Our Mission

To educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system.  

Winona LaDuke on Language, the Living World, and the Commons

You may have noticed that the theme of the upcoming 37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on November 4th is "Choosing the Path that is Green". This is a reference to a prophecy of the Anishinaabeg peoples, of whom Winona LaDuke—this year’s keynote speaker— is a member.

Culture & Knowledge: Crucial for a Sustainable Future

At the 37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures four featured panelists will assemble after Winona LaDuke’s keynote to discuss a variety of topics ranging from land reform, stewarding the commons, solidarity between grassroots movements, to the question of how to transition toward local, living economies.

Re-Imagining Politics through the Lens of the Commons

In his September article for 21st Century Global Dynamics, Schumacher Center's Director of Reinventing the Commons, David Bollier, makes the case for self-organized, bottom up, responses to current economic/social/cultural conditions -- neither market alone nor government funded/directed.

How Small Became Beautiful

Today is the 106th anniversary of Ernest Friedrich Schumacher's birth. To honor the occasion we have included below excerpts from his classic, and still profoundly relevant, 1966 essay "Buddhist Economics." The full text and its multiple translations may be read at the Schumacher Center's website.

Making Our Own Gumbo Soup

"To Find Alternatives to Capitalism, Think Small"

In her defense of neoliberal policies, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously thundered: "There is no alternative!" It is time for a rejoinder: “There are plenty of alternatives!”

Regional Currencies' Growing Influence

The economist E. F. Schumacher argued in Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered that from a truly economic point of view the most rational way to produce is "from local resources, for local needs."

Winona LaDuke & Nwamaka Agbo to speak at 37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

 In the folklore of the Anishinaabe peoples of North America, the Prophecy of the Seventh Fire predicts that there will come a time when we must choose between two paths. One path will be green and lush. The other will be well worn but scorched, and walking it will cut our feet.

In Search of Integrity

From 1980-1983 I held the envious position of director of education at the New Alchemy Institute.  New Alchemy was an amazing “think-do” tank operating on an abandoned 12-acre dairy farm on Cape Cod. Inspired by the likes of Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, E. F. Schumacher, and Buckminster Fuller, among others, the institute emerged from the protests in the aftermath of the first Earth Day in 1970 as the premier agent of change to a sustainable future.

History of Innovation | Sharing our Common Wealth

All of us are joint owners of a trove of hidden assets.  These assets — natural gifts like air and water, and social creations like science and the Internet — constitute our shared inheritance — the Commons.  They’re vital to our lives and are at the heart of all economic activity.

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