Our mission is to envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication.


Programs

eNewsletters

Spontaneous Convergence

On September 29th, David Bollier—the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program Director—delivered a talk at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival in Salina, Kansas, titled “The Insurgent Power of the Commons in the War Against the Imagination.” Following are excerpts from this talk. The whole talk may be read on our website or viewed on Youtube. We … Continued

The Time is Right for a New Emancipation Proclamation

W. E. B. Du Bois—civil rights activist, scholar, and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—drafted a letter in February of 1961 petitioning the newly appointed President John F. Kennedy to change the policies of state and federal governments in order to end the barriers to equality for black citizens. … Continued

It Takes an Island

It takes an island, or a borough, or a County, or a shire to gather and hold land for community benefit. In an economy that is both just and sustainable, land would not be treated as a commodity that is bought and sold on the market to the … Continued

"This is where you come in. You are a community. Community is not just a place you go to when you leave here or even a group of people; it is an activity. It is the responsibility you exercise, that you live up to—and you, everybody in this room, you know what kind of responsibility you can exercise."

-Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx: A Model for Environmental Justice