Talented and Motivated

October 5, 2005

The Schumacher Center is fortunate to be surrounded by talented and motivated young staff and interns who bring fresh perspectives and new skills to our common work.  When former intern Sue Holmberg called to tell us of a Herman Daly lecture that she was organizing in Amherst, we filled a car and drove over to … Continued

Beginning with Spiritual Inquiry

September 21, 2005

Only two days remain to bid on items in the online auction to support research and first year development of the BerkShares Local Currency Program.  Publications include subscriptions to Orion, Resurgence, Yes!, Enlightenment, andVermont Commons; autographed books by John Kenneth Galbraith, David Rockefeller, Kirkpatrick Sale, Nancy Jack Todd, and Judy Wicks; baskets of books from … Continued

An Ethic to Support Local

September 20, 2005

There are only three days left to bid on items in the Online Auction to support research and first year development of the BerkShares Local Currency Program. The Wall Street Journal columnist’s first question was, “Why is there a need for a local currency in the Berkshires?  All the small shops are doing well, aren’t … Continued

BerkShares: Money That Builds Community

September 10, 2005

We are pleased to announce an Online Auction to Benefit BerkShares—A Local Currency for the Southern Berkshires. Auction Items Include: SPECIALTY ITEMS:  Pete Seeger Sing Along; Starling Childs Forestry Consultation; Cook with Chef Danyell; Fly with Richard Stanley; Carriage Ride and Brunch at Blue Hills Restaurant at the Stone Barns. ARTISAN PRODUCTS: Porcelain Dishes by … Continued

Together We Are Building

August 31, 2005

The Schumacher Center is twenty-five years old, thanks in part to the enduring financial support of our members. Together we have heard and been inspired by visionary Schumacher speakers.  Together we raised the funds to beautifully house the Schumacher Center Library on the side of Jug End Mountain. Together we built the SHARE micro-credit program … Continued

Successful Revolutions

July 29, 2005

Those who know me, know of my great love for Russian Literature: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol—trusted sources of insight into the struggle of human beings learning to conduct themselves responsibly on earth and with each other.  Among these giants in Russian literature is Peter Kropotkin, known best for his Mutual Aid, describing the Buryat people of … Continued

Members, Partners, Vision Sharing

July 13, 2005

The Schumacher Center has dedicated itself to building sustainable local economies that link people, land, and community.  The Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures and resultant publications are a forum for visionary voices in this work.  The Library provides a written record of theory and practice for shaping decentralized economies. Our model programs of citizen support … Continued

Instructing Our People

July 9, 2005

Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, tireless advocate for indigenous rights and sovereignty issues, professor, author, publisher, painter, father, and grandfather, stood before us and shared the insights he had gained as representative of the traditions of his people.  The occasion was the Twenty-Fourth Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, October 2004 in Stockbridge, … Continued

Beautiful Businesses Transforming Communities

June 29, 2005

Judy Wick’s Twenty-Fourth Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture “Good Morning, Beautiful Business” is now in print.  Edited by Hildegarde Hannum, the lecture may be read online or ordered in pamphlet form. The lecture is a powerful call for including the word “local” in the definition of socially responsible businesses. It takes a deep commitment to … Continued

Shining Communities, Shining Rainbows

June 2, 2005

The May Schumacher Center seminar “Building Sustainable Local Economies” ended with a double rainbow arched over the Schumacher Center Library. It is visible in the concluding picture of the seminar photograph collection developed by Dane Springmeyer. You will also find all of the seminar background documents gathered together and edited by Merrian (Fuller) Borgeson, seminar coordinator. Please … Continued

Tools of Change: Building Sustainable Local Economies

March 21, 2005

The Schumacher Center has a 25-year history of developing and promoting regional economic institutions that link citizens and producers in the task of shaping their own local economies. The Schumacher seminars, Building Sustainable Local Economies, have provided an opportunity to explore these “tools for change” in depth. We are pleased to announce a series of … Continued

No Longer Passive Consumers

March 10, 2005

Imagine a world where we no longer see ourselves as passive “consumers,” but instead we actively create an economy that supports the life of our community. Not all of us are destined to be entrepreneurs, but we can all participate in supporting the businesses that provide the products and services needed for a sustainable economy. … Continued