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War and Peace, Climate Change & Citizen Responses
The pursuit of a new economics has broad implications. Our Earth is in crisis; our communities are in crisis. At the heart of these twin issues is an economic system that treats land, air, water, and minerals – our common inheritance – as commodities to be bought and sold on the market. An economic system that distributes the income from that inheritance to a relatively few "owners," whose wealth increases disproportionately as a result, leading to social disruption.
Schumacher Center's founding President, Robert Swann, would add that an unjust and unsustainable economic system is also the root cause of war. He dedicated his life to building new systems for holding land and for democratizing currency issue.
Jodie Evans, a co-founder of CODEPINK, would agree that the issues of war and peace, of climate change, of women's rights and workers' rights, and of the economy are all tied together. September 21st is International Peace Day andCODEPINK is joining in the People's Climate March in New York City.
To better understand this intersection of issues, at the Schumacher Center's Library we have been watching and discussing the classic 1967 Russian film "War and Peace," directed by Sergei Bondarchuk:
These events highlight positive citizen responses to the crisis we are facing.
Schumacher Center events:
Judy Wicks "Building a New Economy: What’s Love Got to Do With it?"
Oct 10th – Searles Castle, Great Barrington, MA
Judy Wicks is a well-known leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She founded Fair Food Philly in 2000, and the following year she co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada. She also founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. She is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philidelphia Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Judy Wicks’ memoir, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Jouney of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer" was published in 2013 and will be available for purchase at the event.
The talk begins at 7:30 PM, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Tickets are ten dollars or ten BerkShares, BerkShares preferred. Because of limited seating,
pre-registration is required.
This event is co-sponsored by BerkShares, Inc., Berkshire Grown, Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires, Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, and Kosmos Journal.
The 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures
Nov 15th – Judson Memorial Church, New York City, NY
Registration is now open. More information on this year's speakers:
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 OurGoods.org in New York City and TradeSchool.coop in 50 cities internationally for the past five years, Woolard is now focused on BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on New York City To Be Determined to create and support truly affordable, community land trusts for cultural resilience in New York City.
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.