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Diana Schumacher

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Diana Schumacher "has read History at Oxford University, worked for the British Council in the London HQ in the Education division and subsequently for the University of Chicago’s Department of Business Studies. In 1979, together with her husband, she set up Schumacher Projects partnership, a management and environmental consultancy. She is now also a non-executive director of Work Structuring Limited, a company founded by her husband focused on organisational renewal and the creation of ’whole’ work systems.

"In addition to the above, since the early 1970s Diana has been actively involved in the international and UK environmental movement. Her main interests are the 4 E’s – Energy, Environment, Education and Economics – all intimately connected basics of a holistic approach to sustainability.

"Diana serves or has served on the executive councils of over twenty-five environmental organisations, including The Environmental Action Group for Europe (ECOROPA), The Other Economic Summit (TOES) (founder member), The New Economics Foundation (founder member/trustee), The Green Alliance (executive member), The Gandhi Foundation (trustee), and The Church of England Environmental Issues Reference Panel (now defunct). She was a founder member of the Churches’ Energy Group and former patron of Christian Ecology Link (CEL). In 1981, she co-founded the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) of which she was Vice Chair until 1999, and is still very active on the Executive Council and as Vice President.

"In 1978 Diana became a founder member of the Schumacher Society of which she was President from 1989 to 2000. She maintains an active role as Council Member. Apart from lecturing internationally she instituted and annually donated the prestigious "Schumacher Award" for unsung heroes and heroines in the community and environment movement. Together with Lord Attenborough Diana also instituted and donated the annual UK Gandhi Peace Award.

"Diana is the co-founder of "Green Books", a small independent specialist publishing company under the aegis of Schumacher Society. She is also Patron of Schumacher College an innovative international think tank where she was an advisory council member during the start-up period (1991-1994). She is an active supporter of a number of other ethical and environmental organisations including the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, UK Social Investment Forum (patron) and a Council Member of the Global Women's Network.

"Diana is a frequent contributor to journals and magazines on the subjects of energy, environment and holistic thinking, and is on the editorial board of European Business Review and the Warmer Bulletin. Her own publications include Energy: Crisis or Opportunity?, Going Solar, Solar Flatplate Collectors for Developing Countries and numerous anthology contributions." [1]

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  1. Honorary Advisory Board, International Simultaneous Policy Organisation, accessed March 3, 2009.
  2. Directors, UK Social Investment Forum, accessed November 3, 2009.
  3. Patrons, Wyse International, accessed October 19, 2011.
  4. Tree Aid Patrons, organizational web page, accessed April 2, 2012.
  5. Team, Jeevika Trust UK, accessed December 12, 2011.