E. F. Schumacher

Mondragon: Reclaiming Regional Production Capacity

Judith Schwartz's article on the Mondragon Cooperatives was posted today at Miller-McCune.

The loss of productive capacity and skills leaves regional economies vulnerable. Mondragon provides an example of how to reverse that trend and create new jobs.


This Import Might Preserve American Jobs
Might a cooperative model that arose from ashes of a civil war serve the Rust Belt economies of America's Midwest?

Schumacher lectures/Amherst Community TV

Ernie Urvater of Amherst Community TV filmed the 2009 E. F. Schumacher Lectures in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His films of Bill McKibben and Benjamin Barber's talks will be aired on ACTV.

Scheduled times for the airings are below. You can also stream the shows from the links below.

We hope you enjoy these presentations as much as those attending the lectures enjoyed and were inspired by them.

Benjamin Barber
11/23/2009 at 12:00 PM
11/26/2009 at 6:35 PM
11/30/2009 at 12:00 PM

Bill McKibben

Economic Ideas that Matter/Jane Jacobs

Judith Schwartz turns to Jane Jacobs for ideas that matter when it comes to economics. See her Miller-McCune article below.


What Jane Jacobs Can Teach Us About the Economy

Late urban champion's notions about decline and imports newly resonant during this recession.

By: Judith D. Schwartz | October 24, 2009

Everyone is an Activist

In this fragile economy discussion of a new, re-envisioned, economics is a common topic, bridging political affiliations. People are eager to join in practical action that addresses a system in crisis, driving an activism in which every citizen is a participant.

For twenty-nine years, the E. F. Schumacher Society, joined by a circle of partners and allies, has imagined, implemented, and shared information about citizen-initiated projects for shaping sustainable local economies.

Manufacture Goods, Not Needs

As part of his vision for diverse regional economies, E. F. Schumacher advocated for production and manufacturing from local resources for local needs.

David Boyle at launch of Brixton Pound

David Boyle is one of the senior staff at the New Economics Foundation in London and well known for his writings on local currencies. He is part of the NEF team working with the E. F. Schumacher Society to form the New Economics Institute in North America.

David gave the following address last week at the launch of the Brixton Pound.

Washington Post on BerkShares and Brixton Pound

Today's "Washington Post" credits BerkShares local currency with inspiring launch of the Brixton Pound as a citizen-driven economic development tool in London's poorest neighborhood.


When Going Gets Tough, Local Currency Gets Going

By Karla Adam
Special to the Washington Post
Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Most Important Number in the World

Concept2 Rowing and the Craftsbury Green Nordic Racing Program are organizing a worldwide rowing/skiing challenge that will cover 350 million meters all before October 24. Volunteers in Panama City’s Parque Nacional Soberania gathered to plant 350 native species trees and almost doubled their target. Community members are gathering in Vancouver for a 350-person salsa dancing extravaganza.

When you damage the outer world, you damage the inner world

Father Thomas Berry first spoke for the Schumacher Society in 1984, then again in 1991, and finally in 2004.

An inspired student of Teilhard de Chardin, he was deeply in love with the planet itself, as a living being. Its visible signs of deterioration grieved him. Concerned, he thought at first to use his gift of speech to describe the scope of Earth's devastation, believing that such a picture would lead his listeners to acts of restoration.

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