Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful. E.F. Schumacher.
E.F. Schumacher produced inspiring models and practical tools that empowered people to shape their futures. Best known for his book Small Is Beautiful, he believed that economics should serve people, rather than the other way around.
He also focused on developing forms of technology that enabled people to take more charge their lives, rather than rely on big institutions or corporations.
Towards the end of his life Fritz, as he was known, wrote about the spiritual underpinnings of his approach. Central to this was his notion of good work.
He believed that work had a three-fold purpose.
To provide people with useful goods and services.
To provide people with the chance to use and perfect their gifts.
To provide people with the chance to collaborate with others in order to liberate themselves from inbuilt egocentricity.
Fritz believed that our education systems should be geared to helping people topursue these themes. He expanded on these ideas in his later books, such as Good Work and A Guide For The Perplexed.