Making Reparations: Seeding a Just Future | Schumacher Conversations

Schumacher Center for New Economics

Year: 2023

As the 50th anniversary of the book Small is Beautiful, 2023 is an opportunity to advance solutions to today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges that build on Schumacher’s original vision.

To meet this calling, the Schumacher Center was convening a monthly series featuring New Economic thinkers, builders and activists from a range of fields. “Schumacher Conversations: Envisioning the Next 50 Years” brought together change-makers whose work today is actively shaping a ‘small is beautiful’ future, organized around 12 key themes and fields of activism.

February’s theme was: Making Reparations: Seeding a Just Future. This online event took place Thursday, February 16th at 2PM (EST).

  • Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) economist, environmentalist, Native American activist, and co-founder of Honor the Earth. She created a Community Land Trust structure to regather lost Ojibiwe land at the White Earth Land Recovery Project, using donated funds to repurchase land.
  • Chief Kelly LaRocca is Chief of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Director for the National Lands Advisory Board for First Nations Lands Management in Canada. Acting on behalf of the Scucog Island First Nation, Chief Kelly successfully obtained reparation funding from the Canadian government.
  • Robin Rue Simmons is founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair, which trains elected officials in other communities on city-funded reparations, and chairperson of the City of Evanston, Illinois Reparations Committee. A former city Alderman, she spearheaded a bill in Evanston that provided reparations funding at the municipal level.
  • Kali Akuno, Co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson who sits on the Schumacher Center’s Board of Directors, moderates the conversation. Kali brings experience in grassroots organizing in Jackson, Mississippi, gaining access to land for homes and small enterprise to provide greater economic security through cooperation.