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A film on David Fleming’s legacy (!), a Spanish translation of Surviving the Future and much more

by Shaun Chamberlin on August 1st, 2017

Screenshot from Aug 17 mailout about the reception for David Fleming's books, including the forthcoming film

A screenshot from my latest missive to the swelling ranks of fans of David Fleming’s now award-winning books. Including details of the film now in production, eye-widening reviews, book giveaways, a Spanish translation, an American symposium, a Malaysian reading group, an Australian interview, a piece in the UK’s Guardian and much more globe-spanning excitement!

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David Fleming’s books spread their wings

by Shaun Chamberlin on May 12th, 2017

A screenshot from my latest mailing to fans of David Fleming’s work, detailing the amazing reception, reviews and events for his posthumous books.

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Community, Place and Play: A Post-Market Economics

by Shaun Chamberlin on January 26th, 2017

Community, Place and Play

In a couple of weeks (Feb 6-10) I’ll be leading a week-long course at Schumacher College based on David Fleming’s legacy: Community, Place and Play: A Post-Market Economics. It will be an exploration of what ‘life well lived’ looks like in a world of ecocide and collapsing civilisational structures, and a call for those present to ramp up their involvement in the informal economy of relationships and Nature. The key resources for a thriving future.

Myself, Rob Hopkins and Mark Boyle have all been walking variants of this path for at least the past decade or so, and are much looking forward to discussing and debating the most delicious, enlivening ways forward in today’s world. And all of us are deeply inspired by the work of David Fleming, the mentor I first met, along with Rob, when they taught me at Schumacher College ten short years ago. It feels a great honour to follow in his footsteps and continue his work.

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*Pinned post* – The ongoing book tour, and where to buy David Fleming’s books

by Shaun Chamberlin on December 7th, 2016

Lean Logic and Surviving the Future - book tour

After all the hard work, my late mentor’s astonishing books are now available.

There’s nothing I’m prouder to have been involved with, but several readers, understandably keen to avoid Amazon, mentioned that it wasn’t easy to find the books elsewhere online. So I’ve created a new, straightforward page with all you need.

Just look under “Order the books” at this link
(for books or e-books, delivered anywhere in the world)

 


Book tour

for Lean Logic and Surviving the Future

 

Forthcoming events:

 

21st-22nd Oct 2017Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like – author and activist Chuck Collins will discuss the impact David Fleming’s Surviving the Future had on him. South Royalton, Vermont, USA.

Thurs 30th Nov 2017 – 6:30-9:30pm – To mark the seventh anniversary of David Fleming’s death, I will host an evening with The Gaia Foundation at the beautiful Burgh House, honouring their late friend and fellow Hampstead resident. London, UK. Capacity limited. Full details to follow.

Fri 1st Dec 2017Sterling College will host an evening dedicated to David Fleming, with five influential devotees of his work – Peter Buffett, Chuck Collins, David Bollier, Margo Baldwin and Matthew Derr. Craftsbury Common, Vermont, USA. Full details to follow.

 

Past events:

 

Fri 2nd – Sun 4th Sept 2016Dark Mountain Basecamp festival, Embercombe, Devon:

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A Circle Closing

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 29th, 2016

A personal post this, on the sixth anniversary of my dear friend David Fleming’s death. A mournful day, but also one of great satisfaction, as his incredible books finally spread their wings and find the audience his genius always deserved.

Ten years on from our first meeting, on the Schumacher College course that utterly reshaped my decade since, and six years on from his death, I carry simply this immense gratitude for all that David was in my life and in our world.

What I wouldn’t give for one more side-splitting, enlightening conversation. And what an absolute honour to have been invited to teach a week’s course on his work at Schumacher College in February, a decade on, with fellow friends like Rob Hopkins, Mark Boyle and Stephan Harding alongside. May its ripples spread as far as its ancestor’s, which also gave birth to the Transition Towns Network.

At the top of this post I release footage of Jonathon Porritt discussing David Fleming’s legacy at Oxford University. And I hope David will forgive me and Schumacher College for having unearthed his below slightly nervous, rather endearing, rather brilliant public talk from the week of that course (immortalised in Rob’s foreword to Surviving the Future). Rest well, dear man.

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By popular demand, David Fleming’s interviews!

by Shaun Chamberlin on October 14th, 2016

David Fleming November 2010

At recent events I have played clips from interviews with the late, great David Fleming, and a few people have asked me to make the full footage available. So here it is:

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David Fleming’s posthumous book tour!

by Shaun Chamberlin on September 8th, 2016

daunt-event

So, after years of work from me, and decades from David, the day is finally here – the official publication date for his astonishing lifework!!

In truth, demand has already been such that the distributors have been struggling to keep up, but they’re ramping things up now, and the real promotional push starts here 🙂

Last week I circulated an email with full details of the books, the early reviews, tour events etc, but since two additional dates have already been added since, I thought I’d post an updatable listing of my tour here:

***Edit – Book tour details (including footage of past events and details of future ones) have now been moved here.***

Interview on David Fleming, music and hippos!

by Shaun Chamberlin on August 21st, 2016

Lean Logic and Surviving the Future

Last week the wonderful Brianne Goodspeed of Chelsea Green Publishing interviewed me on my late mentor David Fleming and the astonishing gift he left to the world.

His sudden death in 2010 left behind his great unpublished work—Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It—a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making.

In it, Fleming examines the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, economic, and cultural—upon which it is built. But his core focus is on what could follow its inevitable demise: his compelling, grounded vision for a cohesive society that provides a satisfying, culturally-rich context for lives well lived, in an economy not reliant on the impossible promise of eternal economic growth. A society worth living in. Worth fighting for. Worth contributing to.

And since his death, I have edited out a paperback version—Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy—to concisely present his rare insights and uniquely enjoyable writing style in a more conventional read-it-front-to-back format. Chelsea Green are simultaneously launching both on September 8th, but since I have just received my first copies, I believe some bookshops may have them already…

For more about the man, the books, and the hippo, read on!

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#Brexit, #Gaiexit and the borders of our globe

by Shaun Chamberlin on June 22nd, 2016

World Borders

On the eve of the #Brexit referendum, I have found myself struck by the juxtaposition of two exceptional pieces of writing which run somewhat deeper than the ‘lowest common denominator’ debate running in the mainstream media.

It wasn’t immediately clear to me which way I would vote, but reading these nuanced pieces – which draw out sensible reasons for considering both sides of the argument – helped me to make a decision.

The first is this piece by Giles Fraser in The Guardian. I believe Fraser has declared that he will vote ‘Out’, yet unlike many ‘Brexiteers’ his piece makes a crucial argument in favour of free movement for people: Read more »

David Fleming’s legendary Lean Logic approaching publication (at last!)

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 29th, 2015

Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It

I am pleased and proud to be able to mark the 5th anniversary of my friend David Fleming‘s death with the news that his life’s work is approaching publication.

I believe that a beautiful way to honour those we love after their death is to keep alive in the world that which was best in them. In David’s case, there was no clearer way to do so than to see his masterwork Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It reach the audience that deserves it.

As Rob Hopkins and Jonathon Porritt explain in their forewords (yet to be released), it is a book that has been hugely influential even before its publication!

The copy-edited manuscript is now with the publishers ahead of its summer release, but I thought I would mark today by sharing the new cover design (I love it!) and my introductory preface:

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