'A timely reminder of Schumacher's prophetic words; just as relevant now as when they were written 25 years ago… Everyone should read this book.' – Alan Gear, HDRA
'I welcome this timely reiteration of Schumacher's powerful ideas and philosophy brought up to date for the new millennium.' – Patrick Holden, Soil Association.
'I read Small is Still Beautiful with great interest … it captures the spirit of a number of organisations which are ensuring that co-operation makes a difference in the world.' – David Dickman, UK Co-operative Council
'[An] elegant and hard-hitting commentary on today's defective economic orthodoxy and political cowardice.' – Jonathan Porritt, Forum for the Future
'This book is well worth reading for a contemporary understanding of Schumacher's philosophy.' – Bob Allen, Social Enterprise Advisor
From the Back Cover
More than a quarter of a century ago, E F Schumacher rang out his timely warning that rampant consumerism would result in gross economic inefficiency, pollution and inhumane working conditions. In a world that places a larger burden than ever on the planet which sustains it, his voice of reason resounds with even greater urgency today.
Barbara Wood Shumacher develops her father's legacy while taking up the themes of economic and political 'smallness' for the new millennium. She continues his clarion cry against the idolatry of giantism by highlighting the beauty of smallness. When economic, political or social structures are too large, they become impersonal and unresponsive to human needs and aspirations. In such an environment individuals feel dispossessed, voiceless, powerless and alienated.
Schumacher recognises that our ever-increasing rate of global consumption is depleting non-renewable natural materials at an alarming rate. She encourages us to summon the courage to ask difficult questions and make hard decision. Will we continue on our present path, our foot on the accelerator, in pursuit of the bigger and the faster – and ultimate disaster? Or will we think again?