by Shaun Chamberlin on September 8th, 2016
So, after years of work from me, and decades from David, the day is finally here – the official publication date for his astonishing lifework (and my paperback version of it)!!
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:
Launch events/book tour
for Lean Logic and Surviving the Future
Fri 2nd-Sun 4th Sept – Dark Mountain Basecamp festival, Embercombe, Devon
Sat 10th Sept – Small Is Beautiful festival, with Natalie Bennett, Andrew Simms and others. Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, mid-Wales
Sat 17th Sept – 9am-5pm – Towards a Localised Future: A New Economy Convergence, with Helena Norberg-Hodge, Molly Scott Cato, Michael H Shuman… Friends House, Camden, London
Mon 19th Sept – 11:30am-1:30pm – “Could Brexit lead to the rediscovery of culture grounded in place?”, celebration of the books with Jonathon Porritt. Trinity College, Oxford University
Weds 21st Sept – 6:30pm-8:30pm – The launch party at Daunt Books Chelsea, London
Mon 26th Sept – 7pm-9pm – Studio guest of Dave Hampton on MarlowFM, 97.5‘s weekly environment show
Weds 12th Oct – 8pm-10pm – Schumacher College Earth Talk on David Fleming, with Rob Hopkins. Dartington, Totnes
Thurs 20th Oct – evening – Talk at Global Co-operation House, Willesden, London (more details to come)
Mon 6th-Fri 10th Feb 2017 – Schumacher College week-long course on David’s work: Community, place and play: a post-market economics, with Mark Boyle, Rob Hopkins and Stephan Harding
Click links for more details or to book.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
by Shaun Chamberlin on August 21st, 2016
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His sudden death in 2010 left behind his great unpublished work—Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It—a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making.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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by Shaun Chamberlin on June 22nd, 2016
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 »
by Shaun Chamberlin on November 29th, 2015
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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by Shaun Chamberlin on June 19th, 2015
I am currently hunkered down working on a project close to my heart, editing my late friend and colleague Dr. David Fleming‘s incredible life’s work Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, for its publication by Chelsea Green later this year.
I did though hear about the pope’s interesting new encyclical. It’s well worth a browse (and do check out Rap News’ take), but here are a few of my favourite lines:
“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” (yep, this is an official document from the Pope!)
“The ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms.”
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