Our Mission

To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.

"Proud, Enduring Hyphenation" -- W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington on February 23, 1868. He would become a figure of international importance—the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a tireless advocate for the rights of marginalized people everywhere, a founder of the Niagara Movement and the NAACP, and the author of countless influential works of scholarship. In that sense, he was a cosmopolitan intellectual who belonged, and belongs, to the whole world.

Community Land Trusts | Philmont, NY | January 27th

Philmont is a village in Northwestern Columbia County, NY with a population hovering around 1,500, and with an active citizenry for its size. Philmont Beautification, Inc. captures that engagement and channels it to benefit the small stores and residents of the area.

Let Us Be Reckless of Our Words

Our thanks to the many friends of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics for their generous support in 2017.

The “Sweetness of the Marketplace”

In his book Debt: The First 5,000 Years, anthropologist David Graeber challenges the myth that trade emerged first as barter and that money then evolved as a solution to the inconvenience of barter in a way that usually goes something like this:

How Indigenous Land-Use Practices Relate to Community Land Trusts & The Commons

In a recent article in Shareable, The Schumacher Center's Development and Communications Director, Aaron Fernando, writes about similarities between indigenous land stewardship, the community land trust model, and the commons. Read his article below.

Winona LaDuke on Language, the Living World, and the Commons

You may have noticed that the theme of the upcoming 37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on November 4th is "Choosing the Path that is Green". This is a reference to a prophecy of the Anishinaabeg peoples, of whom Winona LaDuke—this year’s keynote speaker— is a member.

Culture & Knowledge: Crucial for a Sustainable Future

At the 37th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures four featured panelists will assemble after Winona LaDuke’s keynote to discuss a variety of topics ranging from land reform, stewarding the commons, solidarity between grassroots movements, to the question of how to transition toward local, living economies.

Re-Imagining Politics through the Lens of the Commons

In his September article for 21st Century Global Dynamics, Schumacher Center's Director of Reinventing the Commons, David Bollier, makes the case for self-organized, bottom up, responses to current economic/social/cultural conditions -- neither market alone nor government funded/directed.

How Small Became Beautiful

Today is the 106th anniversary of Ernest Friedrich Schumacher's birth. To honor the occasion we have included below excerpts from his classic, and still profoundly relevant, 1966 essay "Buddhist Economics." The full text and its multiple translations may be read at the Schumacher Center's website.

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