Creative Resources Conference

November 9, 2015

We hope to see you at 1Berkshire’s Creative Resources Conference this Thursday, November 12th, at the Hotel on North. We especially look forward to the keynote address, which will be delivered by Schumacher Center board member Matt Stinchcomb. Stinchcomb was one of the first four employees at Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods. He … Continued

Cuba In Changing Times

October 30, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that we will be holding a talk by Rafael Hernández in Great Barrington on November 15th at 7:30pm. This talk is part of our continued work in Cuba under one of our newest programs, the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network. Our team was in Cuba last week building relationships with partners on the Cuban … Continued

The Future of Farming on Land and at Sea

October 29, 2015

Last weekend the Schumacher Center held the 35th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures at the beautiful Churchtown Dairy— a new raw milk dairy just outside of Hudson, NY. This year’s speakers, Allan Savory of the Savory Institute and Bren Smith of GreenWave, continued a long tradition of thoughtfully crafted talks on building the social, cultural, … Continued

A 7,000 Acre Classroom

October 9, 2015

In a little over a year from now, the 25 students taking part in Schumacher College for New Economists will shake out their boots and set foot on Sallie Calhoun’s 7,000 acre Paicines Ranch. Their week at the ranch will include a crash course in impact investing and designing new agricultural models. When Sallie and … Continued

The Peace Economy And The Pope

September 22, 2015

If you asked Judy Wicks what she would say about economics in the wake of International Peace Day, she would tell you “The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.” CODEPINK would elaborate, telling us “every transaction we make in our … Continued

Soil & Nature | Portraits of Regional Heroes | Local Events

September 15, 2015

Our friends at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) are taking a lead on highlighting regenerative solutions for agriculture and resource management across North America. They have developed a toolkit of resources to help explore these areas, under the heading ‘Soil & Nature.’ As they point out, “Soil carbon sequestration is one of the most … Continued

Tax, Gift, Redistribute, Or Reform?

August 28, 2015

Thanks in part to the popularity of Piketty’s book, the public better understands that in our current economic system income from stocks, bonds, and real estate is always higher than the income from wages alone. Those with inherited and acquired investment assets will therefore inevitably have an economic advantage over those without. Historically, the holdings … Continued

Announcing – 35th Annual Lectures, Savory & Smith

August 27, 2015

When, in his 1981 E. F. Schumacher Lecture, Wes Jackson gave a “Call for a Revolution in Agriculture” he was not simply talking about changing tools and techniques, he was talking about a shift in thinking, a shift of culture. The dominant agriculture then, as now, depended on the monoculture of annual crops tilled by … Continued

Artisan Cash And Lecture Tonight

August 10, 2015

What do BerkShares have in common with Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the online marketplace Etsy? According to Dan Crane’s article in the Sunday New York Times, they are all part of a movement that is redeveloping small-scale, artisanal production and eschewing the monoculture of a global economy, which includes the anonymity of credit … Continued

U.S. Treasury Catches Up With BerkShares

June 22, 2015

AFTER NINE YEARS, THE U.S. TREASURY FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH BERKSHARES, PLANS TO FEATURE A WOMAN ON THE TEN SPOT Following the example set by BerkShares, Inc., the U.S. Treasury announced last Wednesday that a woman would appear on the 10-dollar bill beginning in 2020. The announcement comes nine years after BerkShares, Inc. issued BerkShares, … Continued

Thwarting Leaky Buckets And Other Local Economy Adventures

May 28, 2015

In the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket. Water that leaks out is money that escapes the local economy to pay for imports. The more watertight the bucket, the more wealth retained. In the early 1980s, unemployment rose steeply in … Continued

Profiles In Community Economics

May 4, 2015

This past weekend, in over 150 cities on six continents, people joined their fellow citizens on neighborhood walks to discuss the history of their city, observe its current state of affairs, and imagine its future together. In New York City the Municipal Art Society of New York alone listed over two hundred walks throughout the … Continued