Our list of renowned luminaries: people that fill our hearts, inspire us, AND move us to act...
E. F. Schumacher
Author, 1973: 'Small is Beautiful' a study of economics as if people mattered
Popularized Geodesic Domes, Author of 30+ books'1968 : Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. "...we can make all of humanity successful through science's world-engulfing industrial evolution provided that we are not so foolish as to continue to exhaust in a split second of astronomical history the orderly energy savings of billions of years' energy conservation aboard our Spaceship Earth. These energy savings have been put into our Spaceship's life-regeneration-guaranteeing bank account for use only in self-starter functions."
A community land trust pioneer, Georgist, and peace activist in the United States.
Agrarian theorist and practical experimenter, Swann and Borsodi created a land trust that functioned as an economic, banking, and credit institution.
American journalist, philosopher and political economist, who was the most influential proponent of the land value tax and the value capture of land/natural resource rents.
Henry George is best known for his argument that the economic rent of land should be shared by society rather than being owned privately. The clearest statement of this view is found in Progress and Poverty: "We must make land common property." By taxing land values, society could recapture the value of its common inheritance, and eliminate the need for taxes on productive activity. George believed that this would provide disincentives toward land speculation, but would continue to incentivize development, as landlords would not suffer tax penalties for any industry or edifice constructed on their land. Broadly applying this principle is now commonly known as 'Georgism'.
Wendell Berry, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer
According to him, the good life includes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life. The threats Berry finds to this good simple life include: industrial farming and the industrialization of life, ignorance, hubris, greed, violence against others and against the natural world, the eroding topsoil in the United States, global economics, and environmental destruction.
Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, American journalist and educator who has written extensively on energy, economic, and ecological issues. He has appeared in the documentaries The End of Suburbia, The 11th Hour, Crude Impact, Oil, Smoke & Mirrors, Chasing God, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, The Great Squeeze, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, A Farm for the Future and Ripe For Change.
Janelle is an attorney specializing in helping people share resources and create sustainable communities. She works with cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profits, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and anyone else doing innovative work to change the world. Janelle lives in "casual cohousing," shares garden space and regular meals with her neighbors, takes part in a grocery co-op, shares an office space, and is always looking for new ways to share in her life. Janelle can't wait to see what the future looks like, when carsharing, mealsharing, community food gardens, cohousing, cooperatives, and tool lending libraries become part of everyone's normal way of life. It will be a beautiful world!
Amory Lovins, American physicist, environmental scientist, writer, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute
Amory Lovins has received ten honorary doctorates and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1984, of the World Academy of Art and Science in 1988, and of the World Business Academy in 2001. He has received the World Technology Award, the Right Livelihood Award, the Blue Planet Prize, Volvo Environment Prize, the 4th Annual Heinz Award in the Environment in 1998, and the National Design (Design Mind), Jean Meyer, and Lindbergh Awards. Lovins is also the recipient of the Time Hero for the Planet awards, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, and the Shingo, Nissan, Mitchell, and Onassis Prizes. He has also received a MacArthur Fellowship and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Furthermore he is on the Advisory Board of the Holcim Foundation.