The 1st Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures of October 1981 emphasized the importance of vibrant regional economies at a time when the focus of the nation was on an expanding global economy. Much has happened since then. The promise of the global economy has faded in face of ever greater wealth disparity and environmental degradation. There is growing interest in building a new economy that is just and recognizes planetary limits. The speakers of the Schumacher Lecture Series continue to be at the forefront of this movement.
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Felled by Beauty: Guam and the End of American Empire - Julian Aguon
“No empire can be felled by beauty, but, thankfully, a human being can.” In his October 2021 E.F. Schumacher Lecture, Julian Aguon discusses the history of colonization in his homeland of Guam, as well as the cultural, environmental, and health impacts of these empire-building activities. But he also shares how the Indigenous Chamorro people are fighting for justice and self-determination in spite of the growing U.S. military buildup on the island. Aguon describes a limestone forest which the U.S. military plans to develop into a gun range—a forest which houses key medicinal plants as well as the remarkable eight-spot butterfly. Through fierce resistance to this proposed project, Aguon shares how Indigenous groups in Guam are demonstrating “the centrality of beauty in the struggle for collective liberation.”
Winona LaDuke and Leah Penniman in Conversation
In the culminating episode of the Schumacher Conversations series, distinguished farmer-activists Winona LaDuke and Leah Penniman connect to speak about climate-resilient agriculture, food justice, the solidarity economy, healing through land, and cultivating a resilient regional economy. Moderated by Jodie Evans, Schumacher Center board member and co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace.
Hazel Henderson and Juliet Schor in Conversation
In this episode of the Schumacher Conversations series, Hazel Henderson and Juliet Schor offer their thoughts on the gig economy, platform cooperatives, moving beyond the growth imperative, UBI, how to transition to decentralized economic models, and more. Moderated by David Bollier, Director of the Schumacher Center's "Reinventing the Commons" program.
Neva Goodwin and Stewart Wallis in Conversation
In the ninth installment of the Schumacher Conversation series, longtime stalwarts of the new economy movement, Neva Goodwin and Stewart Wallis, discuss regenerative agriculture, soil carbon sequestration, the well-being economy model, and the importance of diverse coalitions of changemakers. Moderated by Schumacher Center board member, Alice Maggio.
Otto Scharmer and Matt Stinchcomb in Conversation
In the eighth episode of the Schumacher Conversation series, Otto Scharmer and Matt Stinchcomb reconnect to talk appropriate technology, innovative education practices, place-based collective action, and moving beyond the growth paradigm. Moderated by John Fullerton of the Capital Institute.
Mary Berry and Bill McKibben in Conversation
In the seventh episode of the Schumacher Conversations, Mary Berry and Bill McKibben emphasize the importance of imagining new models for living and being while resisting predominant economic, social, and ecological paradigms. They discuss the conditions necessary for implementing good farming practices on a wide scale as a way to combat the climate crisis. Moderated by Schumacher Center board member and CODEPINK co-founder, Jodie Evans.