What does a new economy built on principles of fairness and sustainability look like?  How do we model it; where is it emerging; how do we collectively strategize to fully implement it?  These are the pressing questions of our time.

The Schumacher Center’s speakers are pioneers in the development of a new economy. Together they are responsible for the creation of multiple organizations, initiatives, and publications that are addressing these questions. Their voices are powerful; they are leading a revolution for change. View speaking topics.

To broaden the influence of these voices, the Schumacher Center’s staff has assembled a compendium of new economy speakers.  In this compendium, you will find biographical material, areas of interest, and contact information for each speaker. When extending an invitation, please provide details concerning the nature of the program, dates, venue, sponsors, and honorarium offered.

John Abrams

Gar Alperovitz

Peter Barnes

Robert HawkStorm Bergin

Mary Berry

David Bollier

Merrian Goggio Borgeson

David Boyle

Niaz Dorry

Steve Dubb

Anthony Flaccavento

Deborah Frieze

John Fullerton

Chellis Glendinning

Eric Harris-Braun

Richard Heinberg

Hazel Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson

Jeffrey Hollender

Wes Jackson

Jenny Kassan

Andrew Kimbrell

Kimber Lanning

Anna Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé

Dan Levinson

Thomas Linzey

Michelle Long

Alice Maggio

Jerry Mander

Asher Miller

Stacy Mitchell

David Morris

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Richard B. Norgaard

David W. Orr

Janelle Orsi

Kelly Ramirez

Jeremy Rifkin 

Joel Salatin

Otto Scharmer 

Juliet B. Schor

Don Shaffer

Michael H. Shuman

Cathrine Sneed

Matt Stinchcomb

Woody Tasch

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Jay Walljasper

Greg Watson

Judy Wicks

Susan Witt

Caroline Woolard

 

John Abrams

John Abrams is the co-founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, an employee owned enterprise committed to triple bottom line business practice. In 1987 South Mountain re-structured as a worker cooperative, and today 21 of its 33 employees are full owners. In 2005 Business Ethics Magazine awarded South Mountain its National Award for Workplace Democracy. South Mountain’s … Continued

Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz is the former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. Historian, political economist, activist, writer, and former government official, he is the author of numerous books, among them What Then Must We Do? (2013); Unjust Deserts, with Lew Daly (2008); America Beyond Capitalism (2005); Making a Place for Community, with David Imbroscio … Continued

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a … Continued

Robert HawkStorm Bergin

Sachem HawkStorm is the chief of the Schaghticoke First Nations and a direct descendant of the great Wampanoag Chief Wasanegin Massasoit. Schaghticoke First Nations is one of three nations of the Schaghticoke Tribe, with 370 members, and also a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The word “Schaghticoke” means “the Mingling of Waters,” and signifies the merging of what … Continued

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. A well-known advocate for the preservation of rural culture and agriculture, she is currently working to reconnect cities with landscapes around them. Founded in 2011, The Berry Center advocates for small farmers, land conservation, and healthy … Continued

David Bollier

Reinventing the Commons Program Director

David Bollier is the Schumacher Center’s Reinventing the Commons Program Director. He is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He pursues this work primarily as co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, an advocacy/consulting project that assists the international commons … Continued

Merrian Goggio Borgeson

Merrian Goggio Borgeson is the co-founder and principal of Tule Partners, a strategic advisory and analysis firm with expertise in clean energy finance, creative community capital solutions, and sustainable economic development. Merrian also works as an affiliated researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focused on the financing and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. … Continued

David Boyle

David Boyle is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, where he has worked in various capacities since 1987—writing and editing, developing new projects, launching the time-bank movement in the UK, making recommendations on the future of money, advising on volunteering policy, and most recently participating in research on localism and the future of public services. … Continued

Niaz Dorry

Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). For the past 20 years, she has been working on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of the small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity. Dorry moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts— the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S.—in 1994 … Continued

Steve Dubb

Steve Dubb is a senior editor at Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) and covers a wide range of issues based on working on various aspects of community economic development. Dubb has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades, including twelve years at The Democracy Collaborative and three years as executive director of NASCO (North American … Continued

Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer and small business owner near Abingdon, Virginia.  He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region and around the nation for the past 30 years.  In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development, launching … Continued

Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she co-founded the Boston Impact Initiative, a place-based impact investing fund that seeks to create systemic shifts in opportunity for urban communities. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to help build resilient local economies. Frieze’s focus on resilience began … Continued

John Fullerton

John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute and is a former Managing Director of JPMorgan, where he worked for 18 years. Subsequently he was seed investor and CEO of an energy-infrastructure-focused investment management company. He is the author of Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy (2015). As the principal of Level 3 … Continued

Chellis Glendinning

Chellis Glendinning was born just after World War II and came of age during the decolonization, liberation, and feminist movements. The central themes of her writings and presentations include the interlace of the personal with the political and a critique of mass technological society as contrasted by sustainable, nature-based cultures. She has written several books, … Continued

Eric Harris-Braun

Eric Harris-Braun designs and builds software infrastructure for the new economy. He is a co-founder of the MetaCurrency project, which is creating a platform for communities of all scales to design and deploy their own currencies, and Holochain, which will host a full array of asset-backed, value-stable currencies, setting a new class of cryptocurrencies that will … Continued

Richard Heinberg

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 … Continued

Hazel Henderson

Hazel Henderson (D.Sc.Hon) is founder of Ethical Markets Media. She is a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She created the Ethical Markets TV series, the EthicMark® Awards, the Green Transition Scoreboard® and co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®. Henderson’s first … Continued

Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. A farmer, activist, and writer, she has exerted an enormous influence on the movement for organic and sustainable agriculture since the 1970s. Deeply involved in the organic movement at all levels, Henderson was … Continued

Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity.  In 1988, he co-founded Seventh Generation, building it into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.  Today, as a CEO, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey’s mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to … Continued

Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement. In addition to being a world-renowned plant geneticist, he is a farmer, author, and professor emeritus of biology. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan University, and a tenured full professor at California State University, Sacramento. There he established … Continued

Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises.  She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-aligned investors and  is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. She is the author of the forthcoming Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How … Continued

Andrew Kimbrell

Andrew Kimbrell is an attorney and author. He also holds a graduate degree in psychology. For many years he was policy director of the Foundation on Economic Trends. Currently he is Executive Director of both the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA), which he founded in 1994, and the Center for Food Safety, which he founded … Continued

Kimber Lanning

Kimber Lanning is Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies. She is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s … Continued

Anna Lappé

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for food justice and sustainability, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others, including Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (2006) and Hope’s … Continued

Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of sixteen books, including her 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which awakened readers to the human–made causes of hunger and the power of our everyday choices to create a hunger-free world, and most recently World Hunger: 10 Myths (2015). Her books have been translated into 15 languages and … Continued

Dan Levinson

Dan Levinson has been in the private equity business since graduating Brown University in 1982 and Stanford Business School in 1988 and founded Main Street Resources in 1998. These 25+ years of running private equity firms, funds and transactions have given him a strong economic foundation and firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions … Continued

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a nonprofit law firm established in Pennsylvania in 1995 that has provided free legal services to over 500 local governments and nonprofit organizations. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and … Continued

Michelle Long

Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Founded in 2001, BALLE’s purpose is to nurture and curate the emergence of a new economy — one that will gradually displace our destructive and failing economy with a system that supports the health, prosperity, and happiness for all people and regenerates the vital ecosystems upon which our economy … Continued

Alice Maggio

Alice Maggio is a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, educating people in her own community and around the world about the potential of local currencies to serve as democratic tools for building more vibrant and resilient local economies. … Continued

Jerry Mander

Jerry Mander is the founder, former director, and presently distinguished fellow of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco “think tank” focused since 1994 on exposing the negative impacts of economic globalization, and the need for economic transitions toward sustainable local economies. He was also, until recently, program director of the Foundation for … Continued

Asher Miller

Asher Miller became the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute in October 2008, after having served as the manager of the former Relocalization Network program. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from The Colorado College. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in various capacities. Prior to joining Post Carbon Institute, Asher founded Climate … Continued

Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise. Among the first to raise the alarm about the rise of mega-retailers in the 1990s, Mitchell is … Continued

David Morris

David Morris is co-founder and vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Public Good Initiative. Founded in 1974, the Institute provides innovative strategies, working models, and information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. Morris studied labor economics at Cornell University. After working at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, … Continued

Helena Norberg-Hodge

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 … Continued

Richard B. Norgaard

Richard B. Norgaard is Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley. Among the founders of the field of ecological economics, his research emphasizes how the resolution of complex socio-environmental problems challenges modern beliefs about science and policy, and explores development as a process of coevolution between social and environmental systems. Norgaard is the author … Continued

David W. Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics as well as Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and executive director of the Oberlin Project. He is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his leading role in the promising new field … Continued

Janelle Orsi

Janelle Orsi is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, an organization that cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. She provides guidance and support to each program circle and leads the Legal Profession in the New Economy program. Outside of her work with the Sustainable … Continued

Kelly Ramirez

Kelly Ramirez is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and the founder of the SEEED Summit, a national social enterprise conference that is run in collaboration between SEG, Brown University, the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. She has taught/teaches courses on Social Enterprise at RISD,  Salve Regina University,Providence College, and  Brown University’s … Continued

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. His vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the European Union and the United Nations and embraced by world leaders. He is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and … Continued

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the family farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet, and countless other … Continued

Otto Scharmer

C. Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. In 2015 he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT. He is co-founder of the Presencing Institute, which offers training and research sessions for executives and activists on how to advance the transformation of our economy, and is … Continued

Juliet B. Schor

Juliet B. Schor studies trends in working time and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues, and economic justice. Since 2011 Schor has also been researching the sharing economy, including both non-profit community initiatives (makerspaces, timebanks) and for-profit platforms like Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber. She was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim … Continued

Don Shaffer

Don Shaffer served as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance from 2007-2017. He has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing a for-profit education business, a software company, and a sporting goods manufacturer, in addition to a non-profit, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Shaffer grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from … Continued

Michael H. Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is the Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets and a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute.  He is a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is also an adjunct instructor in community economic development for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and is one … Continued

Cathrine Sneed

Cathrine Sneed is the director and founder of The Garden Project in San Francisco, California, a program begun in 1992 to provide job training and support to former offenders through counseling and assistance in continuing education while also impacting the environment of their communities. Prior to the Garden Project, Cathrine founded the San Francisco County … Continued

Matt Stinchcomb

Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director at the Good Work Institute, a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is on cultivating communities of local change makers living and working in and around the Hudson Valley. Their programs support these leaders as they develop and implement projects that aim to have net-positive benefit in the region and beyond. Before … Continued

Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is a pioneer of the concepts of patient capital, mission-related investing, and community development venture capital. He is the dynamic and visionary founder and chairman of Slow Money Institute, a nonprofit headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, with an alliance of national and international chapters.  Slow Money was formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow … Continued

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an organic farmer, young farmers advocate, publisher and organizer based in Downeast Maine. Since 2008 Severine has served as director of the grassroots young farmers cultural organization Greenhorns which produces a literary journal for working agrarians called the New Farmers Almanac.Greenhorns produce many kinds of publications, media, events and exhibits including a weekly radio show … Continued

Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper is an American writer and speaker. He explores how new ideas in urban planning, tourism, community development, sustainability, politics and culture can improve our lives as well as the world. Walljasper is the author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons (2011), The Great Neighborhood Book (2007) and Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life (2001). He is … Continued

Greg Watson

Director of Policy and Systems Design

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

Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant, White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, … Continued

Susan Witt

Executive Director

Susan Witt is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, which she co-founded with Robert Swann in 1980. She has led the development of the Schumacher Center’s highly regarded publications, library, seminars, and other educational programs, which established the Center as a pioneering voice for an economics shaped by social and ecological principles. Deeply engaged … Continued

Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Making sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and plausible futures. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects to support short-term artworks: a studio space, a barter network, … Continued