In March, our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Small is Beautiful continues with the theme of Localizing Production: Communities Supporting Industry. Accordingly, we are pleased to introduce the participants in this next month’s installment of our Schumacher Conversations series, which brings together change-makers whose work today is actively shaping a ‘small is beautiful’ future.
The event will be held virtually on Thursday, March 16th at 2PM (EST). Registration is free.
“[P]roduction from local resources for local needs is the most rational way of economic life, while dependence on imports from afar and the consequent need to produce for export… is highly uneconomic and justifiable only in exceptional cases and on a small scale.”– E.F. Schumacher,Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
As Schumacher extolled in Small is Beautiful, a shift from the prevailing trend of unaccountable globalization toward place-based, ecologically responsible, human-scale economic activity remains essential to a just and regenerative future. As the world catches up to the urgency of climate change and growing inequality, the question of scale once more returns to the fore.
Our March panelists are those building equitable production ecosystems rooted in their own places. Each participant represents a particular approach to inclusive wealth building arrived at through community participation and in a spirit of cooperation.
Each panelist is invited to reflect on themes in Small Is Beautiful that connect with their own thinking and activism. This includes economies of place, effective scale of action, production for local markets, cooperative structures, and the role of land. These reflections will then open up to a broader conversation on the topic of Localizing Production. An audience Q&A will follow moderated by our host, Alice.