Book Reviews -
Review by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
Review by Grace Gershuny, Author of Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, & Human Liberation. www.organic-revolutionary.com
Review by Emily Nink for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
Confronting entrenched viewpoints to overcome polarity and prompt social change in the food system.
About the Book - Social change requires relentless incrementalism with both a strong heart and patience. It has no room for ego. It has no room for hierarchies. It demands that we talk with people who are creating or upholding the obstacles in our way. It demands us to be great listeners with the ability to remain curious. How do we hold this space while retaining the ability to function? We engage the six capabilities of a change agent.
There is a growing need to overcome differences and find common values by rethinking collaboration and inclusivity. Real and sustained change requires everyone to be at the table, not just the people that we want to work with because of shared views. No Table Too Small walks us through six capabilities that people can use with other individuals, groups, and organizations to effect change in the food system.
There needs to be a shift in how we work and who we work with. There is an art and attitude to social change that is explored in this book. Laura Titzer provides tools and insights based on her personal and professional experiences for those working in the food system to incite change.
“Want to become a better food system change agent? A careful and reflective read of No Table Too Small will yield important lessons that will benefit you and your community.” –Mark Winne
“In an age of political polarization and entrenched opinions, Laura Titzer argues that the only way we can achieve deep change to our food system is through engaging with those who hold radically divergent opinions. She provides a path forward with strategies and ruminations on the process needed to achieve that change.” –Andy Fisher, Big Hunger
“Today’s political and social climate is stymied by polarization and an inability to communicate with–or be understanding of–different points of view. Ironically, when so many aspects of our society are deemed in disrepair, this is the least effective way to bring about change. Instead, we should be looking for ways to build bridges between polarized sides; ways to hear and consider differing viewpoints; ways to find signals of recognition and respect for all parties involved.
Laura Titzer’s book provides a framework to reshape our food system through an inclusive and participatory process that focuses on discussion, finding common ground, and collective organizing. For activists, organizations, or change agents looking to incorporate these techniques into their methodology, No Table Too Small expertly and comprehensively lays the essential steps of true participatory change.”
–Loren Cardeli, A Growing Culture
- March 8th – Seattle, WA. iLEAP, 7pm. Reading, discussion, and book-signing. Books will be available for sale. Co-sponsored by Faith Action Network, Center for Ethical Leadership, Community Alliance for Global Justice, and Northwest Harvest. Event Flyer Here.
- March 17th – Yakima, WA. Inklings Bookshop. 1pm. Reading and book-signing. Books will be available for sale. Co-sponsored by Faith Action Network and Inklings Bookstore. Event Flyer Here.
- March 22nd – Spokane, WA. Aunties Bookstore, 7pm. Reading and book-signing. Books will be available for sale. Co-sponsored by Food For All of Catholic Charities of Spokane.
- September 12th – Tacoma, WA. Book Signing at the Closing the Hunger Gap Conference.
- September 28th – Seattle, WA. Third Place Books – Seward Park, 7pm. Reading and book-signing.
- October 8th – Evansville, IN. Barnes and Noble, 2pm. Reading and book-signing.
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