"To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing." - Raymond Williams

Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time

by Shaun Chamberlin on April 1st, 2020

Image for 'Surviving the Future: Conversation for Our Time' online course

This post is an invitation.

After the wonderful success of our rapidly-rearranged-to-online triple launch a fortnight ago – featuring Kate Raworth, Rob Hopkins and Caroline Lucas MP and now viewed over 25,000 times – we’d love you to join us to continue the conversation.

From Monday I will be leading Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time alongside Sterling College’s delightful Philip Ackerman-Leist, joined by Kate, Rob and further stars of The Sequel, as well as other compelling, internationally-renowned guests including Nate Hagens, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Richard Heinberg.

Enrolments are now open, and discounts/scholarships available to ensure that finances are no object to those who wish to join us in this precarious times.

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My coronavirus dilemma – weighing crises against each other?

by Shaun Chamberlin on March 12th, 2020

So, we have a sold-out London event on Monday, launching our film, book and online course. And all week I’ve been agonising – with the others involved – about whether to cancel it or not, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the time of writing (Thursday morning) the advice from the UK government and Public Health England is clear. Keep calm and carry on. Cancelling events would be too soon and could even be counterproductive.

And yet advice from analysts I trust and some established medical experts is quite different…

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‘The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?’ March 16th launch events

by Shaun Chamberlin on February 22nd, 2020

A screenshot from my latest newsletter.

Tickets are now on sale (and going fast!) for the launch of our film The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?, with guests Caroline Lucas MP, Kate Raworth and Rob Hopkins joining me and the film’s director Peter Armstrong for an event livestreamed globally by Extinction Rebellion.

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Fantastic reception for ‘The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?’, Extinction Rebellion involvement etc

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 15th, 2019

A screenshot from my latest newsletter.

Including a Guardian article on a US city inspired by Surviving the Future, reports from my activism with Extinction Rebellion, early reviews of our film ahead of the impending launch and the latest developments around TEQs.

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Realists of a larger reality

by Shaun Chamberlin on January 18th, 2019

In 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters with a deliciously powerful speech:

Aware that her time was nearing its end, she declared that her “beautiful reward” was accepted on behalf of, and shared with…

. . . writers of the imagination who, for the last fifty years, watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.

I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now. Who can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries; the realists of a larger reality.

. . . We live in capitalism; its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.

Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art: the art of words. . . . The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.

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David Fleming film complete! 😍 The European Parliament discuss his work + audiobook going out via online radio

by Shaun Chamberlin on November 13th, 2018

Screenshot from Nov 18 mailout about David Fleming's legacy

A screenshot from my most exciting update yet on all that’s afoot around David Fleming’s award-winning books and wider legacy!

Including details of the initial exclusive film launch, discussion of the TEQs system he invented at the European Parliament, his work being taught in several universities and an online course, Peter Buffett’s new weekly radio show about the books, an online version of the Dictionary for the Future and much more…

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‘The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?’

by Shaun Chamberlin on July 28th, 2018

This post was originally written by me for the film’s own blog, but I have kindly given myself permission to reproduce it here 😉

As executive producer of The Sequel, I’m proud of what we’ve created, and can’t wait to see the impact it has in the hands of the wonderful Bullfrog Films!

Emerging from a few months of frantic editorial work, we have two exciting pieces of news:

  1. the film is finished! We are absolutely delighted with the final, hour-long creation, and much look forward to hearing what you all think.
  2. …and, happily, it’s not just us who rates it. The ever-impressive Bullfrog Films have had a sneak preview and immediately signed up as our global distributor. Fantastic news!

We are also exploring the possibility of taking on a separate distribution partner for the UK/Europe (contacts welcome!), but utterly thrilled to have such distinguished partners helping bring our work to a wider audience worldwide.

Without doubt this early success owes a huge debt to all of you, both for your input to the finished film and for the enthusiastic sharing that has led to over 4.5 million views for our tasters, like the one above. Thank you.
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Audiobook launch, free books, first film screening, 1st prize at the New York Book Show, Sterling College course…

by Shaun Chamberlin on March 20th, 2018

Screenshot from Mar '18 mailout about the reception for David Fleming's books, including the new audiobook

A bumper update on all that is afoot around the late David Fleming’s books! Including details of the audiobook launched yesterday, winning 1st prize at the New York Book Show, free book possibilities, the first screening of our film, a Sterling College course based around David’s work and much more…

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Sterling College symposium on David Fleming’s legacy

by Shaun Chamberlin on January 31st, 2018

Sterling College have posted a report on last month’s Surviving the Future symposium, including these wonderful video highlights:

So nourishing to see the impact David Fleming’s work and vision is having on influential thinkers like Peter Buffett, Richard Heinberg and David Bollier!

“The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?”: a film about the extraordinary task of inventing a future…

by Shaun Chamberlin on October 13th, 2017

Our film about David Fleming’s potent legacy is starting to take shape. See above for the first taster – a beautiful five minute wander through Deep Time, with a shocking ending..!

I’m so proud of these tasters, and happy to see that they’re currently going viral on Facebook, with over 1.5m 2.5m 4m views already. For more head over to the home of the film:
https://www.flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/the-sequel/

We look forward to hearing your thoughts there, especially on what else should be included when the final film comes out next summer 🙂