[P2P-F] Fwd: Fw: Coming of Age

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Thu Dec 26 16:09:35 CET 2013

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*Date: *Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:43:12 +0000
*To: *Soma Kishore Parthasarathy<somakp at gmail.com>
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*Subject: *Coming of Age

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Soma Kishore Parthasarathy,

As you know, the Schumacher Center for a New Economics is recognized for
its work modeling community-based systems for holding land, issuing
currency, and engaging citizens in supporting their regional economies.
That work is now growing, reflecting a "coming of age" for a new economics
that considers what is just and equitable for all Earth's citizens while
caring for our shared ecosystem.  2013 was a great year for the Schumacher
Center, with exceptional lecture events, remarkable media attention to our
BerkShares program, and the launch of several initiatives reconsidering how
land is accessed.

For 2014 we will continue this strong growth by expanding existing
programs, including the introduction of a model loan program in BerkShares,
the convening of an international conference titled "Sharing the Commons,"
and the rollout of Community Supported Industry (CSI), which is an
expansion of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept.  To achieve
all of this we are partnering with foundations and sister organizations,
highlighting the successful programs and resources that together form the
building blocks of a new economy.

Staff and Board of Directors welcome your generous support for 2014
programming.  Your tax-deductible contribution can be made
by sending a check to Schumacher Center for a New Economics, 140 Jug
Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230 USA.

Warm wishes for the winter season from all of us,

Susan Witt, Alice Maggio, Susan Ingersoll, and Hilary Dennis

Board of Directors: Peter Barnes, Mary Berry, Severine von Tscharner
Fleming, Hildegarde Hannum, Dan Levinson, Anne MacDonald, Jerry Mander,
Gordon Thorne, Greg Watson, and Judy Wicks.

Advisory Board: Wendell Berry, Tanya Berry, Merrian Goggio Borgeson, Eric
Harris-Braun, and Otto Scharmer.

*Additional details of what's ahead for 2014*              *BerkShares:  *B$
continues to receive almost weekly national or international media
attention.  Under the leadership of the Schumacher Center's Alice Maggio,
who is working with a local non-profit board of directors, B$ presents a
transparent, regionally based alternative to troubled national currencies.
A 380,000 Euro grant from the DOEN Foundation of Amsterdam will support the
strengthening of this model community-issued currency and will support the
development of the related Community Supported Industry initiative.  (
         *Community Supported Industry: *One of the inefficiencies of
building diverse regional economies is the time spent creating business
plans for the multiple, interrelated small businesses.  We are taking a
page from the Mondragon bank in the Basque region of Spain to engage
citizen "social entrepreneurs" in compiling an online library of business
plans, including financial statements, from successful regionally scaled
businesses. Our focus is on the basic necessities of food, clothing,
shelter, energy, and transportation. See our CSI strategy paper and
instructions for submitting business plans.

*Sharing the Commons:  *Shaping a new economy that is appropriate for
people and planet will take transformation in multiple spheres. The
question of how we treat land, water, air, and minerals—our Natural
Commons—in a new economy is at the core of this transformation. Should they
be commodities traded on the market to the highest bidder, allowing those
with ownership to benefit from our common need and common heritage?  If not
via the market, how might the Commons be allocated? The Winter 2014/2015
conference, "Sharing the Commons," now in the planning stage, will draw on
the experience of cultures around the world, including those of indigenous
peoples, to suggest methods for fair and sustainable allocation of use.

*Agrarian Trust: * Concerned that productive farmland should be transferred
to a new generation in a way that is secure, equitable, sustainable, and
diverse, our board member Severine von Tscharner Fleming has initiated the
Agrarian Trust project modeled on Terre de Liens of France.  (

*Organizational Development: * With IRS approval of our status as a 501
(c)(3) tax-exempt organization now in hand, we will expand the board and
hire new colleagues who can help us guide the 33-year legacy of the E. F.
Schumacher Society through another 33 years as the Schumacher Center for a
New Economics.

*Collaboration with other Organizations*: A 2014 strategy of the board of
directors calls for strengthening the multiple ways we partner with sister
initiatives, supporting them and directing attention to their work to bring
about economic change regionally, nationally, and internationally.  A new
economics "speakers bureau" will point out the range of interrelated
initiatives needed to transform a failing system and showcase those
developing practical solutions.

*Kindle/Kobo*: The collection of Annual Schumacher Lectures continues to
inspire a new generation with a sense of what can be done by engaged
citizens. Available to read
no cost or to listen to at
the lectures will soon be available in ebook format on both Kindle and
Kobo.  Still like the old-fashioned pamphlet form?  You can order online
for your gift giving or by calling our office (413) 528-1737.
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