Indicates directions individuals can take to make a workable future for themselves, stressing that man can control and redirect technology and large institutions by recognizing the importance of the human being....
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There were sections I found tedious, but many others I found engaging. Some of my favorite ideas / quotes: "You are put into this life with the task of learning to distinguish between that which is really real and really important and permanent and of true value on the one hand, and things trivial, amusing, ephemeral, and of no real value on the other hand. ""He immediately understood there was something wrong in having a census which treats people as if they were units, whereas they are not. Each is a universe."The idea that you cannot be a good manager without actually doing the hands-on work, and you cannot be the best at the hands on work without understanding management.Organizations should be designed to enable the three things workers want: To act in accordance with their moral impulses, to render service to others, and to be "autonomous centers of power and responsibility, that is, to be creatively engaged, using and developing the gifts that we have"The idea of intermediate technology. Though I was exposed to this in Schumacher's other works.
Not that I agree with everything he says, but all of it makes sense, and almost all of it still applies today. We live in a world governed by corporate capitalism - Schumacher gives some ways of how it could be different, with real examples, like Scott-Bader of Wollaston, a little village near where I was born.
My love for appropriate technology and all things Schumacher lead to this particular read - with literally every book out there quoting only this particular author in any given situation, it was interesting to see something that was different, however ironic that it had to come from the same author.
Interesting thoughts but let down by the style which sounds as if Schumacher has dictated a kitchen table conversation.
It's unfortunate that the first chapter looks completely silly thirty-five years on, with its certainty that: oil will run out by 1995; people will flee cities; manufacturing will therefore shrink.
It's been over two decades since I read this. It was a seminal book for me. I'm still on the same road. Old E.F. was a smart cookie. A "fart smeller", as my dad would say!