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.  

We combine theoretical research on economics with practical application, deliberately focusing on transformative systems and the principles that guide them.  

HISTORY, THEORY, VISION - To create a new economics, we must first fall in love with its vision. Andrew Kimbrell

E. F. Schumacher Annual Lectures — Established in 1981, the collected Schumacher Lectures capture some of the most visionary voices that speak to the urgent need to transform our economic, social, and cultural systems in ways that support both the planet and its citizens. 

Schumacher Library — Housed in a 2,000 square foot building on the side of Jug End Mountain in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, this research library includes the books and papers of E. F. Schumacher and other new economists as well as collections on worker ownership, community supported agriculture, local currencies, the commons, and appropriate technology.  The Library's catalog is searchable online.

Events – Lectures, conferences, and seminars on themes of a new economics. 

APPLICATION - We use the term Community Supported Industry to describe a multi-faceted development process characterized by consumers and producers working together as co-creators of their region's economic future.

Commons Program — Systems for holding and allocating our Natural Commons -- earth, air, water, and fire (minerals and fossil fuels) -- in a manner that is just and sustainable. Includes legal documents for Community Land Trusts that ensure permanently affordable access to land for workforce housing, farms, regional manufacturing, local businesses, and the arts. 

Local Currency Program – BerkShares is the best-known contemporary example of a place-based currency. Includes detailed background material and legal documents for BerkShares and other currencies.  Also includes information on "Deli Dollars" and "Berkshire Farm Preserve Notes," predecessors to BerkShares.

Community Financing Tools  — documents of SHARE (Self-Help Association for a Regional Economy), a micro-lending program that offers a simple way for citizens to support import-replacement businesses (1981-1992). 

LEGACY – Honoring those who paved a path ahead of us including:

• E. F. Schumacher, economist and author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered;

• Robert Swann, carpenter, founder of the community land trust movement, and founding President of the E. F. Schumacher Society;

• MANAS, a journal of independent inquiry capturing voices of intelligent idealism; and  

• Lindisfarne Association, whose collection of recordings of conversations about culture, society, technology, and economy offer a vision of a new planetary culture.

TEAM – Stewarding and building on the Legacy

• Board of Directors

• Advisory Board

• Staff

OPPORTUNITIES – Job openings and internships are posted here.

LEGAL STATUS – The Schumacher Center for a New Economics is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is heir to the Legacy programs of the E. F. Schumacher Society founded in 1980.  

More information on the Schumacher Center available here.