- Lectures & Publications
A perceptible alchemy linked speaker to speaker, speakers to participants, and participants to each other at Saturday's 33rd Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures in New York City.
Otto Scharmer, Van Jones, and Judy Wicks outlined the emergence of new economic structures that embed social diversity, shared equity, and care for our fragile ecosystems. They described the collective consciousness leading that emergence.
Is there an independent bookstore, a local bike shop, or an old-fashioned camera shop in your community? If so, they need saving as urgently as the Piping Plover or Plymouth Red-Bellied Turtle. To preserve these businesses, we need to preserve their habitat—a habitat of small, locally owned enterprises, trading with one another, welcoming customers by name, paying town taxes, providing secure jobs, donating gift certificates to benefit the Little League Team, and serving on town boards.
Judy Wicks 2004 E. F. Schumacher Lecture (http://centerforneweconomics.org/publications/lectures/wicks/judy/good-m...) was about the White Dog Café and the vision and principals that inspired a locally-based business that supported other community businesses, that treated employees fairly, and that sourced materials regionally.
Local currencies are designed to encourage trade at locally owned businesses. At the same time their very design can reflect and honor the history and culture or an area. This is true of BerkShares. On the 20 BerkShare note, for example, you find Herman Melville, novelist, essayist, poet, and mariner. Melville is best known as the author of one of the greatest of all American novels, “Moby Dick” (1851).
"Lowly, unpurposeful, and random as they may appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city's wealth of public life may grow." --Jane Jacobs from "The Death and Life of Great American Cities."
The Christian Science Monitor quotes Schumacher Society on currency recirculation as a jobs development tool.
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
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.
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 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.