Today is the 107th anniversary of Ernst Friedrich Schumacher’s birth. We are celebrating with the launch of a newly designed website, packed with the fruits of 38 years of programming. You will find all of our past content grouped into three sections reflecting our mission: to envision the elements of a just and sustainable global economy; to apply these elements locally, and then to share the results broadly. Here’s what you will find:
- The collection of lectures and publications represent notable historic and contemporary voices for a fair, green, resilient, and viable economics. They are available for free online in text, video, and audio format or for purchase in print or as ebooks;
- The easy to use catalog of the books and papers in our research library includes the archival collections of E. F. Schumacher and other revolutionary economists;
- Legacy material – we stand on the shoulders of others:
E. F. Schumacher – best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized, and appropriate technologies.
Robert Swann – co-founder of the community land trust movement and of the Schumacher Center.
MANAS – a journal of independent inquiry published from 1948 to 1988 by Henry Geiger.
Lindisfarne tapes – a collection of conversations about culture, society, technology, and economy convened by William Irwin Thompson in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Turning theory into practice—detailed legal documents, stories, and background material from our home region of the Berkshires. These citizen-powered tools serve as models for building regional economies accountable to people, land, and community:
- Community land trusts – moving land from private ownership into regional community trusts while creating affordable access through long term leases and securing equity in buildings and other improvements for leaseholders;
- Local Currencies – democratizing, regionalizing, and stabilizing currency issue to enable communities to shape their own future economies;
- SHARE micro-credit program – pooling savings accounts at a community bank to collateralize loans for those without traditional credit in order to start new import-replacement businesses.
- Reinventing the Commons – a collection of David Bollier’s brilliant essays highlighting application of common principles in social, cultural, ecological, and economic settings;
- Civic Synergy – Reflections by the incomparable Greg Watson on applying Buckminster Fuller’s insights to some of our most pressing issues;
- Community Supported Industry – how as citizens can we co-imagine, co-risk, co-market, co-create, and co-own the new import-replacing business that will build thriving local economies.
- Archive of newsletters over the past 38 years – stories inspired by Jane Jacobs and by others we most admire, working examples from the field, and new economy responses to current events;
- Events – see details of past events and sign up to attend new ones. Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm and Ed Whitfield, co-founder of the Fund for Democratic Communities, will present the 38th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 27th, in Great Barrington, MA, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, Great Barrington’s native son. Tickets available here.
And much more. Enjoy the discovery of old favorites and new gems!
Our thanks to our colleague Amelia Holmes who worked tirelessly with Radish Lab and MRW Connected to develop and build out the site. It is constructed for ease of reading on a phone or tablet as well as a computer. The new logo and color design are by Andrew Plotsky of Farmrun who describes his thinking about the project here. Our thanks also to the friends of the Schumacher Center whose donations enabled us to undertake the redesign.
“And what is my case? Simply that our most important task is to get off our present collision course. And who is there to tackle such a task? I think every one of us, whether old or young, powerful or powerless, rich or poor, influential or un-influential.”– E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (1973)