Programs

  The Commons

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a way of placing land, air, water, and minerals in a Commons with a charter based on the principles of sustainable and ecologically-sound stewardship and use.

Read more about the Commons as well as the history of Community Land Trusts and current examples of the model.

  Local Currencies

Commonplace during the early 1900s, local currencies are once again being recognized as a tool for sustainable economic development.  In the early 1970's, Schumacher Center founder Robert Swann worked with Ralph Borsodi to issue a commodity-backed currency on an experimental basis in Exeter, New Hampshire. The Schumacher Center furthered that work in the Berkshires with development of SHARE Micro-credit program, Deli Dollars, Berkshire Farm Preserve Notes, and BerkShares.

Read more about the history of BerkShares and about the history of local currencies.

  Community Supported Industry

The goal of Community Supported Industry is to engage citizens in creation and support of local businesses producing goods now imported into the region -- businesses that also provide living wages and employ sustainable manufacturing processes.

Read more about the goals of Community Supported Industry.

  Curriculum for a New Economics

The effects of our current economic system often have the greatest negative impact on communities marginalized by geographic location, wealth, race, ethnicity, or lack of human capital. By sharing our work with all types of communities, we aim to place new economic tools in the hands of the next generation, so that they may help define and shape our collective future.

Read more here.