Susan Witt is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Previously, she was the Education Director and member of the Board of Directors of the New Economics Institute -- and the Executive Director of the E. F. Schumacher Society, the predecessor of New Economics Institute. In 1980 she helped found the Society and led the development of its highly regarded publications, library, seminars, and other educational programs while at the same time implementing Schumacher’s economic ideas in her home region of the Berkshires.
Susan 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. In 1982 she created and administered the SHARE micro-credit program, the precursor of BerkShares, and in 1985 helped Robyn Van En form the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in the United States at Indian Line Farm. In 2006 she co-founded the BerkShares local currency program, which has won unprecedented international media attention as a model for other regions.
Her essays appear in Rooted in the Land, edited by William Vitek and Wes Jackson (Yale University Press, 1996); People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures, edited by Hildegarde Hannum (Yale University Press, 1997); the 1999 edition of Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, by Ernest Fritz Schumacher (Hartley and Marks Publishers, 1999); A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology, edited by Chris Anderson and Lex Runciman (Mayfield Publishing Company, 2000); Environmental Activists, edited by John Mongillo (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001); The Money Changers: Currency Reform from Aristotle to E-cash, edited by David Boyle (Earthscan Publications, 2002); The Essential Agrarian Reader, edited by Norman Wirzberg (University Press of Kentucky, 2003); and What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, edited by Stephen Goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth (New Village Press, 2010).
See Archive of Susan Witt's articles and essays; Article about Susan Witt from The Women's Times (PDF); Essay on Jane Jacobs by Susan Witt