A Community of Mankind

April 3, 2020

During this period of isolation, forcing us to close our doors to the public, we wish to keep the resources of Schumacher Center’s Library available.

Re-imagining our Economies

March 26, 2020

As we work together to re-imagine our economies following the current shut-down, the writings of the late Jane Jacobs offer solid direction.

In Community We Trust

March 26, 2020

The Berkshire region of Massachusetts has been a pioneer in cultivating economic self-reliance for 40 years.

What We Need Surrounds Us

March 20, 2020

John McKnight’s 1984 Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture “John Deere and the Bereavement Counselor” is one of the most circulated of a treasure trove of fine lectures.

Applied Craftsmanship

February 20, 2020

In a January 2020 article for Craftsmanship Quarterly, “Could Small Still Be Beautiful?”, Bryce Bauer writes of the continuing influence of economist E. F. Schumacher.

A Gift to You

December 24, 2019

Twenty-three new episodes of the Schumacher Lectures podcast are available for listening to in time for your holiday travel.

Sallie Calhoun And Greg Watson Videos Available For Viewing

December 16, 2019

“This year’s theme—actionable responses to climate change—was nothing if not timely.  Speaking on this topic were Sallie Calhoun—co-owner with her husband Matt Christiano of Paicines Ranch, a 7,600-acre (11.875 square miles) farm near Monterrey, California, and founder of an impact investing fund, Cienaga Capital—and Greg Watson, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture and a student of Buckminster Fuller, whose work centered on holistic approaches.”

A New Gramdan Movement

December 10, 2019

At the Schumacher Center, we envision a world in which gifts of working-lands to CLTs are as common as gifts of ecologically sensitive lands to conservation land trusts. To reach that goal will mean educating estate planners, lawyers, and philanthropic advisors about the mechanics and options of land gifting to CLTs. Lands held by CLTs can help address such issues as climate disaster recovery, urban displacement, rural community revitalization, and socially positive commercial development.

Challenging Conventional Economics

December 3, 2019

We steward an exceptional research library to inspire new theory and application. We lead by example in our own region of the Berkshires with innovation in currency issue, community land tenure, local investment, community supported industry, and crowd-sourced business planning. We experiment, make mistakes, adjust, and publish the results – proud to display economic institution-making in process. We engage media with stories of what is possible. We partner with other organizations to expand outreach. We answer questions about replication.

Stewarding a Legacy of Innovation

November 26, 2019

The project underway is to build out the ground floor level, an additional 1,600 square feet, providing a light and humidity controlled environment. By moving a significant part of the existing collection downstairs, it will mean additional room upstairs for educational programs.

Supporting Intelligent Idealism

November 18, 2019

MANAS was the highlight of the week for me. I would walk to the mailbox at the foot of the drive and start reading on the way up. It was like having a private clipping service that spanned the ages of great thinkers and activists. The same issue would have bits of Plato, Kropotkin, and Simone Weil, combined with news of Wes Jackson’s work to recreate a perennial agriculture or John Todd’s work at the New Alchemy Institute to employ plants to filter water. MANAS never failed to reorient me to the finest idealism, an idealism that was, after all, at the heart of our work at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

Public-Common Partnerships

October 18, 2019

The stakes really couldn’t be higher, the fate of the world depends on humankind’s ability to collectively govern the global commons of the atmosphere. Public-Common Partnerships (PCPs) represent a training in democracy that, by increasing the capacities of those doing the commoning, can help set the conditions for a democratic solution to the biggest issues … Continued