29th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

Bill McKibben, Benjamin Barber and Alisa Gravitz

In this fragile economy discussion of a new, re-envisioned, economics is a common topic, bridging political affiliations. At the 29th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, speakers Bill McKibben, Benjamin Barber and Alisa Gravitz discussed how people can join in practical action that addresses a system in crisis, driving an activism in which every citizen is a participant.


Time Activity
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Talk by Bill McKibben
11:15 Audience response and questions
11:45 Lunch – Pre-order brown bag lunch or bring your own
1:00 Talk by Benjamin Barber
2:00 Audience response and questions
2:30 Coffee Break
2:45 Talk by Alisa Gravitz
3:45 Audience response and questions
4:30 Closing remarks by speakers



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Event Speakers

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and author who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel, in 2014, he is the founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate-change movement, and is a fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute. As a … Continued

Benjamin R. Barber

Benjamin R. Barber (1939-2017) was an internationally renowned political scientist and activist. He combined a career as a distinguished scholar and political theorist with a life of practical commitment to democratic civic practices and the arts. He was the first Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fordham School of Law’s Urban Consortium, President and Founder of the Global Parliament of … Continued

Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources.  She is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization for nearly 30 years.  Green America (formerly Co-op America) develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental … Continued