27th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

Charles Turner, Majora Carter and Michael Shuman

Majora Carter, Charles Turner, and Michael Shuman spoke at the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 27, 2007 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Charles Turner is a powerful advocate for a racially, socially, and economically just society. He believes that no one should suffer an unfair burden, be confronted with a limited number of options, or be shut out of
the decisions that most directly affect his or her own life.

Majora Carter has shaped new green spaces where residents can again take pride in their community, giving community members a place to congregate, exercise, and engage with their neighbors. She is a powerful voice for an environmentalism that includes social and economic concerns.

Michael Shuman believes that making the move from global to local business means dispelling the misconception of “bigger is better.” Local production for local consumption decreases the need for advertising, transportation, and the middlemen involved in bringing global goods to market.


Time Activity
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Talk by Majora Carter
11:15 Audience response and questions
11:45 Lunch – Pre-order brown bag lunch or bring your own
1:00 Talk by Charles Turner
2:00 Audience response and questions
2:30 Break
2:45 Talk by Michael Shuman
3:45 Audience response and questions
4:30 Closing remarks by the speakers


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Event Speakers

Charles Turner

Charles (Chuck) Turner was a community organizer and civil rights activist in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1963 with a B.A. in government. After a year spent in Washington, D.C. reporting for The Washington Afro-American Newspaper, he moved to Hartford where he joined the influential civil rights group, the Northern Student Movement. … Continued

Majora Carter

Majora Carter is the President of the Majora Carter Group LLC, which offers consulting services in environmental assessment, compliance, and planning. Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems. In 2001 she founded Sustainable South Bronx to achieve environmental justice through economically … Continued

Michael H. Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics.  He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City.  He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performed economic-development … Continued