26th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

Richard Heinberg, Stacy Mitchell and Will Raap

Stacy Mitchell, Will Raap, and Richard Heinberg spoke at the 26th Annual E. F. Schumacher Society Lecture Series on October 28, 2006, at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge, MA.

Stacy Mitchell has enabled numerous communities to determine the future of their economic development.  Through her work with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and her writings she has illuminated the importance of a thriving local economy for community sustainability. Read more here.

Will Raap has chosen to run the Gardener’s Supply Company by the principles found in the natural world, recycling the majority of the company’s assets back to the employees.  He also hopes to promote an economic development strategy to help businesses serve local economies through a triple bottom line return on investment: environmental improvement, community development, and financial success. Read more here.

Richard Heinberg seeks to reveal the growing dangers of fossil fuel dependence and proposes options for a world beyond that dependence. Through his writings and teaching  he has demonstrated that humans can thrive in a “post-carbon world” by relying on the productive energies of communities. Read more here.


Time Activity
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Talk by Stacy Mitchell
11:15 Audience response and questions
11:45 Lunch – Pre-order brown bag lunch or bring your own
1:00 Talk by Will Rapp
2:00 Audience response and questions
2:30 Break
2:45 Talk by Richard Heinberg
3:45 Audience response and questions
4:30 Closing remarks by the speakers



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Event Speakers

Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a broad range of allies to design and implement policies to reverse corporate concentration and strengthen local enterprise. Mitchell’s reports and articles about the dangers of concentrated economic power have influenced … Continued

Will Raap

Will Raap serves as chairman of Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington, Vermont, which he founded in 1983. Under his leadership, the 300-person, employee-owned firm, now among the world’s largest online and catalog gardening retailers, has won national and regional awards for its products and services, as well as for its socially responsible business practices. Gardener’s Supply is the … Continued

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. An author, educator, editor, and lecturer, he has spoken widely on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from … Continued