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News from Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun opens with a reference to a workshop at the first national gathering of the U.S. Transition movement: “All 180 attendees at that gathering were gifted a copy of Surviving the Future, courtesy of a wealthy fan of the book, and to honour Fleming’s influence on the birth of Transition“. He refers to Mark Boyle’s article in The Guardian and we note this paragraph:

“The late David Fleming – one of the greatest thinkers you’ve probably never heard of – said in his recent posthumously published magnum opus, Lean Logic, that “localisation stands, at best, at the limits of practical possibility, but it has the decisive argument in its favour that there will be no alternative”.

A Spanish publisher has now signed up to translate and publish Surviving the Future for the world’s half-billion Spanish speakers!

Shaun continues: “And filming is now underway for an hour-long film on David Fleming’s life, legacy and vision, provisionally titled The Seed Beneath The Snow! BAFTA lifetime achievement award winning director Peter Armstrong is at the helm, and I hope to be able to include an early teaser clip in the next update – stay tuned…”

 

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Exciting developments! So, where to begin?

The reviews to date have been spectacular, and have led to over 5,000 early book sales. The book tour has so far taken in several festivals, Oxford University, a week-long course at Schumacher College, and a number of bookshops, think tanks and radio stations (footage here). I’ve been invited to several interviews on the books, from the Peak Prosperity discussion that has had over 12,000 views on Youtube to others including Radio EcoshockLegalise Freedomthe Permaculture Podcast and Resonance FM. There was also a FEASTA webinar and a particularly entertaining chat with Australia’s Greening the Apocalypse crew.

Written opinion pieces about the books have been published by OpenDemocracyKosmosPermaculture magazine and Chelsea Green. And other thinkers are beginning to riff off Fleming’s work, from renowned philosopher Roger Scruton’s thoughtful essay relating traditional conservatism to Fleming’s environmentalism, to Patrick Noble dedicating his latest book to the inspiration he found in Lean Logic!  Dan Jones, originator of Lean Thinking, has also been in touch to express his delight at the “mightily impressive tome”, while influential writer Richard Heinberg’s powerful piece “Are We Doomed?  Let’s Have a Talk” has been sparking a lot of conversations online this week.

Fans of the books have organised reading groups from Ireland to Malaysia, Vermont’s impressive Sterling College are organising a symposium based on David’s work this autumn and the New England Book Show gave Lean Logic their design award for its uniquely-realised structure.  And this November the Gaia Foundation – David’s Hampstead neighbours – will mark the 7th anniversary of his death with a celebration of his ongoing influence.

The books were also named in ‘best of 2016’ lists by both GreenBiz and The Times Higher Education Supplement!

This dedicated page on the Fleming Policy Centre website has at-a-glance summaries of the reviews to date, videos from the launch events, links to buy the books etc:  http://www.flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/lean-logic-surviving-the-future/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7eNlvN-0o  

VIDEO (8 mins): 2016 event at Trinity College, Oxford University, Jonathon Porritt and Shaun Chamberlin discuss the work of David Fleming (Trinity alumnus ) focusing on economic collapse and the rediscovery of culture grounded in place. They were celebrating the launch of ‘Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It’ and the paperback ‘Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy’.

Follow @LeanDictionary on Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the latest

 

 

 

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News from Shaun Chamberlin and David Fleming

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Shaun has now made David Fleming‘s unique masterwork Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, available to pre-order in the UK, click here.

It has been produced with an exceptional level of care and attention from Chelsea Green’s design team – who told Shaun they felt they were handling a classic. The book has a foreword from Jonathon Porritt, completed endnotes and (epic!) bibliography, full index, editor’s preface and several wood engravings selected or commissioned by David. Shaun has also edited a paperback version – Surviving the Future – in a more conventional read-it-front-to-back format, and at around a quarter of the length.

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Shaun will be giving a Schumacher College talk with Rob Hopkins next week and there will be a week-long Schumacher College course on David’s work in February.

Last year Shaun lead authored a peer-reviewed academic paper on David’s TEQs (Tradable Energy Quotas) system, which was published in April. The Ecological Land Co-operative (which he chaired at the time) also raised over £300k in community finance and purchased a second piece of land, in Sussex, to make available their next set of eco-smallholdings: http://ecologicalland.coop/ . His article was published in STIR magazine introducing what the ELC is about: http://www.stirtoaction.com/article/the-law-of-the-land

And, cited in a May post on this website:

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