“I Have a Dream”

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Since finding the incredible online resources of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, my nightly routine has included washing the dishes to a Schumacher Lecture.  One of my favorites is the below lecture by Van Jones, founder of Rebuild the Dream, in which he gives an amazing account and commentary on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech.” Continue reading

A Field Trip to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics

imageIn his 1973 book, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, E.F. Schumacher challenges our economic assumptions that more is better and bigger is more efficient. It has now been 42 years since Schumacher wrote his book and while there’s increased awareness of some of the issues he raised – inequality and environmental degradation among them – there seems to be no indication that these trends are going to reverse themselves anytime soon. To say that there’s still plenty of work to do is an understatement. Fortunately, there are some amazing people leading the way.

While in Connecticut visiting my family for the Christmas holiday, we took an economic pilgrimage to the nearby Schumacher Center for a New Economics located in the Berkshire Mountains. Continue reading