s. We are all connected, there is continuous change, and we participate in co-creation – this is thinking like an ecosystem.

We are soft-wired to be caring, empathetic and cooperative. But right now we need to work on our courage – that’s what we need as pioneers.

What gives you hope? “I consider myself a possibilist. I stay in the state of possibility. Hope is an action and takes real intention to bring into our lives people who are more courageous than we are. We become what our context brings out. We have to start telling small stories in order to change the big story of what’s happening.”

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