In 1973, the radical, Oxford-educated economist, E. F. Schumacher, published his ground-breaking book, Small is Beautiful. His critique of our economic system challenged the fundamental principles underpinning it, namely: consumption, profit and growth. Although controversial at the time, the book attracted enormous interest from across the world, becoming highly influential for environmental and social equality movements.

Schumacher called for people-centred economics, where the needs of communities are placed above the needs of corporations, and livelihood choices are based on ethics and job satisfaction. His proposed approach for tackling poverty is both pragmatic and holistic, emphasising the sustainable use of our natural resources.

This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of this seminal, groundbreaking book and its pivotal place in our founding story and ethos.