Honoring E. F. Schumacher



Ernst Friedrich Schumacher

AUGUST 16, 1911 — SEPTEMBER 4, 1977


"Since there is now increasing evidence of environmental deterioration, particularly in living nature, the entire outlook and methodology of economics is being called into question. The study of economics is too narrow and too fragmentary to lead to valid insights, unless complemented and completed by a study of meta-economics . . ."

Small Is Beautiful:
A Study of Economics As If People Mattered

(Blond & Briggs, 1973)


E. F. Schumacher's Personal Library and Archives

The Schumacher Center Library is home to the bulk of Dr. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher's personal library and archives, donated in 1994 by his widow, Vreni Schumacher. His collection, consisting of 2,500 books, has been computer indexed and its catalog can be searched online.



E. F. Schumacher: His Life and Thought by Barbara Wood


Interviews, Tributes and Miscellaneous

Interview Part 1 & Part II published in Manas Journal, 1976

Essays, Articles and Quotes

"Buddhist Economics" (multiple translations available)



"Decentralized Economics" a Lindisfarne talk, 1974
Fellows Lectures, NYC a Lindisfarne talk, 1976/1977
 Is Small Still Beautiful? by Satish Kumar, Temenos Academy, 2011
E. F. Schumacher: Is Small the Next Big? by Reel Soul Movies for BBC Radio 4, 2016
(audio of E. F. Schumacher provided by the E. F. Schumacher Archives)


Lectures from: "Responsibility in Economics and Business - The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher."

September 22, 2011 Antwerp, Belgium.



Lectures and talks by E. F. Schumacher from the Schumacher Center for New Economics Archives



Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher by Donald Brittain by Barrie Howells & by Douglas KieferNational Film Board of Canada, 1978


This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.




E. F. Schumacher - On the Edge of the Forest (A Walk Among the Karri and Jarrah Eucalyptus Of Western Australia) by M.B. Oldfield & Sons, 1978

Produced and Directed by Barrie Oldfield

E. F. Schumacher, recorded shortly before his death, talks about his philosophy of life and describes the marvellous ecological balance found in the eucalyptus forests of Australia, which are being cleared on a large scale for sale to the Japanese paper industry.