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Economic Transition Moment

Our economy is in transition. A new economic system must respond to the realities of climate change, collapsing financial markets, disparities in wealth, and industries too big to manage sustainably.

Inspired by the writings of Fritz Schumacher, Jane Jacobs, Martin Buber, the Gandhian economist J.C. Kumarappa, and other decentralist economic thinkers, the Schumacher Center has worked for three decades to develop the theory and application of place-based economic institutions that link people, land, and community.

These small examples of positive citizen action are now helping to inform a vibrant national and international dialogue about creating solutions to our common economic problems. The BerkShares local currency program alone is drawing over 43,000 hits per day to the Schumacher Center’s information rich website.

Several conferences over the next few months are addressing the economy in transition including the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on October 17th in Stockbridge, Massachusetts with Bill McKibben, Benjamin Barber, and Alisa Gravitz and the Economics of Peace conference in October in Sonoma, California. You will find links on the events page of the Schumacher Center’s website.

A big thanks to our members who have supported the Schumacher Center in the past. Your donations are most welcome to enable staff to respond to the opportunities of this transition moment with economic models carefully framed and shaped on the ground. Donations may be made online or by mail to 140 Jug End Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.