What “economy tools” exist which can be used to protect artists from being booted out of their spaces due to gentrification? How can a more just and “sustainable” business landscape be enacted? Can capitalist practices be “fair” and somehow address inequality?
Etsy Vice President of Values and Impact Matt Stinchcomb and Artist and resource sharing networks founder Caroline Woolard will address these topics on Saturday, November 15th at the 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture taking place at Judson Church across from the Park from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At the 34th Annual Schumacher Lectures, speakers Matt Stinchcomb and Caroline Woolard will be focusing on the creative sector: how new economy tools can help to protect artists from gentrification; how artists can build businesses that maintain the values of place, fairness, and quality, while also accessing global markets; and how businesses can be creative in order to help build a more just and sustainable economy.
The event is the 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, hosted by the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. The first Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures were delivered in 1981 by Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Hazel Henderson. They emphasized the importance of vibrant regional economies at a time when the focus of the nation was on an expanding global economy. Now that the global economy has been shown to deliver increased inequality, environmental degradation, and monoculture, a growing number of people are turning to an economics that recognizes the importance of place, community, and human-scale technologies and solutions.
Tickets are $35, $25 for students and include lunch. You can register here. Pre-registration is required; tickets will not be sold at the door.
You can learn more about the Schumacher Center for New Economics here which promotes Community Land Trusts, Local Economies and some other interesting practices.