- Lectures & Publications
My first introduction to the extraordinary intellect of Jane Jacobs (whose 100th birthday would have been May 4th) was at the 1983 Annual Schumacher Lecture.
There is an argument that the emergence of a new economics based on human dignity and sustainability is a phenomenon that emerged from the environmental crisis and the modern corruption of bankers and financial markets.
There are many visions of what a new economy might look like: more local than global, more sharing than exploitative, more respectful of the earth than of profit. What’s missing in most of these visions, however, is the system architecture needed to guide the economy in those directions, and keep it headed there for the indefinite future.
The worth of a local business cannot be summarized by its balance sheet alone.
The Schumacher Center's small office is in a big library. Shelves of books greet us in the morning, accompany us through the day, and beckon to be read as we prepare to leave. These are not just any books:
Transitioning to an economic system that is both equitable and sustainable will require building a network of regional economies, each with a broad spectrum of place-based manufacturers producing for local needs.
A gift of knowledge is infinitely preferable to a gift of material things.…ideas are the most powerful things on earth." - E. F. Schumacher
At the 35th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, both Bren Smith and Allan Savory advocated for managing the commons, rather than "letting nature just take its own course." They spoke on behalf of climate-change abatement, food security, job creation, and the health of both land and sea.
If you asked Judy Wicks what she would say about economics in the wake of International Peace Day, she would tell you, “The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.”
"If democracy is someday to regain control of capitalism, it must start by recognizing that the concrete institutions in which democracy and capitalism are embedded need to be re-invented again and again." - Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century