The Schumacher Society

12 Mar 2010

“The Schumacher Society promotes the wisdom and insight of E.F. Schumacher to inspire a new generation who are seeking relevant and practical solutions to heal a world in crisis and build a sane, humane and ecological society,” the society’s site says.

Here’s more about it:

The emergence of ever remoter structures of political governance and corporate power has been an overwhelming trend in recent years. Economic globalisation has expanded everywhere to the detriment of local democratic self-determination. Local ecosystems, economies and communities have been gravely undermined by these trends. Even sustainable development, a concept that has become prominent in recent years, has tended to ignore the concerns of people in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The Schumacher Society exists to challenge such developments and to propose alternatives. It provides a unique forum for promoting human scale solutions to the social and environmental problems facing us. We seek to address the growing unease many people feel about the global economic and political structures over which they have little control. It is apparent that many people are seeking human scale solutions for themselves and their communities.

The Schumacher Society is named after economist and philosopher Dr. E.F. Schumacher, author of ‘Small is Beautiful’, ‘The Guide for the Perplexed’, ‘Good Work’ and ‘This I Believe’. Schumacher is widely acknowledged as the originator of many concepts on the theory and practice of sustainable development.

In the shadow of economic globalisation, an extraordinary variety of creative voices have emerged to challenge and reverse the dominant trends. It has been our purpose to identify and host leading edge thinkers and practitioners and to help amplify their voices. Our primary function is to promote, generate and distribute concepts and processes that enable individuals and communities to take steps towards creating a sustainable future.

The Schumacher Sociaty is above all else engaged in educational work. Tangible expressions of this are the Schumacher Lectures, Schumacher Briefings, the Schumacher Book Service, Resurgence Magazine, Green Books Publishing House and Schumacher College.

The Society is based at the Create Centre in Bristol. It is non-profit-making: any surplus revenues are used to further the aims of Schumacher UK. For much of our work we have been relying on voluntary help. The Schumacher Society and seven other Schumacher-inspired organisations form the Schumacher Circle: Practical Action, the Soil Association, the New Economics Foundation, Schumacher College, the Schumacher Institute, Green Books, the Centre for Alternative Technology and Resurgence Magazine.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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