A Dream Boldly Pursued

January 1, 2003

On October 12, 2002 Demiurgus Peace International held a Peace Concert and Awards Ceremony in Zug, Switzerland.  Andrey Bykov, the founder of the organization, invited me to sit on its Council representing the Schumacher Center.  My role at the ceremony was to present South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu with a $50,000 prize for his contributions … Continued

Challenging Institutions

December 1, 2002

This week Ivan Illich died.  I am glad to have known him.  He made my mind dance with new ideas, skipping over convention, exploring uncharted intellectual territory, questioning accepted patterns of thought.  He challenged the institutions of education, medicine, religion, and in his 1994 Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture he even challenged the “institution” of … Continued

Tools for Community Economic Transformation

October 1, 2002

Responsible Impact David Orr and Kevin Lyons are featured speakers at the Twenty-Second Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, Greening the Campus: Values in Action. Our regional colleges and universities are just one of a number of local institutions whose purchasing policies could be directed to more responsibly impact local economies and local communities. As active members … Continued

Local Producers, Local Resources

April 1, 2002

“Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars” David Ehrenfeld, Professor of Biology at Rutgers University and author of the recently published Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology, will give a Spring 2002 Schumacher Lecture. His talk, entitled “Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars,” concerns the way scientific studies are often used … Continued

Creating a Peaceable Economy

November 1, 2001

The Twenty-First Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures drew over 550 people to Amherst College to hearAlanna Hartzok, John Todd, and Amory Lovins. Each speaker focused on integrated approaches to addressing ecological and social problems. Audience reaction was enthusiastic. “The speakers renewed my faith in humanity,” commented one attendee. The lectures will be transcribed, edited, and … Continued

The Ethics of Enough

April 9, 2001

The Schumacher Center is pleased to announce two upcoming lecture programs: Andrew Kimbrell speaking on April 27th at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington and Peter Forbes speaking on May 24th at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington.. Andrew Kimbrell is a public interest lawyer effectively challenging government agencies and industry on … Continued

Models of Decentralization

January 1, 2001

We are pleased to announce that Amory Lovins will be one of the speakers at the Twenty-First Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures scheduled for October 27th in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lovin’s work to develop a hydrogen fueled car was front page story in the January 9th Wall Street Journal. The prototype Hypercar® is an elegantly designed, sports utility vehicle … Continued

The Art of Pamphleteering

December 1, 2000

It was October of 1981 when Schumacher Center Director David Ehrenfeld recommended that we revive the fine art of “pamphleteering.” Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson had just delivered prophetic talks at the First Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures at Mount Holyoke College. In “A Call for a Revolution in Agriculture,” Wes argued for an agriculture … Continued

Planting the Seeds of Democratization

June 1, 2000

The Schumacher Center’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Center’s first Capital Campaign has reached the $150,000 mark in lead contributions and pledges towards its goal of $250,000. The funds have been used to retire debt on the library building and start a modest endowment fund, an important step for the organization’s future. We … Continued

A Library of Values and Economics

December 1, 1998

The world view that we carry as a culture—our sense of optimism and of responsibility to future generations, our relationship to our neighbors and neighborhood, our capacity for empathy, our ability to recognize and mourn collective cultural losses—shapes our economic decisions. Much of the work that we do in the Schumacher Center is meant to … Continued

Schumacher’s Decentralist Vision

August 6, 1998

Founded in 1980, the Schumacher Center was named for the British economist, Fritz Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Schumacher’s 1973 book questioned the soundness of an increasingly centralized global economy which separates the consumer from the production process. Schumacher argued that in a system of healthy regional economies, production … Continued

The Legacy of E. F. Schumacher

July 14, 1998

In this last part of the twentieth century we find ourselves at an extraordinary historical time in which, as a result of a rapidly growing global economy, we can purchase nearly any good, from anywhere in the world, at any time or any place. However, the advantages of this carry a cost-we no longer know … Continued