John Abrams


Speaking Topics

Worker cooperatives & employee ownership | Triple bottom line business & B-Corps | High performance affordable housing & zero energy building | Company carbon footprint assessments

John Abrams is the co-founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, an employee owned enterprise committed to triple bottom line business practice. In 1987 South Mountain re-structured as a worker cooperative, and today 21 of its 33 employees are full owners. In 2005 Business Ethics Magazine awarded South Mountain its National Award for Workplace Democracy. 

South Mountain’s integrated architecture, engineering, energy, and building teams – all in one company – create effective design/build production of zero energy buildings, deep energy retrofits, high performance neighborhoods of affordable housing, and a wide range of renewable energy installations.

In the 40 years since SMC’s founding, John has had many roles in business, in his community, and in green building. He challenges conventional business concepts: that bigger is better, that profits come first, and that location is incidental.

The narratives found in his resonant memoir, The Company We Keep, demonstrate that one can bring high values to the workplace, promote ecological restoration, uphold high standards of craftsmanship, control growth, and still run a successful (and highly collaborative) company.  A second edition of the book, Companies We Keep, was published in 2008 with a broader focus on employee ownership. He blogs at

John lives with his wife Chris, in a co-housing neighborhood designed and built by his company.


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Gar Alperovitz


Speaking Topics

New economics | Social change in America | New forms of governance

Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative. He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King's College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz's numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His most recent book is What Then Must We Do?  Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, published in 2013 by Chelsea Green.  Dr. Alperovitz is also author of America Beyond Capitalism (2004 and 2011), The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, published in 1995, the 2002 book, Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), and the 2008 book Unjust Deserts (with Lew Daly).

Watch the Gar Alperovitz Film, The Next American Revolution

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Peter Barnes


Speaking Topics

Sharing the commons

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown.  He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.  In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets (now Credo).  In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Cooperative Bank, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Redefining Progress, Greenpeace International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-SoldierThe People’s LandWho Owns the Sky? and Capitalism 3.0.  His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, the Utne Reader, Yes! and elsewhere.  In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in northern California.  

Read Peter Barnes's E. F. Schumacher Lecture and some of his articles.


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David Bollier


Speaking Topics

Overview of the commons | Digital commons and internet culture | Law and policy surrounding the commons | Ecological governance | Inter-commoning

David Bollier is Director of the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program. He is an American activist, author, and blogger whose work focuses on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics, and culture.

Bollier’s work at Schumacher Center draws on his experiences as co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an international advocacy/consulting project (2009-present), and as founding editor of (2002-2010).  He has co-organized a wide variety of pioneering international conferences on the commons, strategy workshops, seminars, and public events, especially in Europe.

His mostly widely read book on the commons is Think Like a Commoner:  A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons (2014), now translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Greek, and Korean, as well as an upcoming Chinese translation.  Bollier’s other books include Patterns of Commoning (2015) and The Wealth of the Commons (2012), both with co-editor Silke Helfrich; Green Governance (2013), co-authored with the late Professor Burns Weston; and Viral Spiral (2009), Brand-Name Bullies (2005), and Silent Theft (2002).

Bollier has hosted an educational film, This Land Is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons; taught “The Rise of the Commons” course at Amherst College as the Croxton Lecturer in 2010; served an expert witness for the “design commons” in a trademark lawsuit; and contributed chapters to more than a dozen book anthologies. For twenty-five years, until 2010, he collaborated closely with television producer/writer Norman Lear on a wide variety of non-television public affairs and political projects. In 2012, Bollier received the Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy from the American Academy in Berlin for his work on the commons. 

He was co-founder and board member (2001-2011) of Public Knowledge, a Washington policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the information commons, as well as Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication for many years.  In the 1970s and 1980s, Bollier worked in various policy positions in Washington, D.C.– for a Member of Congress, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, People for the American Way, and Ralph Nader. 

Bollier blogs at and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, a place that knows a lot about commoning and inspires a passionate hometown loyalty.


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David Boyle


Speaking Topics

The importance of local economies| Local and alternative currencies | Co-production, ownership, and work | The emerging new economics | Localism and authenticity

David Boyle is a fellow of the new economics foundation, where he has worked in various capacities since 1987—writing and editing, developing new projects, launching the time-bank movement in the UK, advising on the future of money and volunteering, and most recently participating in research on localism and the future of public services. He is the author of a range of books about money, change, and the future, including Funny Money; The Tyranny of Numbers; Authenticity; Money Matters; and The Human Element: Ten new rules to kick-start our failing organizations. He also writes history books. David advises politicians, has run for Parliament in the UK, and recently finished an independent review for the UK government on the future of public services.


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Niaz Dorry


Speaking Topics

Fisheries and the commons | Community supported fisheries | Marine-based economies | Justice, equity & access | Building decentralized, purposeful movements

Niaz is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). For the past 20 years, Niaz has been working on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of the small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity.

NAMA works with small and medium scale fishermen on policy alternatives and market transformation strategies that support traditional fishing communities to have the smallest ecological footprint and the biggest food system, economic and social impact. In winter 2007/2008, NAMA and the Port Clyde, Maine community pioneered the Community Supported Fishery (CSF) model, which has since grown to 50 + across the Americas and Europe through the network. 

Before joining NAMA, Niaz served as the Interim Chief Operations Office for the Healthy Building Network, and began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. 

Her fisheries articles appear regularly in Fishermen's Voice and SAMUDRA as well as a range of random publications. Niaz' work and approach have been noted in a number of books including Against the TideDeeper Shade of GreenThe Spirit's TerrainVanishing SpeciesThe Great GulfSwimming in CirclesA Troublemaker's Teaparty and The Doryman's Reflection.

She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out as well as Art of Leadership trainings. She serves on the executive committee of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish, as well as on the core team of Food Solutions New England. She recently served as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and Global Environment. 

Learn more about Niaz: On The Common | Positive Vibrations | Morality and the Marginalized | Badlands, Badfish


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Steve Dubb


Speaking Topics

Using community ownership of business to build wealth in low-income communities | Leveraging anchor institutions for community wealth building and local economic development |The role of community wealth building policy in building a more democratic economy | Understanding a range of community wealth building approaches (ESOPs, co-ops, community land trusts, CDCs, CDFIs, benefit corporations, municipal ownership)

Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects & Senior Advisor to the President of The Democracy Collaborative and has been with the Collaborative since 2004. In addition to his research and project-based consulting work, Steve directs the staff at the Washington, DC office of the Collaborative and regularly represents the Collaborative at public events and conferences.

At the Collaborative, Steve has a wide body of written work, including Building Wealth, The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems and The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads. Steve has also been engaged in a wide range of project-based work. This includes working with Ted Howard in 2007 on the initial strategic planning that help lead to the development of the Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, Steve has participated in writing a number of feasibility studies that seek to identify ways that area anchor institutions can leverage their purchasing strength to help create community-owned businesses and/or better support existing businesses in low-income neighborhoods. Steve is also part of the Collaborative’s Learning/Action Lab team that is partnering with the Northwest Area Foundation and Native American organizations in four cities to develop employee-owned businesses and social enterprises in Indian Country, both in urban areas and on reservation land.

Prior to his work at the Collaborative, Steve worked in various positions involving cooperatives and social justice work. From 1989 to 1998 he was a co-manager of the Groundwork Books Collective in San Diego, California, which operated a small textbook and bookstore business (sales of nearly $1 million a year). From 1999 to 2000, Steve worked as a researcher in the International Office of the Organizing Department of the United Steelworkers. From 2000 to 2003, Steve was Executive Director of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), a U.S. and Canadian nonprofit association that provides education and technical assistance to university and community-based housing and retail cooperatives. 


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Anthony Flaccavento


Speaking Topics

Bottom up economics | Rural development | Sustainable agriculture: building local food systems | Politicizing the local economy movement | Progressive politics in Appalachia and rural areas

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer and small business owner near Abingdon, Virginia.  He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region and around the nation for the past 30 years.  In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development, launching innovative enterprises in food aggregation and distribution, food access for lower income people, sustainable forestry and wood products and more.

In 2009, Anthony founded SCALE, Inc, a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.  SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico the Arkansas Delta, Minneapolis and other communities, both urban and rural.

Anthony speaks and writes about sustainable development, economics, food systems and rural development issues extensively, with some of his pieces appearing in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Solutions Journal and elsewhere.  In July, 2015 he launched a weekly You Tube series, “Take Five with Tony”, as part of a new bottom up economy initiative. He is the author of Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains and his book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up will be published in the spring of 2016.

In 2012, Anthony was the Democratic candidate for the US Congress in Virginia’s 9th District. He has a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development, and is married with three terrific grown children.


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Deborah Frieze


Speaking Topics

Impact investing | Integrated approaches to capital building | Creating spaces that encourage resilient communities

Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she co-founded the Boston Impact Initiative, a place-based impact investing fund that seeks to create systemic shifts in opportunity for urban communities. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to help build resilient local economies.

Deborah’s focus on resilience began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley.

After writing Walk Out Walk On, Deborah decided to build an urban learning center modeled after the pioneering leaders she wrote about. In August 2013, she founded the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain, MA, a place where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities. This small studio, which shares a half-acre residential lot with a community home, is an experiment in dissolving the boundary between public and private. Its purpose is to provide a space for community to meet, learn, eat, celebrate and play—and thereby restore our wholeness as citizens.

Deborah is on the board of the Sustainability Guild in Boston and Swaraj University in India. She serves as a consultant and adviser to numerous grassroot organizations both locally and abroad. Deborah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College


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John Fullerton


Speaking Topics

Regenerative capitalism | Financial overshoot | Transforming finance | Impact investment | Planetary limits | Financial reform and "too big to fail" | Limits to growth | Stranded assets | Climate change

John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute, and a recognized New Economy thought leader and public speaker. He is also an active impact investor through his Level 3 Capital Advisors.
Previously, he was a managing director of JPMorgan where he managed multiple capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and then ran the venture investment activity of LabMorgan as Chief Investment Officer through the merger with Chase Manhattan Bank in 2001. John served as JPMorgan’s representative on the Long Term Capital Management Oversight Committee in 1997-98. He is a co-founder and director of holistic ranch management company Grasslands, LLC, a director of New Day Farms, Savory Institute, and the New Economy Coalition, a trustee of the V. Kahn Rasmussen Foundation, and an advisor to Armonia, LLC, the UNEP Finance Inquiry, and Richard Branson’s Business Leader’s initiative (“B Team”). In spring 2014, John was humbled to receive a nomination to the Club of Rome; he is now a full member.
John is the creator of the “Future of Finance” blog at, which is also syndicated with The Guardian, Huffington Post, CSRWire, the EcoWatch blog, and the New York Society of Security Analysts’ Finance Professionals’ Post. He has appeared on Frontline, and been interviewed by the New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, WOR radio, Real News Network, INET, Think Progress, The Laura Flanders Show on GRITtv, Thom Hartmann, and The Free Forum Show with Terrence NcNally.
John has an MBA in Finance from the Stern School at New York University, and a BA in economics from the University of Michigan.

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Merrian Goggio Borgeson


Speaking Topics

Clean energy finance | Community development and finance

Merrian is the co-founder and principal of Tule Partners, a strategic advisory and analysis firm with expertise in clean energy finance, creative community capital solutions, and sustainable economic development. Merrian also works as an affiliated researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused on the financing and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. And she has enjoyed working with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) for over a decade – as the founding director of a local network (the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia), as managing director of BALLE, as a board member including two years as board chair, and now back working with staff to support BALLE’s innovative work on tapping into Community Capital. Merrian currently serves as a trustee for the Goggio Family Foundation and as board chair for Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise that provides high quality, affordable maternity services in East Africa. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a Masters from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group, and BA in International Relations from Stanford University. 


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Eric Harris-Braun


Speaking Topics

Local currencies | Technology in the new economy

Eric Harris-Braun designs and builds software infrastructure for the new economy. He is a co-founder of the MetaCurrency project, which is creating a platform for communities of all scales to design and deploy their own currencies.  He works closely with The Collective Intelligence Research Institute, a research and development group dedicated to understanding and developing new forms of collective intelligence.  Eric is the co-founder of Glass Bead Software, a provider of peer-to-peer networking applications, and of Harris-Braun Enterprises, a free-lance software development shop, which has created, among other things, complex data-collection websites for the health-care industry, an Android application for catch monitoring for the fishing industry, and the Online Writing Workshop, which it built and operates. In 1994 he published the Internet Directory ( Fawcett Columbine), which sold over 100,000 copies and went on to a second edition in 1996 before being made obsolete by Google. Eric received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University. Currently he lives in rural New York, where he is part of a Quaker Intentional community, plays with his two kids, tends a vineyard, and lives in a straw-bale house.

Watch Eric Harris-Braun in this interview about Holochain, which he cofounded.


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Richard Heinberg


Speaking Topics

Climate change | Addressing peak oil | Alternatives to economic growth

Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun, and on web sites such as,,,, and  

Heinberg has been quoted in Time Magazine and has spoken to hundreds of audiences, including members of the European Parliament, in 14 countries. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.
His latest animations are  Who Killed Economic Growth?  
and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Minutes , which went viral on YouTube and won YouTube’s DoGooder Video of the Year Award. 
Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven books including :
Snake Oil: How Fracking's False Promis of Plenty Imperils Our Future (2013)
- The End of Growth ( 2011);
- The Post Carbon Reader (editor, 2010);
- Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009);

- Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007);

- The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism and Economic Collapse (2006);

- Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004);

- The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003).

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Hazel Henderson


Speaking Topics

Sustainable development | Evolutionary economics | Politics and economics

Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC, and the creator and co-executive producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives (Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995; US edition, 1996). Henderson's articles have appeared in over 250 journals. She is a board member of the International Council of the Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, Sao Paulo, Brasil; a Patron of the new economics foundation (London, UK); and a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She co-created with the Calvert Group the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators, an alternative to the Gross National Product, regularly updated at

Henderson has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara, held the Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California-Berkeley, and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980. She holds Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of San Francisco, Soka University (Tokyo), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts. An active member of the National Press Club (Washington, DC) and the World Future Society (USA), she is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics.  She shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobel Prize winner A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. An Honorary Member of the Club of Rome, she was also honored as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in 2010 and 2012 by Trust Across America.
She launched her new book, Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age in London at ICAEW in February of 2014, with documentation available online at Tomorrow's Company and Ethical Markets.
The personal library of Hazel Henderson, containing over 5,000 volumes, is located at her home in St. Augustine, FL and can be accessed online through the Schumacher Library (marked HEN).

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Elizabeth Henderson

Speaking Topics

Community Supported Agriculture | Food Justice

Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. For 20 years, from 1993 – 2013, she chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county. In 2001, the organic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic awards, in 2007, Abundance Co-op honored her with the “Cooperating for Communities” award and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013.  In 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007). She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA) in its twenty seventh year in 2015. 

Listen to Elizabeth Henderson speak at the OUR LAND Symposium, following an introduction by Severine von Tscharner Fleming.

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Jeffrey Hollender


Speaking Topics

Sustainable business leadership | Intergenerational equity | Critical issues & public policy | Ethics in the modern world

Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity.  In 1988, he co-founded Seventh Generation, building it into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.  Today, as a CEO, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey's mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Along the way, he's working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent and responsible.

Currently Hollender is the Founder and Chief Inspired Protagonist of Hollender Sustainable Brands, and an Adjunct Professor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University. Hollender was the Co-Chair of the Greenpeace US Board of Directors until 2013 and now continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of over 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy, and serves on the Board of Verité, a leading workers’ rights organization. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.

Hollender's is the author of seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win.   Hollender has also helped millions of Americans make green and ethical product choices, beginning with his bestselling title, How to Make the World a Better Place, a Beginner’s Guide, in 1990.  His most recent book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Most guides consumers through the dizzying array of decisions they make each day, helping them understand which choices matter most and which have hidden repercussions.


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Jenny Kassan


Speaking Topics

Legal aspects of social enterprise | Community financing | Inclusive and sustainable local economies

Jenny has over eighteen years of experience as an attorney for and creator of social enterprises.  She co-founded Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps social ventures raise capital in alignment with their goals and values. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.

Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School.  She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.

Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities.  She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute. 


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Andrew Kimbrell


Speaking Topics

Climate change action and policy | Grassroots agricultural and food systems reform | Environmental protection

Mr. Kimbrell became Executive Director of the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) in 1994 and also Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety in 1997. He is one of the country's leading environmental attorneys, and an author of several articles and books on environment, technology and society, and food issues. His articles on law, technology, social and psychological issues have also appeared in numerous law reviews, technology journals, popular magazines and newspapers across the country.

Prior to becoming Executive Director at ICTA, Mr. Kimbrell was senior attorney and policy director of the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation, where he organized the first Global Summit on Global Warming (1989) and the initial International Local Leaders' Summit on Global Environmental Issues (1990). He filed the first litigation requiring government agencies to prepare environmental impact statements on how their agencies' actions affected ozone layer depletion and global warming. 

While continuing his work on global warming and other international environmental issues. Mr. Kimbrell's current work emphasizes policy and grass roots work on food issues including promoting and organic and beyond food future and opposing destructive technologies and practices such as genetic engineering, factory farming, irradiation, sewage sludge and the patenting of seeds and other life forms. He also works with his organization and various coalitions on the control and regulation of biotechnology and nanotechnology. 

Mr. Kimbrell is a well known lecturer and has given dozens of talks at universities and other public forums on a variety of issues. He has been featured in numerous documentaries including the recent film "The Future of Food" and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the country. He has testified before numerous congressional and regulatory hearings. In 1994, the Utne Reader named Kimbrell as one of the world's leading 100 visionaries.

Read Andrew Kimbrell's E.F. Schumacher Lectures.


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Kimber Lanning


Speaking Topics

Entrepreneurship support | Locally owned and operated businesses | Resilient communities

Kimber Lanning is Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona’s urban areas.

Lanning has grown Local First Arizona into a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes.  With nearly 3,000 business members and four statewide offices, Lanning leads a team of 17 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy local food access, entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies.

Lanning is consistently recognized and has received numerous awards for her diverse work and extensive leadership. In 2014, Lanning was recognized as the Citizen Leader of the Year by the International Economic Development Council, a pivotal moment in recognizing the use of Localist policies as a force for economic development. Her work in promoting adaptive reuse in Phoenix’s urban core was recognized by the American Planning Association, who presented Lanning with the Distinguished Citizen Planner Award in 2013. Lanning has also been named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizona” (Arizona Business Magazine, 2011), was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and was the 2014 Leader of the Year in Public Policy (Arizona Capitol Times). 


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Anna Lappé


Speaking Topics

Hunger and food security | Food marketing to children | Food and corporate social responsibility | Hope, social change, and the food movement | Understanding organic and sustainable food and farming | Food and climate change

Anna Lappé is a bestselling author and a nationally recognized advocate for organic farming and justice along the food chain. With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, Anna founded the Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education. She is also a founding principal of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised and given away nearly $1 million to grassroots social movements addressing the roots of hunger worldwide, two of the leaders of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002. Named one of TIME magazine’s “Eco” Who’s Who, Anna’s most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. She is also the co-author of Hope’s Edge and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen.

Anna currently directs the Real Food Media Project, which produces videos, online movie contests, events, and educational resources to educate, inspire, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. A frequent public speaker, Lappe is one of the country’s leading voices for sustainable food and farming. An active board member of the Rainforest Action Network, Anna also serves as an advisor to impact investors and philanthropists interested in food and farming and as a consultant to sustainable food system projects.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Anna’s research on food and sustainability has taken her to South Korea, China, Bangladesh, India, Poland, France, Italy, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and beyond. Anna holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Brown University.

Read Anna Lappé's E. F. Schumacher Lecture.


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Frances Moore Lappé


Speaking Topics

Food, farming, and the climate crisis | Living democracy and community empowerment | Reframing the environmental crisis with an "eco-mind" | Rethinking Hope and Power | The Burgeoning ecological food-democracy movement | The roots of hunger and emerging solutions

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books, including the 1971 Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want. With her coauthor, Frances is currently working on a revised edition of World Hunger: 12 Myths. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and are used widely in university courses.

Frances is a cofounder the Oakland-based development think tank Food First; and with her daughter Anna Lappé, the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund. In 1987 Frances received the Right Livelihood Award, often called the "Alternative Nobel,” and in 2008, the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2007, Frances became a founding member of the World Future Council, based in Hamburg, Germany. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Last year she was invited by the King of Bhutan to join the International Expert Working Group for a New Development Paradigm, preparing a report on this topic for the United Nations.

Frances has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and makes frequent media appearances, including on the Today Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox News' Fox & Friends,, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 'The National', Frost Over the World, NPR, and the BBC. She’s a regular contributor to Huffington Post and a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine and Solutions Journal.

Read Frances Moore Lappé's E.F. Schumacher Lecture.


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Dan Levinson


Speaking Topics

Socially responsible business and investment | Impact investment | For-profit and non-profit local action

Since graduating Brown University in 1982 and Stanford Business School in 1988, Dan has been in the private equity business, founding Main Street Resources in 1998. These 25+ years of running private equity firms, funds and transactions have given Dan a strong economic foundation and firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions and opportunities.

Over the last five years he has evolved his firm and his personal interests into a platform for local action, impact investment and entrepreneurial philanthropy, working closely as a facilitating venture partner with many businesses, investors, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses in transition and development, including Green Village Initiative, Schumacher Center for New Economics, The Center for Non-Profit Excellence, and Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Dan believes enlightening our economic system is the key to addressing our core social, economic and environmental challenges -and that the best way to achieve this is through experimenting and modeling local/tangible impact enterprises and projects. For his efforts Dan has received the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist award and many others.

Read news coverage about Dan Levinson and social enterprise.


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Thomas Linzey

Speaking Topics

Local environmental protection and regulations| Creating sustainable communities 

Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) – a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. He is a cum laude graduate of Widener Law School and a three-time recipient of the law school’s public interest law award. He has been a finalist for the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award, and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Legislative Award. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – now taught in twenty-four states across the country which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

Linzey is the recent author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community (Gibbs-Smith 2009), has served as a co-host of Democracy Matters, a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Washington and syndicated on ten other stations, was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media’s film 11th Hour, assisted the Ecuadorian constitutional assembly in 2008 to adopt the world’s first constitution recognizing the independently enforceable rights of ecosystems, and is a frequent lecturer at conferences across the country. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation magazine, and he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries.” Linzey currently resides in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Read Thomas Linzey's E.F. Schumacher Lecture.

Contact for speaking:
Stacey Schmader
(717) 498-0054

Michelle Long

Speaking Topics

Local living economies | Community business and entrepreneurship

Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Founded in 2001, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independently owned businesses as the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real prosperity, BALLE connects visionary local leaders so they can find inspiration and support. With a growing network of 30,000 local entrepreneurs spanning 80 communities, BALLE is leveraging the collective voice of this movement to drive new investment, scale the best solutions, and harness the power of local, independently owned business to transform the communities where we work and live.

Before going to BALLE, Michelle co-founded and was executive director of Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, Washington—one of BALLE's first member business networks. Its membership, now comprised of 700 locally owned businesses, has made Bellingham into what NPR Marketplace called the “epicenter of a new economic model.” Michelle was named one of the West Coast's "top five leading ladies of sustainability" by the Sustainable Industries Journal. A regular keynote speaker, she is also the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide and the author of the new Building a Community of Businesses: A BALLE Business Network How-to Kit.


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Alice Maggio

Speaking Topics

Local currency as a tool for economic development | Local currency as a tool for democratizing the economy

Alice Maggio is a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, educating people in her own community and around the world about the potential of local currencies to serve as democratic tools for building more vibrant and resilient local economies. She has been especially engaged with the Berkshire region’s local currency, BerkShares.

Maggio began her new economy work as a BerkShares Intern in May of 2012 and grew into her subsequent role as the Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center and Executive Director of BerkShares, Inc.

As Executive Director of the Berkshire region’s own local currency, BerkShares, she developed an annual membership drive, signed up more than 100 businesses to accept BerkShares, spearheaded multiple BerkShares events, launched, wrote, and produced a monthly BerkShares Business-of-the-Month column in local media, developed an entrepreneurial training program for youth, and deepened BerkShares ties to the local banking community.

In the media, Maggio has been interviewed by Paul Solmon for a story on the PBS NewsHour, as well as stories by Al Jazeera America and In 2014 she was interviewed by Henry Rollins for an episode of his History Channel show called "Ten Things You Don't Know About Money." She represented BerkShares and the Schumacher Center at the 2nd and 4th International Conferences on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague and Barcelona, respectively, the Left Forum in New York City, and the Local Prosperity Canada conference in Nova Scotia, among others.

Maggio grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield. In 2010 she completed her B.A. in Sociology and French Studies at Wesleyan University. After college she went on to bake pies in Brooklyn, teach English in the Alps, and cook Basque food in Manhattan before coming home to work at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Children's Chorus and on the Community Advisory Board for WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Berkshire United Way and the Board of Directors for the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance. In 2017 she became a corporator for Lee Bank, a community bank in the Berkshires.

Alice Maggio is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University in Boston.


Jerry Mander


Speaking Topics

Alternatives to globalization | Local economies

Jerry Mander is the founder, former director, and presently distinguished fellow of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco “think tank” focused since 1994 on exposing the negative impacts of economic globalization, and the need for economic transitions toward sustainable local economies. He was also, until recently, program director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.  IFG has been widely credited as the principle organizer of the immense protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, 1999, closing down the Doha round.

Mander was trained as an economist in the 1950s (Columbia University), but his early career was as president of a major commercial ad agency, Freeman, Mander & Gossage, and then as founder of the country’s first nonprofit ad agency in 1971, Public Media Center, which ran advertising and publicity campaigns for Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and various indigenous and antiwar groups. These campaigns included the celebrated Sierra Club campaigns (with David Brower) that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established a Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport (SST).

Mander’s most recent book (2012) is The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. Prior books include international best-sellers Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, and In the Absence of the Sacred, both critiques of the growing negative power of technological systems.  Other books include The Case Against the Global Economy (with Edward Goldsmith), Alternatives to Economic Globalization (with John Cavanagh), Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization (with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz) and The Superferry Chronicles (with Koohan Paik.) 

Mander has been called “the patriarch of the anti-globalization movement” (New York Times, 2007).  He was cited among “The 100 Leading Visionaries of the 20th century” by Resurgence Magazine.


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Asher Miller


Speaking Topics

Growth & planetary boundaries | Energy constraints: peak oil, the fracking bubble, & climate change | Community resilience strategies

Asher became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of the former Relocalization Network program. He’s worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate Changers, an organization that inspires people to reduce their impact on the climate by focusing on simple and achievable actions anyone can take. Some of his previous roles include:

Partnership Director at Plugged In, an organization working in East Palo Alto, California that connects individuals and cultivates minds by creating the opportunity to produce, express, and contribute using technology;

  • International Production Coordinator at Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, which created the largest video archive in the world, containing more than 52,000 interviews conducted in 56 countries around the world; and
  • Youth Manager at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, which engaged more than 800 teens a year in community service and education about social and environmental issues.
  • Ghostwriter of the autobiography of a Polish Holocaust survivor who fought as a partisan in the forests of Belarus.

Asher has served as a consultant to a number of other nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of Transition United States.  Asher was born in the Netherlands, and has lived in Israel, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado, and California. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two children. Asher received his B.A. in Creative Writing from The Colorado College.


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Stacy Mitchell


Speaking Topics

Local economies | Community banking

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiatives on community banking and independent business. She has written for a variety of publications, including BusinesWeek , The Nation, Grist, Huffington Post, and Sojourners. Her book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, was named one of the top ten business books of 2007 by the American Library Association. She also produces The Hometown Advantage Bulletin, a popular monthly newsletter.

A frequent speaker at local and national conferences, Stacy has served as advisor to many community groups, independent business organizations, and policy makers seeking strategies to strengthen their local economies.  She lives in Portland, Maine.

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David Morris


Speaking Topics

Local resilience | Community development

David Morris is co-founder of the 40-year old Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and Portland (ME) based Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  He currently directs its Public Good Initiative. 

David has been a pioneer in advocating to policy makers, businesses, environmentalists and the general public that the issues of scale and ownership and equity should guide public policy at all levels.  His work focuses on how cities can exercise their authority to tackle the issues of climate change, inequality and economic development.  He envisions a future comprised of a global village and a globe of villages, a future where information is global but materials and products are as much as possible grown, processed or made regionally.

David has been a consultant to companies as large as IBM and as small as microbreweries and to city, state and national governments here and abroad.

Bill Moyers has called David Morris, “One of the most innovative thinkers in the country.”  The Utne Reader describes him as “a modern day Benjamin Franklin.”  The Illinois Times dubbed him the “piped piper of self-reliance”

David is the author of five books, including The New City States.  David’s columns have appeared in over 200 newspapers and journals including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal as well as regularly in on-line news journals such as Salon, AlterNet, Common Dreams and Huffington Post.

Read David Morris's E.F. Schumacher Lecture.


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Helena Norberg-Hodge


Speaking Topics

Sustainable futures | Agricultural reform | Measuring Wellbeing | Globalization and trade | Economic localisation | Traditional knowledge | Cultural survival

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement--work which earned her the 2012 Goi Peace Prize. Through writing and public lectures on three continents, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy on communities, local economies, and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization’, or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.

Helena’s book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. Together with the film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold about half a million copies. She is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and the co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.

The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s ‘ten most interesting environmentalists’, while in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet, she was profiled as one of ‘eight visionaries changing the world’.

Helena has lectured in seven languages and appeared in broadcast, print and online media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. She has written numerous articles and essays, and her work has been the subject of more than 300 articles worldwide. The Post Growth Institute counted Helena on the (En)Rich List, a list of 100 people "whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures."

Educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, Helena specialized in linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT. Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Helena was awarded the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to "the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide."

Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures (ISEC). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, Local Futures examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Helena is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Read Helena Norberg-Hodge's E.F. Schumacher Lecture.


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David Orr


Speaking Topics

Ecological and ethical design | Green building | Environmental literacy | Climate change

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Adviser to the President at Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including Earth in Mind and Ecological Literacy, and co-editor of three others. The recipient of seven honorary degrees and other national awards, he has served on the Boards of many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Bioneers.

Orr regards environmentalism as a matter of ethical design, involving our responsibility and relationship to the earth we've inherited and the earth we will bequeath.

His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. In 1987 Orr organized studies of energy, water, and materials use on several college campuses, helping  to launch the green campus movement. In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century.”

Orr holds a B.A. from Westminster College (1965), an M.A. from Michigan State University (1966), and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1973).

Read David Orr's E. F. Schumacher Lecture, Environmental Literacy: Education as if the Earth Mattered.


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Janelle Orsi


Speaking Topics

Co-operative ownership law | Community currencies law | Community enterprise law | Community food and urban agriculture law | The sharing economy | Grassroots economic empowerment | Worker Self Directed Nonprofits

Janelle Orsi is the Executive Director & Co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center - an organization that cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. They provide essential legal tools so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. SELC exists to bridge the gap in legal expertise needed to transition from destructive economic systems to innovative and cooperative alternatives. Their 10 programs work together in identifying key leverage points in our existing economic and legal systems, removing strategic legal barriers, and creating replicable models for community resilience.

Outside of her work with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Janelle Orsi is an attorney and mediator focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. Through the Law Office of Janelle Orsi, she works with cooperatives, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and others doing innovative work to change the world.  She attended UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. In 2010, Janelle was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, Janelle was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals "whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures." Janelle is author of the book Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.


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Kelly Ramirez


Speaking Topics

Triple bottom line business | Social Entrepreneurship

Kelly Ramirez is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and the founder of the SEEED Summit. Kelly also teaches courses on Social Enterprise at Providence College, Salve Regina University, Brown Leadership Institute and RISD. Previously, she directed the Social Enterprise Initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and was an adjunct lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulting and project management experience with organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, USAID, the State Department, and Roche.

Previously, Kelly worked as a political analyst for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, an election monitor for the OSCE, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia. Kelly received MA Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, completed executive education courses at the Ross School of Business, and received a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was named a Woman to Watch by the Providence Business News, is a 2014 BALLE Fellow, and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.


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Jeremy Rifkin


Speaking Topics

"The Third Industrial Revolution" | "The Empathic Civilization" | "The Zero Marginal Cost Society"

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world.

Rikin's latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism was published on April 1st, 2014. In 2011, Rifkin published the New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President François Hollande of France, and Premier Li Keqiang of China. Rifkin’s other recent titles include, The Empathic Civilization, The Age of Access,The End of Work, The European Dream, The Biotech Century and The Hydrogen Economy.

Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state. He is the principle architect of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. 

Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, comprised of many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, construction companies, architectural firms, IT and electronics companies, and transport and logistics companies. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution.

Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends ( in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.

Read a full biography of Jeremy Rifkin here.


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Joel Salatin


Speaking Topics

Agriculture as an affordable lifestyle | Appropriate aggricultural practices

Joel Salatin, 56, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and Foodshed.

The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet, and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore's Dilemma by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the award-winning film documentary, Food Inc.

A sought-after conference speaker, he addresses a wide range of issues, from “creating the farm your children will want” to “making a white collar salary from a pleasant life in the country.” A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as “mob-stocking hervbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.” His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.

He has authored eight books:

His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.  Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.


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Otto Scharmer


Speaking Topics

Presencing and awareness for innovation systems change

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders from business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, which links innovators from Bhutan, Brazil, Europe, and the United States in order to innovate beyond GDP. He is working with governments in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has delivered award-winning leadership and innovation programs for clients including Alibaba, Daimler, Eileen Fisher, Fujitsu, Google, Natura, and PriceWaterhouse. 

Scharmer introduced the concept of "presencing" - learning from the emerging future - in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers). His new book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with Katrin Kaufer) focuses on transforming business, society, and self (published in July 2013). 

Through MITx he currently delivers the U-Lab, a new type of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that uses presencing practices of co-sensing and co-creating emerging futures with a platform of 45,000 participants from 185 countries. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT. More information about Scharmer and his work can be found at

Watch Otto Scharmer's E.F. Schumacher Lecture

Read Otto Scharmer's HuffingtonPost Blog


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Juliet Schor

Speaking Topics

New economics | Plentitude | Climate Change | Sustainable lifestyles 

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and was formerly on the faculty of Harvard University's Department of Economics. She is the author of the best-selling books Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010); Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004); The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992); The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1999); and Do Americans Shop Too Much? (2000).

A Guggenheim Fellowship  and Herman Daly award recipient, Schor is currently working on new economics, climate and sustainability, consumer culture and the rise of a sharing economy. She is co-founder and former co-chair of the board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization, and on the board of the Better Future Project, which is devoted to decarbonization of the economy. Schor speaks frequently to a wide variety of groups nationally and internationally. 

Read Juliet Schor's E.F. Schumacher talk.


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Don Shaffer


Speaking Topics

Social entrepreunership | Financing social enterprises

Don Shaffer serves as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance. As leaders in social finance, Don and the team at RSF are focused on transforming the way the world works with money. In a world where our financial system can be described as complex, opaque, and anonymous, based on short-term outcomes, RSF is constantly asking the question, “How can we model financial transactions that are direct, transparent, and personal, based on long-term relationships?” RSF addresses this question with its innovative investing, lending, and giving services which support leading social enterprises working in Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.

Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans, with a 100% repayment rate to investors, and facilitated over $100 million in grants. RSF’s total assets have grown more than 35% in the past three years, to over $150 million. RSF has also incubated, sponsored, and influenced many of the most innovative social entrepreneurs in the field, including New Resource Bank, Imprint Capital, Social Venture Network and Investors Circle.

Don has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing an education-related business, a software company, a sporting goods manufacturer, and a non-profit, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. He grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from a long line of Quaker farmers and small business owners in and around Philadelphia. Today, Don lives in northern California with his wife Jennifer and their two children Sabine and Samuel. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in American History.


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Michael Shuman

Speaking Topics

How localization serves economic development | Why local businesses are becoming more competitive | How to undertake local economic development | Finance localization | Food localization | Energy localization

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books, most recently—just published by Chelsea Green—The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.  An earlier book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.

Shuman is Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets in New York City. He's also a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, and was a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is also an adjunct instructor in community economic development for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. A prolific speaker, over the past 30 years Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries.

Read a review by John McClaughry of Shuman's latest book The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.

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Cathrine Sneed


Speaking Topics

Reforming offenders through gardening

In 1982, after a life threatening illness, Cathrine Sneed founded the Horticulture Program at the San Francisco County Jail - a program widely recognized as a pioneer in horticulture based prisoner rehabilitation. Taking her inspiration from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Cathrine sought to give the prisoners hope in their own ability for personal growth by giving them a sense of purpose and connectedness. Prisoners grew organic vegetables and donated those vegetables to soup kitchens. In 1992, Cathrine saw the need for a post-release program.

The Garden Project began in 1992 with a mission to offer structure and support to former offenders through job training in gardening, counseling, and assistance in continuing education. The program sought to affect the high rates of recidivism by offering participants job skills and resources. Further, through their work in the community, the Project would impact the urban environment and contribute to the health of the community through farming, nutrition, and greening projects.

Today, The Garden Project continues this mission through its environmentally based job and life skills training program for at-risk adults, college, and high school students. Cathrine and her work have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist and The Chicago Tribune, California Watch, and the PBS Newshour newsite, among other publications. Cathrine has spoken across the country and has been honored with commendations from lawmakers, and such awards as the National Caring Award, the Hero for the Earth, and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award. 

Read Cathrine Sneed's E.F. Schumacher Lecture.


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Photograph by Nolan Calisch.

Matt Stinchcomb


Speaking Topics

Better Business for a better world

Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director at - a nonprofit organization building entrepreneurial education programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. This is an extention of's mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. 

Prior to founding, Matt was the longest-serving Etsy employee with titles that include VP of Community; VP of Communications; VP of Marketing; European Director; VP of Values & Impact; and the CEO of Etsy Ireland. From the earliest days of Etsy, Matt's focus has been to give 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.

Prior to his time at Etsy, he was an indie rock musician and a screenprinter. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Benedikta and young sons, Francis and Lewellyn.

Read Matt's E. F. Schumacher Lecture.


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Woody Tasch

Speaking Topics

Responsible investing | Food security, safety, and access

Woody Tasch is the dynamic and visionary founder and chairman of Slow Money, a nonprofit headquartered in Boulder, Colo., with an alliance of national and international chapters. Slow Money took root in 2009 with Tasch’s ground- breaking book “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.” As Tasch traveled the country on a book tour, audience members stepped forward one by one, inspired to create within their local communities the change he spoke about.

Tasch is widely regarded as a pioneer of the concepts of patient capital, mission- related investing and community development venture capital. For 10 years before founding Slow Money, he was the chairman of Investors’ Circle, an angel investor network that since 1992 has invested $172 million in sustain- ability-promoting startups. Tasch was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation during the ’90s, where as part of an innovative mission-related venture capital investing program a substantial investment was made in Stony- field Farm, now the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt.

Tasch is now working on the sequel to his first book, revisiting the fundamental principles of Slow Money, based on the experience of the last four years since launching the organization and movement. Today, trend spotters cite Slow Money as a solution to manage the interrelated issues of economic crisis, sus- tainability, food sourcing and cultural renewal. Slow Money investors around the country have moved $35 million into 300 small food businesses to date, including farms, creameries, grain mills, niche organic brands, local process- ing, distribution and seed companies, and restaurants.


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Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Speaking Topics

Sustainable agriculture | Land access and land use

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an organic farmer, young farmers advocate, publisher and organizer based in Downeast Maine.

Since 2008 Severine has served as director of the grassroots young farmers cultural organization Greenhorns which produces a literary journal for working agrarians called the New Farmers Almanac.Greenhorns produce many kinds of publications, media, events and exhibits including a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a series of web-documentaries called, and a film festival called UP UP Farm! Greenhorns will soon open their 8,000 volume library for agrarian scholars.

Since 2013 Severine has served as a founding board president of Agrarian Trust— an innovative national land-access advocacy organization working in the framework of the commons to raise the issue of land succession, support incoming and outgoing agrarians as well as other decisions makers on the land, and to build a national cooperatively owned farmland commons. Agrarian Trust hosts a series of national Symposia called OUR LAND. 

She serves on the board of Schumacher Center for New Economics, the Advisory board of Savanna Institute, and as founding board secretary for Farm Hack (an open-source online and in-person community platform for farm-tools, software and hardware for sustainable farms) and it's sister organization National Young Farmers Coalition. She attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology.

Severine travels and speaks nationally and internationally on land access, food sovereignty, and the needs and vision of the incoming generation of farmers and ranchers. She is currently at work on a book about Land Reform.


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Jay Walljasper

Speaking Topics

Community and urban issues | The commons | Sustainability | Cultural commentary | The future of our communities

A popular speaker, award-winning writer and community consultant, Jay Walljasper gathers stories and practices from around the world that point us toward a better and more enjoyable future. Walljasper is the author of All That We Share A Field Guide to the Commons (2011), The Great Neighborhood Book(2007) and Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life (2001).  He is editor of Commons Magazine (, a Senior Fellow at Project for Public Space and a Fellow of the Sabo Center for Citizenship & Learning at Augsburg College.  

His experience includes being editorial director and editor of Utne Reader,executive editor of Netherlands-based Ode magazine, and a travel editor at Better Homes & Gardens. Utne Reader was nominated for the National Magazine Award for general excellence three times during his years as editor. His article about the revitalization of Romanian villages was picked as the Idea of the Day in the New York Times Online. He's written three cover stories on sustainable tourism for National Geographic Traveler. Savannah State University awarded Jay the Robert S. Abbot Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications.

He's reported about fresh ideas for a better world from places as diverse as Copenhagen, the Amazon, Vancouver, Detroit, Jamaica, Slovenia, the suburbs of Seattle and Mason City, Iowa. He has been quoted on current issues in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and NPR.

His articles have also been published in Yes! Magazine, the Huffington Post, The New Statesman, Resurgence, Shambala Sun, San Francisco Chonicle, Planning, The Nation, Planetizen,  Common Dreams, Toronto Star, Australian Financial Review, Mother Jones, Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, Shareable magazine, Citiwire, Rock & Rap Confidential, and other publications.

Jay has been a speaker at the UNESCO International Conference on Creative Tourism; the Chicago Architectural Foundation; the Great Places Conference sponsored by the state of Iowa; The Tom McCall Society Lecture in Portland; the What's the Economy For conference in Washington, D.C.; the Meredith Lecture on Communications at Drake University; the Smart Growth Summit in the Louisville area; the Trinity Cathedral Lecture Series in Cleveland; the Mayor's Symposium on Sustainability in Winnipeg; the Great Lakes Bioneers conference in Michigan.


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Greg Watson


Speaking Topics

Sustainable agriculture | Local economic development | Renewable energy | New economy systems | New economy policy

Greg Waton is the Schumacher Center's Director of Policy and Systems Design. In this position, he will introduce new programs while linking together the various educational and applied community economics programs of the Center. He will be a public voice for sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, new monetary systems, equitable land tenure arrangements, neighborhood planning through democratic processes, government policies that support human-scale development, cooperative structure, import replacement through citizen financing of new enterprises, and more. He will draw on his nearly 40 years of work in the new economics field and his understanding of systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller, whom he names as a mentor.

One of his first initiatives will be to follow up on the connections he made in October 2014 on a Schumacher Center trip to Cuba to explore urban farming, sustainable agricultural, renewable energy, disaster preparedness, and social entrepreneurship.  Given President Obama's easing of relations with that country, there is now more opportunity to offer alternative approaches to economic transition.

He served as the 19th Commissioner of Agriculture with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick and also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. His major accomplishments as Commissioner during his first tenure included the promulgation of innovative groundwater protection regulations designed to prevent contamination of aquifer recharge areas; an outreach program for farmers to adopt integrated pest management techniques; efforts to make Massachusetts the first state to establish a dairy pricing system; and clarification of acceptable agriculture practices under the Wetlands Protection Act. During his current term of service he has worked to launch a statewide urban-agriculture grants program. He also chaired the state’s Public Market Commission, which oversees the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market, slated to open this summer. 

Prior to serving as Commissioner with the Patrick Administration, Watson was appointed Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs and served concurrently as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation. As executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, he made urban agriculture a major focus of the community's revitalization plan, which featured community gardens, a farmers' market, and a 10,000 square foot community greenhouse.

In 2006 The Boston Globe Magazine, cited him as one of 11 "Bostonians Changing the World."

Greg Watson served on President-elect Obama’s transition team for the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, on loan from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center—the agency that administers the Commonwealth's Renewable Energy Trust— he was engaged as Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed a stakeholder process for assessing the nation’s first proposed offshore wind project.

He spent four years in the 1990s at the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, first as Education Director and later as Executive Director. The Institute was an applied research center that practiced organic agriculture as well as aquaculture and did pioneering work in bio-shelter design. While there, Watson gained hands-on experience in ecological design and environmental advocacy and organizing.  He also became a founding member of Cape & Islands Self Reliance – a nonprofit that continues to educate residents about energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Greg Watson currently resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts and serves on the boards of Ocean Arks International, Bioneers, and Remineralize The Earth. He served on the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics from 2013 until his staff appointment in 2015.


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Judy Wicks

Speaking Topics

Local living economies (green, fair and fun) | Building sustainable local food systems | Making economic decisions with a balance of head and heart | Re-imagining growth in a finite world | Building a compassionate and caring economy

Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded Fair Food Philly in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, and founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, currently with over 400 members.
In 2009 Judy sold the White Dog with a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting, and using renewable energy. She is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement. She continues to serve on the board of directors of BALLE. Her memoir, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer," was published in 2013. For more information about Judy, read Profits of Place, an article from Orion Magazine exploring her work.


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Susan Witt

Speaking Topics

Sharing the commons | Transforming money | Land reform | Local economies

Susan Witt is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, which she co-founded with Robert Swann in 1980. She has led the development of the Schumacher Center's highly regarded publications, library, seminars, and other educational programs, which established the Center as a pioneering voice for a new economy shaped by social and ecological principles. Deeply engaged with the history and theory of a new economy and its implications for the transformation of our relationship to land, labor, and capital, she has simultaneously worked to turn theory into practice in her home region of the Berkshires.

In 1980 she incorporated the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires and has been responsible for many of the innovative financing and contracting methods it uses to create more affordable access to land. The Community Land Trust holds both agricultural and residential land in permanent affordable trust for the Berkshire region.

From 1981 to 1982 she created and administered the SHARE micro-credit program, precursor of BerkShares, and in 1985 worked with Robyn Van En to form the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in this country at Indian Line Farm. In 2006 she co-founded the BerkShares local currency program, which has won international media attention as a model for other regions. 

Her talks and essays draw on stories from her practical experience. Her essays appear in Rooted in the Land, edited by William Vitek and Wes Jackson (Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1996); People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures, edited by Hildegarde Hannum (Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1997); A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology, edited by Chris Anderson and Lex Runciman (Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, CA, 2000); Environmental Activists, edited by John Mongillo (Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT 2001); The Money Changers: Currency Reform from Aristotle to E-cash, edited by David Boyle (Earthscan Publications, London, UK, 2002); The Essential Agrarian Reader, edited by Norman Wirzberg (University Press of Kentucky, 2003); and What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, edited by Stephen Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth (New Village Press, 2010).

Susan Witt speaks regularly on the topic of citizen responsibility for shaping local economies. Her work has been described in various radio, TV, book, magazine, newspaper, and online interviews. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. She trained in Waldorf Education at Emerson College in England.

Archive of Susan Witt's articles and essays.


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Caroline Woolard


Speaking Topics

Exploring the commons through art | Community land trusts | Solidarity art economies in New York City | Barter networks | Informal learning networks | Conceptual art | Non-profit start-up companies | Collaboration vs. participation

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Making sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and plausible futures. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects to support short-term artworks: a studio space, a barter network, and Trade School. From 2008-2013, Woolard was also supported by unemployment benefits, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and funding from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund.

Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School, and a member of Trade School and the Pedagogy Group. Woolard’s research includes: the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the relationship between art and property in New York City, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed in June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. By 2018, Woolard hopes to establish a community land trust in New York City with community organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to lifelong commoning

Watch Caroline's E. F. Schumacher Lecture.


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