Hearts of Island People

April 26, 2021

By their very nature, islands have a limited land mass. The allocation of use of that land raises heightened public debate pitting social, economic, and environmental interests against each other. Community Land Trusts stand as an arbitrator of these concerns. On Friday, April 30th, we will hold the third in a series of Community Land … Continued

Informed by Place, Supported by Citizens

April 7, 2021

The small business owners of the Berkshires are my heroes. They have adjusted to the restrictions of COVID; they are meeting the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic with good spirits. I want to support them with the same good spirit and enthusiasm, letting them know the Berkshires are a better place because they … Continued

Emphasizing Community

March 16, 2021

First formed in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by Robert Swann and civil rights activist Slater King as a vehicle to ensure access to farmland for Black farmers, Community Land Trusts are now spreading throughout the world. Join us for the second gathering in a series of Community Land Trust Roundtables on March 18th which will … Continued

European Community Land Trust Roundtable

March 10, 2021

George Monbiot’s much-heralded 40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture, Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the Key to the Transformation of Society, continues to inspire new thinking about community land ownership. To explore the topic further, the Schumacher Center is holding a series of virtual Community Land Trust Roundtables. The recording of the first Roundtable, … Continued

The Road is Long, Get up Early – Lindisfarne Podcasts

February 15, 2021

The Lindisfarne Tapes are a collection of conversations with visionary thinkers about culture, society, economy, and technology. The late William Irwin Thompson first convened the Lindisfarne gatherings in the early 1970s, yet the conversations have maintained their relevance, informing a new generation of thinker/activists. Our colleagues David Fix and Caleb Stone have begun the process of converting the tapes to podcasts … Continued

Community Land Trust Roundtable

February 15, 2021

Access to land is key to the transformation of society, argues George Monbiot in his 2020 E. F. Schumacher Lecture. Access to land means security for families in an ever more turbulent world. Access means continuity of traditional land use practices; it means communities can plan responses to climate change. Farmers and ranchers can invest … Continued

What’s Your Money Doing Tonight?

February 1, 2021

Do you know what your money is doing tonight? Community bank depositors can be pretty sure theirs is supporting local businesses on their respective Main Streets. Unlike their Wall Street counterparts, community banks are often owned and operated by members of the local community who understand the needs of their neighbors and are well-equipped to … Continued

New Opportunities for Main Street

January 26, 2021

In the twelve months since the onset of COVID-19 communities have experienced immeasurable economic instability — closings of small businesses, reduction in tax revenue, growing unemployment, disruption of schools, in addition to loss of lives to the pandemic. Despite this fracturing, what we see emerging is greater adoption of alternative ideas for uplifting local economies–ideas that can inject capital into communities and help to increase circulation of goods … Continued

Charlie Chaplin – Let Us All Unite

January 13, 2021

In 1940 the legendary comedian and silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, made his first “talking” film. Called The Great Dictator it is the story of a barber mistaken for the dictator of the fictional state of Tomainia. The barber is expected to give a speech to his followers. Chaplin was said to have labored over … Continued

At the Edge of History | The Lindisfarne Tapes

December 4, 2020

An illuminated page from the Lindisfarne Gospels. Source: The British Library   On a rocky outcropping off the northeastern coast of England, the monastery of Lindisfarne once stood as an outpost of religious, philosophic, and intellectual study against the “dark” times of early medieval Europe.  With Northumberland to its back and the expanse of the … Continued

All Struggles Are Connected

November 11, 2020

In February of this year, the Schumacher Center hosted a two-day meeting of representatives of foundations and organizations concerned about the climate crisis. The gathering sought to probe the roots of the crisis and in doing so, better access where to put our collective energies and resources to create change. The title of the gathering … Continued

Changing the Narrative of Land Ownership

November 3, 2020

George Monbiot delivered the 40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture on October 25th. Titled Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury: Land is the Key to the Transformation of Society,  the talk was followed by a question period hosted by Jodie Evans and joined by Greg Watson.