Small Is Still Beautiful

An Economics Roundtable

An Answer to Consumerism

E.F. Schumacher argued that our current pursuit of profit and progress which promotes giant organizations has resulted in gross economic inefficiency, environmental pollution and inhumane working conditions. He proposed a system of intermediate technology, based on smaller working units and regional workplaces, utilizing local resources. This talk takes up the themes of economic and political "smallness" for the new millennium. It offers an alternative to global consumerism. This is not an anti-free market book. It's is simply a book written by someone who believes that there might be a "third way" to the economic problems that we face. The Roundtable discussion will be based on this book and will be interactive.

An Answer to Consumerism

Monday, March 3rd, 2:30pm

Room 100 Learning Hub, Central College

Professor Richard Gosselin

Richard Gosselin is a professor of economics at Houston Community College. He also serves as the Program Coordinator for economics with the college. He has been recognized by his peers for teaching excellence by twice winning the Teaching Innovation award and the NISOD award, which recognizes teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. He has written reviews for over a dozen textbooks and has authored instructors manuals, test banks and student study guides for one of the nation's leading economics textbooks. He is the founder and past president of the National Economics Teaching Association and has served as president of Houston Family Foundation. Richard is also a guest lecturer with the Center for the American Republic, a program of the Free Enterprise Institute.