33rd Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

America Emerging: Culture and Economics

A perceptible alchemy linked speaker to speaker, speakers to participants, and participants to each other at the 33rd Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures.

Inspired and visionary, while also rooted in the practical, Otto Scharmer and Van Jones led a discussion on the urgency and potential ways of transforming the American economy. They outlined the emergence of new economic structures that embed social diversity, shared equity, and care for our fragile ecosystems and described the collective consciousness leading that emergence.

An awareness of the rapidly changing economic conditions gave urgency and edge to the discussion.

Scharmer and Jones spoke on Saturday, November 9th, in the Ballroom of the Essex House, Central Park South in New York City. The lecture program began at 10:00 am and concluded by 3:00 pm.

The below live-drawn illustrations of the 33rd Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures were created by David Hasbury.


A visual representation of Van Jones’ Lecture, drawn live by David Hasbury



Scharmer Panorama
A visual representation of Otto Scharmer’s lecture, drawn live by David Hasbury



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Event Speakers

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He is co-author … Continued

Van Jones

Van Jones is a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage. The founder of Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Color of Change, he is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab. A Yale-educated attorney, he is the author of … Continued


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