Terms and Conditions

Schumacher Network Terms and Conditions


The Schumacher Network is an emerging social movement, a network of relationships and sharing understandings to co-create and co-produce the world we want to see. It is about making visible and empowering this large, vibrant and diverse community – to showcase, inspire and connect what we are doing, to be part of a global movement for sustainable change.  A virtual forum to make the invisible, visible. 

We can connect with like-minded people, communicate our ideas, stories and news, and collaborate together to form groups and communities of practice, worldwide.

It’s important to have a few house rules to make sure this works for all involved and that it is held responsibly and legally. Please feel to read the policy below. The policy will change - when that happens you will know when you log in with an alert.

Your use of the Schumacher Network website constitutes your acceptance of the Schumacher Network Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about any part of these, please email us at  community@schumachercollege.org.uk.


www.schumachernetwork.org is a website operated by Schumacher College.  ("Schumacher Network", "we" or "us"). Schumacher College is a department of The Dartington Hall Trust. We are registered in England and Wales as a company (1485560) and charity (279756) and have our registered office at Elmhirst Centre, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EL.

Since its inception, and written into the promises made to the crowdfunders who enabled the project in 2015, this 'Schumacher Network Platform' is held by Schumacher College on behalf of the Schumacher Community worldwide.


2.1 This Agreement, together with the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines and the Schumacher Network Privacy Policy, tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of our website www.schumachernetwork.org (the "Site"), whether as a guest or a registered user using the services offered by Schumacher Network through the Site (the "Schumacher Network Service").

2.2 Before registering for the Schumacher Network Service or using the Site, you must take the time to read and fully understand this Agreement. By using the Site without registering, you affirm that you are bound by this Agreement each time you access the Site. By registering for the Schumacher Network Service, you accept that you are entering into a contract with us on the terms of this Agreement. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Site and the Schumacher Network Service through your internet connection are aware of, and abide by, the terms of this Agreement.

2.3 Schumacher Network may revise this Agreement (the "Revised Agreement") at any time by amending this page. When we do so, we will notify you of the fact that there is a Revised Agreement on the home page of the Site and post a link to the Revised Agreement there. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of the terms of the Revised Agreement. If you do not agree to be bound by the terms of the Revised Agreement then do not continue to use or access the Schumacher Network Site. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published on our Site.


3.1 You must be at least thirteen years of age to use the Schumacher Network Service. By using the Schumacher Network Service, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen years or older. Any use of the Schumacher Network Service by anyone under the age of thirteen is strictly prohibited and is in violation of this Agreement.

3.2 Access to our Site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our Site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our Site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3.3 The Site and the Schumacher Network Platform Service may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. We assume no responsibility for any omission, interruption, error, delay, deletion, or defect in operation of the Site or Schumacher Network Service. We are not responsible for any technical malfunction or other problems of any telephone network or service, computer systems, servers or providers, computer or mobile phone equipment, software, failure of email or players resulting from or in connection with any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, including injury or damage to you or to any other person's computer or other hardware or software, related to or resulting from using or downloading materials in connection with the Internet and/or in connection with the Schumacher Network Service.

3.4 If you choose, or you are provided with, a username identification, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any username identification or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of this Agreement.

3.5 When using the Site, you must comply with the provisions of the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines.

3.6 Schumacher Network is not an internet service provider. In order to use the Schumacher Network Service, you must have internet access and all the software and skills required for email and web usage.


We aim to update our Site regularly and may change content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our Site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our Site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.


6.1 We are owner and manager of the website software, and processor and handler of the data, and the licensee of all the intellectual property rights herein, and in the material published on it.

You, the user, are the owner of your own content.

This includes content, information, pictures, images, sounds, videos, graphics, software, or files of any kind whatsoever that you or any other Registered User posts on the Site or otherwise makes available or accessible to other Registered Users or users of the Site and Schumacher Network Service ("Content"). This content is protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

6.2 By submitting Content, you:

  1. are representing and warranting that:
    1. you are fully entitled to do so;
    2. you are the sole owner of the Content or are otherwise authorised by the owner of the content to post the Content on the Schumacher Network Service;
    3. the posting of the Content on the Schumacher Network Service will not violate the rights (including intellectual property rights) of any third party or any applicable laws, whether criminal, tortious or otherwise;
    4. the Content will comply with this Agreement, including the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines.
  2. authorise us to use, copy, adapt, distribute and disclose the Content at our discretion, and so waive your moral rights in the Content in question.

6.4 You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our Site for your personal reference and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on our Site. You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any material you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

6.5 Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our Site must always be acknowledged.

6.6 You must not use any part of the materials on our Site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us.

    1. If you print off, copy or download any part of our Site in breach of this Agreement, your right to use our Site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.
    2. Any other use which we may decide is inappropriate.


7.1 Users who are eligible to register and are registered in accordance with the terms of this Agreement on the Schumacher Network Service are known as "Registered Users". If you are accessing Schumacher Network on behalf of a Company or other legal entity, you are nevertheless individually bound by these conditions.

7.2 In consideration of your use of the Schumacher Network Service, you undertake to :-

  1. register for the Schumacher Network Service using true, accurate and current information about yourself- including your correct name, address and any other requested details ("Your Details");
  2. maintain the accuracy of Your Profile and Account Settings by promptly notifying us when there is a change to Your Profile by making the necessary amendments to Your Profile. It is particularly important that the email address we hold for you is kept up-to-date and that you have full access to it as we will be sending you important messages to your email address;
  3. maintain at all times the confidentiality of your password and not disclose your password to any third party. Please note that for security or other reasons, we may require you to change your password or other information which facilitates access to the Schumacher Network Service;
  4. be responsible for the use of your Registered User account including all actions that take place using your account; and
  5. notify us immediately if you suspect there has been unauthorised use of your Registered User account.

7.3 As part of the registration process for the Schumacher Network Service, you will receive a verification email, the purpose of which is to take reasonable steps to ensure that the email address you have nominated during registration is controlled by you. That email contains simple instructions which you must follow.


8.1 You agree to use the Schumacher Network Service only for your personal non-commercial use.

8.2 The Schumacher Network Service is intended to be used by its Registered Users for the purposes referred to in this Agreement. Accordingly, you must not use the Schumacher Network Service or the Site generally in an unlawful manner or in a manner that breaches this Agreement (including the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines).

8.3 Without prejudice to the generality of clause 8.4 below, if you breach any clause of this Agreement we may terminate your membership with or without notice to you.

8.4 We reserve the right in our sole discretion:

  1. to suspend or terminate your or any Registered User's access to the Schumacher Network Service, or parts of it; and/or
  2. to remove, or require you or any other Registered User to remove Content, if you or the relevant Registered User or Content appears to us, or to a complainant, to be in breach of any provision of this Agreement.

8.5 If your access has been suspended or terminated you must not re-register for, or re-access, the Schumacher Network Service without our prior consent.

8.6 You are responsible for everything which is done on or through the Schumacher Network Service while your membership account is logged on to the Schumacher Network Service, or through your email address(es).

8.7 Where we reserve a right in this Agreement, it does not mean we are obliged to exercise it. Also, you acknowledge that given the open-access nature of the Schumacher Network Service, we cannot prevent determined people whose membership has been suspended or terminated from re-accessing or re-registering as Registered Users, in breach of their obligations under this Agreement.


9.1 You may create, manage, operate and maintain your Registered User account by:

  1. creating a Group or joining as a member of a group
  2. creating an Event or Enrolling on an Event
  3. posting your name, profile information on your profile page ("Profile Information");
  4. accessing the profile pages of other Registered Users;
  5. posting comments on postings and topics of other Registered Users;
  6. receiving personal messages, which will be stored in your Schumacher Network messaging inbox. Notification of receiving a message will be sent to the email address contained in your "Account Settings”, unless this function is disabled by You;
  7. opening and reading messages received into your Schumacher Network inbox;
  8. sending messages to other members of a group you are an administrator of;
  9. posting updates of your activities on your Profile Page and to the community activity stream; and
  10. posting updates of your activity on the Group which you are a member of.

9.2 The above list is not exhaustive and there may be additional functions available on the Schumacher Network Service. Schumacher Network does not represent that the functions listed will always be available and reserves the right to remove functions in its sole discretion at any time.

9.3 From time to time, Schumacher Network may offer new or additional services through the Schumacher Network Service. Your use of those services may be subject to additional terms and conditions, or rules of use, which you must comply with. Any failure by you to comply with a material provision of the terms or rules governing such additional services will amount to a breach of this Agreement and enable us to terminate this Agreement with you.


10.1 A "Group" is n available place on the Site dedicated to a particular theme or topic. An "Event" is a place on the Site dedicated to a particular event. You may choose to follow, join, or request to join, any Group or Event which you are able to view and in which you have an interest.

10.2 You can find more information on the functions of Groups on the 'Guide' section.


11.1 This Agreement incorporates by reference the terms of the Schumacher Network Privacy Policy. By agreeing to this Agreement, you give your consent to the way we may handle your personal data as detailed in the Schumacher Network Privacy Policy. Given the global nature of the World Wide Web, any posting on the Schumacher Network Service (including any which contain personal information) is, of course, accessible to Internet users around the world;


12.1 You acknowledge that we are not and cannot be responsible for the Content or behaviour of other Registered Users - whether on the Schumacher Network Service or outside of it. We only provide a venue where the Schumacher Network Service may be accessed.

12.2 If you see anything on the Schumacher Network Service which appears to breach any clause of this Agreement, then please contact us to inform us of it by emailing us at community@schumachercollege.org.uk

12.3 You acknowledge that we do not monitor or approve all Content, and so we are reliant upon users to point out any Content which breaches this Agreement. Although we provide rules for Registered Users' conduct and Content postings, we do not approve or control and are not responsible for what Registered Users post, transmit or share on the Site and are not responsible for any inappropriate, obscene, offensive, unlawful or otherwise objectionable Content you may come across on the Site or in connection with any third party Platform Applications, software or Content.

12.4 You acknowledge that we may delete or remove any Content, or move any Content from a place on the Site which all Registered Users can access to a place that is only accessible by your Friends, without notice and in our sole discretion, for any reason, including Content that we decide in our sole discretion breaches this Agreement including the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines, or which might be inconsistent with the Schumacher Network brand values (which we determine from time to time in our sole discretion) or bring the Schumacher Network Service into disrepute. You are solely responsible at your sole cost and expense for creating backup copies and replacing any Content you post or store on the Site or provide to us.


13.1 The Schumacher Network Service contains links to third party websites ("Third Party Sites"). We have no control over the content of Third Party Sites and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. You acknowledge that you access and use Third Party Sites from the Schumacher Network Service at your own risk.


14.1 The Site, the Schumacher Network Service, and the Content are provided "as-is" and we disclaim any and all representations and warranties, whether express or implied, including implied warranties of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. We cannot guarantee and do not promise any specific results from use of the Site and/or the Schumacher Network Service. We do not represent or warrant that software, Content or materials on the Site, the Schumacher Network Service are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free or that the Site or Schumacher Network Service, its servers, are free of viruses or other harmful components. Without limiting the foregoing, you understand and agree that you download or otherwise obtain content, material, data or software from or through the Schumacher Network Service at your own risk and that you will be solely responsible for your use of them and any damages to your computer system, loss of data or other harm of any kind that may result.

14.2 We accept no responsibility for the truth or accuracy of any material available on the Schumacher Network Service and Site, whether provided by Registered Users or others. We disclaim all liability arising from any reliance placed by any person (whether or not a Registered User) on material available on the Schumacher Network Service and Site.

14.3 You should exercise no lesser degree of caution in appraising what you see on the Schumacher Network Service than you do offline.

14.4 You acknowledge that even though Registered Users are prohibited from doing so, they may provide information, or otherwise behave, in a way that is unreliable, misleading or even illegal. Further, you acknowledge that people may not necessarily be who they say they are.

14.5 We encourage Registered Users to report misleading or false information and Content to the Schumacher Network website administrators using the following email address: community@schumachercollege.org.uk


15.1 To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will we, or our directors, employees or agents be liable to you or any third party for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, exemplary or incidental loss or damage caused to you or your hardware, software, data or information, or for any loss of data, profit, revenue or business, arising from your use of the Site or the Schumacher Network Service, any Platform Applications, or Content, information or other materials on the Site, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages.

15.2 We will also not be liable for any failure to perform any of our obligations under this Agreement caused by matters beyond our reasonable control.


You agree to indemnify and hold Schumacher Network and its affiliates harmless from all loss, liabilities, claims, demands and expenses (including reasonable legal fees) made by any third party that may arise from any breach of this Agreement by you or through a machine on which you access the Schumacher Network Service or otherwise in relation to any software, or Content you post or share on the Site or via the Schumacher Network Service.


18.1 We reserve the right to assign this Agreement, and to assign, subcontract or otherwise transfer any or all of our rights and obligations under this Agreement.

18.2 You may not without the written consent of Schumacher Network assign or dispose of this Agreement or any of your rights or obligations under it.


19.1 This Agreement includes the Schumacher Network Privacy Policy and the Schumacher Network Community Guidelines. Together they contain the whole of this Agreement between us and you concerning the Schumacher Network Service and they replace all earlier agreements and understandings with you, except for any fraud or fraudulent representation by either of us.

19.2 A person who is not a party to this Agreement has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to rely upon or enforce any term of this Agreement.


In the event that any term of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable by judicial decree or decision, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable.


The English courts will have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our Site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in any other country as relevant under applicable law.

This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.


If you have any concerns about material which appears on our Site, or you wish to contact us, please do so at community@schumachercollege.org.uk