Wes Jackson and David Orr in Conversation

August 7, 2020

Wes Jackson is a geneticist. He thinks in terms of generations. His work to restore the prairies, devastated by the effect of tractors turning over the sod to plant corn and soybeans, began in 1976 with the founding of The Land Institute. It has taken forty-four years to breed and test a perennial grain sufficiently … Continued

Postponed: Mary Berry And Bill McKibben In Conversation

August 3, 2020

The Berry Center in Kentucky, led by Mary Berry, is a leading advocate for farmers, land-conserving communities, and rural economies. Bill McKibben has devoted decades as an author, educator, and activist to the case for a cleaner environment. They have protested together, spoken at conferences, fought for policy change, won acclaim for their work, and … Continued

Greg Watson and John Todd in Conversation

August 3, 2020

The mission of the New Alchemy Institute was: To restore the lands, protect the seas, and inform the Earth’s stewards. Among our major tasks is the creation of ecologically derived human support systems – renewable energy, agriculture, aquaculture, housing and landscapes. The strategies we research emphasize a minimal reliance on fossil fuels and operate on … Continued

Gar Alperovitz and John McKnight in Conversation

July 23, 2020

John McKnight’s approach to community development is to turn attention to the assets of a neighborhood rather than elaborate on its problems.  For instance, he would suggest that the primary wealth in a neighborhood is the power generated by the investment of the capacities of the residents and their associations. Called Asset Based Community Development, John … Continued

Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge in Conversation

July 13, 2020

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, … Continued

Michael Shuman and Judy Wicks in Conversation

July 6, 2020

Every year during the first decade of this century, the Business Alliance for a Local Living Economy (BALLE) would hold its annual conference.  Those conferences were a celebration of local economies and the small businesses that built those economies.  Judy Wicks, Michael Shuman, David Korten, Laury Hammel, Don Shaffer, Michelle Long, and Merrian Goggio Borgeson … Continued

Announcing the Schumacher Conversations

July 1, 2020

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 and asking for updates of their earlier remarks in light of recent events. With one exception, the Schumacher Conversations will … Continued

A Black Commons

June 1, 2020

Since its founding in 1980 the Schumacher Center for a New Economics has been an advocate for community land trusts as a way to create more equitable access to land.