The Schumacher Center for a New Economics has facilitated the emergence of ecological civilization through the creation of local currency, shared land trusts, promoting community supported agriculture, and partnering with small farmers to make sustainable agriculture a viable economic option for farmers and local consumers.
Their mission is:
“To educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. We recognize that the environmental and equity crises we now face have their roots in the current economic system.”
By engaging in a value-based local economy, the Schumacher Center for a New Economics promotes and supports a shift in cultural values in the Berkshires community of Massachusetts. Their local currency program has been recognized as one of the most successful programs globally and the growth of community supported agriculture (CSA) in North America started with Indian Line Farm, one of their projects. Recognizing that ecological society must transcend societal sectors, they have used the CSA model to help inform a local economic and value system—community supported industry (CSI).
To learn more, visit their website: http://centerforneweconomics.org/