David Bollier

David Bollier is the Schumacher Center's Reinventing the Commons Program Director. He is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He pursues this work primarily as co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an advocacy/consulting project that assists the international commons movement.  Bollier’s work on the commons especially focuses on Internet culture; law and policy; ecological governance; and inter-commoning. 

Bollier has written or edited eight books on the commons, including Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons (2014); Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons (2013), co-authored with Burns Weston; and Viral Spiral:  How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (2010). With Silke Helfrich, he co-edited two anthologies of original essays, Patterns of Commoning (2015) and The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State (2012). 

Bollier spent many years in various policy advocacy jobs in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s and 1980s – with a Member of Congress, the auto safety regulatory agency, and public-interest organizations.  From 1985 to 2010, Bollier collaborated with television producer, writer and activist Norman Lear on a wide variety of non-television public affairs and political projects.  In 2001 Bollier co-founded Public Knowledge, a Washington advocacy organization for the public’s stake in the Internet, telecom and copyright policy.  Bollier blogs at Bollier.org; lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Amelia Holmes

Amelia Holmes is the Librarian at the Schumacher Center. Under Amelia’s care the physical collections and the online Library cataloging system have been reorganized, making the content more easily accessible to students, researchers, educators, and activists. She is expanding the educational outreach programs of the Library to draw new attention to the resources there.

Thinking about the future, Amelia is leading the campaign to renovate the 1,600 square foot ground floor level of the Library building, providing additional archival-grade bookshelves and storage area for the collections of papers from Fritz Schumacher and others.

Amelia also stewards the Schumacher Center’s social media accounts, highlighting the lectures and publications as well as content from partner new economy speakers and organizations. She assists editor Hildegarde Hannum with the transcribing and printing of past lectures into pamphlets and has made them available to read online and in eBook form on Kobo in Kindle.

Amelia graduated from Bennington College in 2011 with a BA in Environmental Science and Ceramics. While at Bennington she interned as an archivist at several organizations including the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she worked with the librarians at the Thomas J. Watson Library to organize and catalog books and periodicals in the Objects Conservation departmental library.

Amelia is a voracious reader and young agrarian. She spends free time volunteering at nearby Indian Line Farm.

She can be contacted at library@centerforneweconomics.org with questions about the Library, its collections, and the renovation funding Campaign.

Alice Maggio

Alice Maggio is the Schumacher Center’s Director of Programs.

 

Since 2012, she focused most of her work on 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.  

Alice has become a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies.  She was interviewed by Paul Solmon for a story on the PBS NewsHour entitled “What’s Minted in Berkshire County Stays There: Finding Reward in Local Currency,” as well as stories by Al Jazeera America and Truthatlas.com. 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." In 2013 she presented a panel entitled “Community Supported Industry” at the Left Forum and at the New Economy Coalition’s ReRoute conference.  She represented BerkShares on a panel at the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in 2013.

Alice is especially engaged with the Berkshire region’s own local currency, BerkShares. Since starting work for the Schumacher Center as the BerkShares Intern in May of 2012, she has developed an annual membership drive for BerkShares, Inc., organized three Annual Meetings, signed up more than 75 businesses to accept BerkShares, and spearheaded multiple BerkShares promotions and events.  

Alice 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 served on the Board of Directors for the Berkshire United Way since June of 2015 and in May of 2016 joined the Board of Directors for the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance.

 

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Rachel Moriarty

Rachel Moriarty is the Schumacher Center's Director of Operations.  A Berkshire County native, her knowledge of the area and personal experience with BerkShares is allowing her to work to increase circulation locally and engage the community about the opportunities for economic resiliency in Berkshire County. Rachel also works on the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network program with its director, Greg Watson.  

Rachel graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014 with a B.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, with a concentration in community organizing and food policy. Prior to her work at the Schumacher Center, she worked with local non-profit organizations Greenagers and Berkshire Grown. She returned to the Berkshires after graduating, inspired to organize around community development, and connected with the Schumacher Center's Community Supported Industry model and its enthusiastic support for young entrepreneurs in the Berkshires.  Rachel hopes to continue advocating for sustainable agriculture, food security, community resiliency, and social justice through the non-profit and government sectors.

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Greg Watson

Greg Watson leads the Schumacher Center’s Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network which is working to link small farmers and sustainable farm organizations in both countries to share information and provide mutual support.

As the Schumacher Center’s Director of Policy and Systems Design, Greg Watson will introduce new programs while linking together the various educational and applied community economics programs of the Center. 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.

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. He also chaired the state’s Public Market Commission, which oversaw the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market. 


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. He served on the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics from 2013 until his staff appointment in 2015.

Watch his lecture 'Shaping a New Agriculture'.
Read his interview in Berkshire Trade and Commerce.

Susan Witt

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.