Susan Witt

Executive Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Great Barrington, MA

Susan is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. In 1980 she co-founded the E. F. Schumacher Society, predecessor of the Schumacher Center. She led the development of the Schumacher Center’s highly regarded lecture, publication, conference, seminar, and library programs, which established the Schumacher Center as a pioneering voice for a new economy shaped by social and ecological principles.  Over the past 34 years the Schumacher Center has built a chorus of voices calling for change.

While deeply engaged with the history and theory of a new economy and its implications for the transformation of our relationship to land, labor, and capital, Susan Witt has simultaneously worked to place theory into practice in her home region of the Berkshires.

She helped found the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires in 1980 and has been responsible for many of the innovative financing and contracting methods that the Land Trust uses to create more affordable access to land. The Community Land Trust holds both agricultural and residential land in permanent affordable trust for the Berkshire region.

In 2006 she co-founded the BerkShares local currency program that has won unprecedented international media attention as a model for other regions. She created and administered the SHARE micro-credit program, the precursor of BerkShares, and in 1985 helped Robyn VanEn form the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in this country at Indian Line Farm.

Her talks and essays draw on stories from her practical experience in the Berkshires.

See list of Susan Witt’s published essays and links to her online articles.