Reimagining Economics for a Thriving World: January Panel

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January 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm



As the 50th anniversary of the book Small is Beautiful, 2023 is our opportunity to advance solutions to today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges that build on E.F. Schumacher’s original vision.

To meet this calling, the Schumacher Center is convening a monthly series featuring New Economic thinkers, builders and activists from a range of fields. “Schumacher Conversations: Envisioning the Next 50 Years” brings together change-makers whose work today is actively shaping a ‘small is beautiful’ future, organized around 12 key themes and fields of activism.

January’s theme is Reimagining Economics for a Thriving World. The event will be held virtually on Thursday the 19th at 2PM (EST). Registration is free.






“Since there is now increasing evidence of environmental deterioration, particularly in living nature, the entire outlook and methodology of economics is being called into question…

Economics…is not an exact science; it is in fact, or ought to be, something much greater: a branch of wisdom.

— E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful (1973)


When it appeared in the 1970s, Small is Beautiful inspired many with its call for a new economics wherein people and the planet truly matter. Critical of the the growth-above-all tendency dominant within global economics, Schumacher instead asserted that human needs could be well provided for without overexploiting natural resources or compelling people into degrading work. Against the orthodox presumptions of scarcity and narrow self-interest, Small is Beautiful advanced a case for human as well as planetary thriving.

Today, there is a growing recognition that the prevailing economic system is holding back collective agendas for a habitable planet and a fairer distribution of wealth. January’s panelists are those at the forefront of a movement that is reimagining economics from the bottom up: creating more holistic frameworks and shaping truly sustainable development practices.




John Fullerton

Founder and president of Capital Institute, author of “Finance for A Regenerative World” (2019).





Stewart Wallis

Chair of WEAll, the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, former Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation (U.K.)





Ruth Potts

Head of Regenerative Economics at Schumacher College (U.K.). Works on the Green New Deal in the office of Caroline Lucas MP.




Each participant will begin by reflecting on the impact Small Is Beautiful has had on their economic thinking and activism, opening up a broader conversartion on the topic, including responses to audience questions.

The discussion will be hosted by Matt Stinchcomb, President of the Schumacher Center Board of Directors and Co-founder of Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley.




Over the course of the year, we’ll be welcoming back many of our past speakers, as well as introducing fresh faces, in order to address some the most pressing issues of our time. See the full list of monthly themes and learn more about our plans for this Small is Beautiful anniversary here.

Do join us,

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