- Lectures & Publications
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.
The Schumacher Center's small office is in a big library. Shelves of books greet us in the morning, accompany us through the day, and beckon to be read as we prepare to leave. These are not just any books:
Transitioning to an economic system that is both equitable and sustainable will require building a network of regional economies, each with a broad spectrum of place-based manufacturers producing for local needs.
A gift of knowledge is infinitely preferable to a gift of material things.…ideas are the most powerful things on earth." - E. F. Schumacher
At the 35th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, both Bren Smith and Allan Savory advocated for managing the commons, rather than "letting nature just take its own course." They spoke on behalf of climate-change abatement, food security, job creation, and the health of both land and sea.
Not too far into the future, the first 25-student cohort of Schumacher College for New Economists will shake out their boots and set foot on Sallie Calhoun’s 7,000 acre Paicines Ranch. Their week at the ranch will include a crash course in impact investing and designing new agricultural models.
If you asked Judy Wicks what she would say about economics in the wake of International Peace Day, she would tell you, “The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.”
"If democracy is someday to regain control of capitalism, it must start by recognizing that the concrete institutions in which democracy and capitalism are embedded need to be re-invented again and again." - Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century
When, in his 1981 E. F. Schumacher Lecture, Wes Jackson gave a “Call for a Revolution in Agriculture” he was not simply talking about changing tools and techniques, he was talking about a shift in thinking, a shift of culture.
In the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket. Water that leaks out is money that escapes the local economy to pay for imports. The more watertight the bucket, the more wealth retained.