Cambridge, MA

Organizer and Author

ABOUT

Adam Eichen is an American author and activist focused on highlighting the emerging Democracy Movement in the United States. He recently finished his first book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017), coauthored with Frances Moore Lappé.

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The Progressive: Behind the Electoral College Debate, a Flourishing Effort to Advance Democracy

In These Times: The Case for Using Ranked Choice Voting in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries

The Hill: We need ranked-choice voting in the presidential primaries

The Hill: A crowded 2020 presidential primary field calls for ranked choice voting

Daring Democracy

An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump’s victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy. Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis.

This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s feeling powerless—in this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It’s not, Lappé and Eichen argue. With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here, exposing the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. But at the heart of this unique book are solutions. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a “canopy of hope” the authors call the Democracy Movement. In this invigorating “movement of movements,” millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. The movement and democracy itself are vital to us as citizens and fulfill human needs—for power, meaning, and connection—essential to our thriving. In this timely and necessary book, Lappé and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy. “It is all too easy to fall into despair, but instead we can join the many others who are ‘daring democracy’ in many ways, as we learn from this instructive account of hopeful prospects.” —Noam Chomsky  

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