Schumacher Conversation Videos

October 26, 2020

Thank you for joining us this summer for the Schumacher Conversation series highlighting past Schumacher Lecturers. Recordings of the Conversations can be viewed for free on our YouTube channel. George Monbiot of London’s The Guardian will deliver the 40th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The title of his talk is … Continued

Winona LaDuke and Leah Penniman in conversation

October 19, 2020

Leah Penniman saw in the history of Black farming cooperatives a way for Americans of color to re-establish a connection with the land and rebuild a culture disrupted by the systematic exclusion from land ownership. She turned to the story of the emergence of the community land trust movement out of the civil rights movement … Continued

Hazel Henderson and Juliet Schor in Conversation

September 24, 2020

Since the early 1980’s Hazel Henderson’s name has been synonymous with impact investing. Probably more than any other person, Henderson has been responsible for creating and promoting a set of social and environmental indicators by which to judge the real health of an economic system including the well-being of its citizens and its ecosystem. These … Continued

Neva Goodwin and Stewart Wallis in Conversation

September 8, 2020

In her 2010 E. F. Schumacher Lecture Neva Goodwin imagined the economy of 2075 and what we might hope to see. She identified current corporate structure, designed to increase profits for shareholders, as an obstacle to achieving a more diverse and resilient economy. She highlighted the importance of transitioning to distributed production of energy from … Continued

Otto Scharmer and Matt Stinchcomb in Conversation

September 1, 2020

Otto Scharmer understands the stages of consciousness that are necessary to achieve transformation – whether that be transformation of the self, transformation of a group initiative, transformation of a business, or systemic change. His Theory U training is a step by step exploration of these stages in different settings. An economist by training, his application … Continued

Nwamaka Agbo and Stacy Mitchell in Conversation

August 14, 2020

Nwamaka Agbo is a nationally respected voice for impacted communities, working to ensure they are not left behind with the growing New Economy movement.  Her approach, which she names Restorative Economics, is strategically focused on community-owned and community-governed projects to bring residents together to create shared prosperity and self-determination and in turn build collective political power.  In her words: … Continued

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

July 31, 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 17, 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 10, 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 3, 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