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The Barefoot Economist, Manfred Max-Neef, Talks to E4A

 “I severed my ties with the trends imposed by the economic establishment, disengaged myself from ‘objective abstractions’ and decided to step into the mud”. Dr. Max-Neef   On Thursday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m., in the last session of the Ethics and Cosmology student-led seminar, the E4A community […]

The Ecosystem is More Complex Than We May Ever Understand—Our Money System Needn’t Be (by Joe Ament)

Something so ubiquitous and commonplace as money should be easy to understand. But, like Herman Daly says, anyone who thinks they understand money has probably not thought about it enough. Drawing on Daly’s advice, the Economics and Finance Research Group has spent the last fourteen months thinking about […]

Thinking about the human-Earth relationships through emotions, words and rhymes (by Alice Damiano)

There are many approaches to interpreting the human-Earth relationships, from the Sciences to the Social Sciences to the Humanities, and apparently each of them is needed when it comes to dealing with the complex, uncertain and serious challenges posed by the Anthropocene. Between Aristotle and a cost-benefit analysis, […]

Community first and foremost: My experience at Schumacher College (by María Juncos)

Most of my E4A peers know my interest in the ideas and philosophy of the late, renowned economist Ernst Friedrich “Fritz” Schumacher (1911-1977) and his acclaimed book, Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered (1973). Maybe because I’m from Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean […]