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Small Is Still Beautiful

A few days ago, Hampton Wick based charity Jeevika had the pleasure of hosting a lively panel discussion in Richmond to explore how the ideas of radical economist E.F.Schumacher can help us face today’s economic and environmental crises – ‘Is Small still Beautiful? – well-being in an age of austerity’.

Please do take just 3 minutes to watch highlights from the event.

On the panel were local MP Zac Goldsmith, Rohan Silva (senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister), Andrew Simms (Fellow, new economics foundation) and Andrew Redpath (Executive Director, Jeevika Trust). The evening was chaired by Diana Schumacher OBE founder of the Schumacher Society and a patron of Jeevika Trust.

The panel’s answer to the question was a resounding YES – time and again small organisations, human-scale initiatives and local community engagement are showing that things can get done without big government and corporate power.

This is as true in village India as it is in Britain. Even today, rural India remains the world’s single biggest poverty trap. If you’d like to support Jeevika’s work building village livelihoods in India please visit their website at

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