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April 27, 2010

Interview Tidbit: Frances Lappe

(Frances pictured with her daughter Anna)

On this exciting book journey we have the pleasure of interviewing nearly 100 women who are running interesting, inspiring, and innovative companies. While we of course will be including lots of details in the book and discussing the interviews over the next year, in the meantime we wanted to share a few tidbits from each amazing interview!

Frances Lappe has been hailed by Gourmet magazine as one of the 25 people who have changed the way we eat. Frances was writing and teaching about the impact of our food choices on our health, economy, politics, and humanity long before it was in vogue. She wrote the revolutionary book Diet for a Small Planet more than 20 years ago and since then has been waiting for the rest of us to catch up with her. We were honored to have the opportunity to speak with her.

Aside from gratitude and awe, here are a couple of things we left thinking about:

Adelaide - I was amazed by Frances’ ability to continually create new solutions and alternatives when the existing options didn’t appeal to her. Completely unsatisfied with contributing an ounce less than she possibly could, Frances’ entire career has been about creating opportunities for her and others to make necessary changes in the world. Over the years she has leveraged several formats and outlets including books, foundations, speaking, writing, and community building. I am in awe of what one person can do.

Amy - I was so intrigued by her mantra that it is "not possible to know what's possible". It was clearly her way of channeling fear as energy. Besides it is a wonderful statement that in many ways defines and fuels entrepreneurship.

Thank you, Frances!

- Adelaide & Amy

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