40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

Land as a Commons: Building the New Economy



On Sunday, October 25, 2020 George Monbiot delivered the 40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture.   He addressed the topic “Land as a Commons: Building the New Economy” with a lecture titled Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the Key to the Transformation of Society. The virtual event was moderated by Jodie Evans and Greg Watson joined George Monbiot for a conversation following the lecture.

The topic was land access, the problems generated by a concentration of ownership, and ways of creating a more fair and equitable system. The Schumacher Center’s own response to the inequities in land access is to call for a voluntary gifting of land into regional community land trusts where its use can be allocated through lease agreements in a socially determined manner outside of market forces.

Our thanks to the Christopher Reynolds Foundation and the multiple Friends of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics who sponsored this free event.

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Event Speakers

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life and Heat: how to stop the planet burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan; and has … Continued

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans is co-founder and board member of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for fifty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She works locally to have governments, universities, churches and pension funds divest from war and to … Continued

Greg Watson

Greg Watson is Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. His work currently focuses on community food systems and the dynamics between local and geo-economic systems. Watson has spent nearly 40 years learning to understand systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller and to apply that understanding to … Continued


Christopher Reynolds Foundation