Sarah Roberts, Chief Executive Officer
This year, the 50th anniversary of our founder, E.F.Schumacher’s ground-breaking book, Small is Beautiful, provides an opportune moment to reflect the relevance of his philosophy and approaches to today’s challenges.
Small is Beautiful challenged dominant development and economic paradigms and acted as an inspirational call to action. Schumacher’s approach of solutions tailored to context, powering people with skills and knowledge, and ‘economics as if people mattered’ is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. He was a holistic thinker, ahead of his time, warning that ‘if we squander the capital represented by living nature around us, we threaten life itself’.
Our work which has always been important, has become urgent. Progress against poverty has been reversed in recent years and the intensification of the climate crisis is disproportionately impacting on the people we work with.
In a time when it is easy to be despondent, Practical Action is making positive change happen every day. Action that means we can remain hopeful. With six decades of innovating with communities to deliver practical solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges, and linking with diverse partners to drive improvement for millions more people, we can see pathways out of the interconnected poverty-climate-environment-conflict crises that are challenging our world.
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