The 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

The 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures
This Must Be the Place: Creative Enterprise in a New Economy 
November 15, 2014 | Judson Memorial Church, NYC

Matt Stinchcomb is Vice President of Values and Impact at Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. The Company's mission, inspired by the work of E. F. Schumacher, is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Matt has worked at Etsy since its earliest days with a focus on giving people the means and desire to minimize harm and maximize benefit for people and the planet. He firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for personal, ecological, and cultural transformation.

Caroline Woolard graduated from the only tuition-free art school in the United States with a strong commitment to the solidarity economy movement and to conceptual art. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks in New York City and in 50 cities internationally for the past five years, Woolard is now focused on to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture.






The first Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures were delivered in 1981 by Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Hazel Henderson.  They emphasized the importance of vibrant regional economies at a time when the focus of the nation was on an expanding global economy. 

Now that the global economy has been shown to deliver increased inequality, environmental degradation, and monoculture, a growing number of people are turning to an economics that recognizes the importance of place, community, and human-scale technologies and solutions.  At the Thirty-Fourth Annual Schumacher Lectures Matt Stinchcomb and Caroline Woolard will explore the role of creative enterprise in developing this new economy. 

The full text of past lectures are made available free of cost in the spirit of sharing this information widely and democratically. 


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