Our Mission

To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.

Re-imagining Fashion as an Ecosystem of Commons

Last month David Bollier delivered a talk at the conference “Searching for a New Luxury” in Arnhem, Netherlands. The conference focused on the dark underside of the fashion and garment industries: underpaid and abused labor, prodigious amounts of waste, hyper-commercialism at the expense of craft and design, odious marketing strategies. But it also explored the positive responses underway.

Beyond Civil Rights: Economic Democracy

The following article by Aaron Fernando was originally published in STIR, Issue 21, Spring 2018, a quarterly magazine of new economics in the UK.  It is reprinted with STIR’s generous permission.

Cultivating The Next Generation Of Enterprises

The industrial cooperatives in Mondragón, Spain are well-known in economic development circles for their sophisticated organizational structure.  All workers are owners.  No member receives more than eight times the earnings of the lowest wage, thereby distributing wealth in an equitable way. 

What's Your Money Doing Tonight?

The nature of money is to abstract value. That is its role. It stands in place of an actual good or service.

Puerto Rico -- Spirited Community Response

The building of the church met its objective.  In January 1971 the US Navy ceased its bombing of Flamenco Beach on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra.​

"Proud, Enduring Hyphenation" -- W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington on February 23, 1868. He would become a figure of international importance—the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a tireless advocate for the rights of marginalized people everywhere, a founder of the Niagara Movement and the NAACP, and the author of countless influential works of scholarship. In that sense, he was a cosmopolitan intellectual who belonged, and belongs, to the whole world.

Community Land Trusts | Philmont, NY | January 27th

Philmont is a village in Northwestern Columbia County, NY with a population hovering around 1,500, and with an active citizenry for its size. Philmont Beautification, Inc. captures that engagement and channels it to benefit the small stores and residents of the area.

Let Us Be Reckless of Our Words

Our thanks to the many friends of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics for their generous support in 2017.

The “Sweetness of the Marketplace”

In his book Debt: The First 5,000 Years, anthropologist David Graeber challenges the myth that trade emerged first as barter and that money then evolved as a solution to the inconvenience of barter in a way that usually goes something like this:

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