Authors urge participatory society
first_imgPASADENA – Authors David C. Korten and Frances Moore Lapp , advocates for a new kind of society led by the masses, shared their world-altering visions with more than 250 people in a five-day seminar that ends today at All Saints Church. The two were brought by a group called Sustainable World Ministry, an economic justice program at the church started by three veteran activists – Marty Coleman, Dorothy Christ and Mae Gautier, all women in their 70s. “Don’t be fooled by the white hair – it’s really a solar panel for activism,” Coleman joked Saturday. The three were so inspired by Korten’s 1995 book, “When Corporations Rule the World,” they formed the ministry and put together a three-day conference in 2002 with Korten as the featured speaker. More than 375 people attended. Lapp said she advocates “emergent living democracy,” in which all people take part in the democratic process. One example of this in her new book is about a public high school in a poor county in Ohio. She said previously, 20percent of those graduating the high school went on to college. However, a new principal allowed students to have a say in everything that happened in their school, even what teachers were hired. Now, Lapp said, 70 percent of the school’s graduates go on the college, and Reader’s Digest named the school among the top 100 schools in the country. “It’s mutual accountability, saying, `I’m a part of the solution, too,’ not just pointing a finger at a CEO or the president,” she added. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor this most recent conference, Korten insisted on bringing Lapp , a woman Coleman says “set the world on fire writing about the causes of hunger.” Lapp , known by her friends as Frankie, achieved fame as an author early in life with her revolutionary “Diet for a Small Planet” in 1971 when she was in her mid-20s. Korten said the message of his new book, “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community,” which he launched at the seminar, is that the United States can no longer rule by military force or dominating relationships as it has in the past. He said this is most apparent in Iraq, where access to small arms and open communication has handicapped the ability of the United States to occupy the country. With the growing affordability of telephone communication and Internet access around the world, Korten said, now is the time to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, rather than letting the wealthy rule. Lapp , who recently published “Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life,” said her book explains the “thin democracy” – where people elect others do “do for us or to us” – under which the United States currently operates has “utterly failed.” “My book argues that the Bush administration is a symptom, not the problem,” she said. “It’s our diminished sense of self.” last_img
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