Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge in Conversation

Heinberg and Norberg-Hodge are experts on climate change, localization, and sustainability. Their past lectures have been almost prophetic in their accuracy, and their ideas are more relevant now than ever.

In celebration of 40 years of the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, and in anticipation of the October 25, 2020 Lectures with Kali Akuno and George Monbiot, we are highlighting the work of past speakers, asking for updates of their earlier remarks, and inviting them to reflect on current conditions.

On July 16 at 2pm EST, a pre-recorded conversation between Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge, moderated by Matt Stinchcomb, will be premiered on YouTube. In their video, they reflect on their original talks given current political, economic, and social realities and comment on each other’s work. Registration is free. We will provide registrants with a direct link to the video immediately before it is published to YouTube.

Called “practical and inspiring” by one webinar attendee, the July 9th Schumacher Conversation with Judy Wicks, Michael Shuman, and Merrian Goggio Borgeson is now available for viewing here.

About our July 16th speakers:

Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.

An author, educator, editor, and lecturer, he has spoken widely on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local city officials to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television, and radio and has appeared in many film and television documentaries. Heinberg’s Museletter has provided a monthly exploration of current events and the world of  ideas. Its essays present an inter-disciplinary study of history and culture.

He was a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education in 2006 and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative. In 2013 he was the recipient of the annual Environmental Leadership Award from Ecology Law Quarterly.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, Local Futures examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Its mission is to protect and renew well-being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization toward localization.

The Earth Journal counted Norberg-Hodge among the world’s ten most interesting environmentalists, and in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet she was profiled as one of eight visionaries changing the world. The Post Growth Institute counted her on the (En)Rich List of 100 people “whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.”

Norberg-Hodge is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization, and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Past lectures by our speakers include:

Upcoming Schumacher Conversations:

July 22 – Gar Alperovitz and John McKnight
August 13 – Wes Jackson and David Orr
July 30 – Mary Berry and Bill McKibben
August 20 – Nwamaka Agbo and Stacy Mitchell
August 6 – Greg Watson and John Todd
September 10 – Neva Goodwin and Stewart Wallis

more events forthcoming

Previous Schumacher lectures and speaker biographies can be found here:

Please join us Thursdays at 2PM Eastern through October for the Schumacher Conversations.

Wishing all good health,
Staff of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics