Civic Synergy

Social innovation appears important because, as anticipated, it indicates viable ways of dealing with [intractable problems]: solutions that break the traditional economic models and propose new ones, operating on the basis of a multiplicity of actors’ motivations and expectations.

It's Time for a New Economics

Having worked on and off in the arena of sustainable agriculture for nearly fifty years in both the government and nonprofit sectors, I am asked/challenged most often with the question “When will the production of locally grown, nutritious food become economically viable?” 

Wendell Berry & Wes Jackson to speak at 36th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures

On Saturday October 22nd at 7:00 pm, award winning author Wendell Berry and The Land Institute's co-founder Wes Jackson will share the stage at the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in the heart of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They will hold a conversation about the 50-Year Farm Bill, their work, and their long friendship and collaboration in support of rural communities.

Local Currency Helps Communities Decide "Who Tells Your Story"

The smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton is careful to remind us that it really matters “who tells your story.” After all, who tells the story also determines which stories get told.

Jane Jacobs - Citizen Economist

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.

Emergence of a New Economics

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.

Architecture for a New Economics

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.

Crowd-Sourced Entrepreneurship

The worth of a local business cannot be summarized by its balance sheet alone.

Old Friends – New Home

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:

Leading from the Future

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. 
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