Diana was awarded an OBE in June 2011 for services to the environment, sustainable development and to humanitarian issues. This recognised her voluntary work serving on the councils or executives of over 25 pioneering environmental and development organisations, has been recognised with the with the hope of bringing some of them together in recognition that their aims are interrelated. Read more here.
She recently finished writing Small is Beautiful in the 21st Century, which traces Schumacher’s legacy through the activities and outreach of pioneers who, over the years, have been working on practical solutions to our interrelated global crises. It describes how several flourishing organisations, some large and some small, have remained closely linked with his ideas and work, and have since become associated as the Schumacher Circle. It should be available some time this month.
The Schumacher Centenary Festival
The Schumacher Centenary Festival, Time For a New Direction, was held on Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th October, Bristol. The weekend event will celebrate the life and vision of E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed and pioneer of green economics. See the website of Schumacher UK.
The Jeevika Trust
In 2012, Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, joined Rohan Silva (Senior Policy Adviser, 10 Downing Street), Andrew Simms (Fellow, new economics foundation) and Jeevika’s Director Andrew Redpath in a panel discussion entitled ‘Is Small still Beautiful?’ chaired by Diana. The panel discussed a range of issues including the global economic and environmental crises, the Big Society, the role of charity, the ‘two Indias’ rich and poor – and the ideas of radical economist E.F Schumacher, author of “Small is Beautiful – economics as if people mattered” which called for economies to be decentralized, human-scaled, and based upon appropriate sustainable technologies.
The event attended by more than 200 people was held at Duke Street Church, on the 26th January, and was organised by the Jeevika Trust in order to celebrate the birth centenary of E.F. Schumacher.
BIG Green Week, Bristol
The very first BIG Green Week festival programme features one hundred events over nine days in Bristol, from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th June – and seven of those days will have a Schumacher Lecture as the main event of the evening – making this the largest Schumacher Lectures ever.
In the words of Festival chair Jonathon Porritt, ‘the Big Green Week has been designed to inspire and empower people, to give them a feel for so much of the creative thinking and practical action that is going on all around the country.’