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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 a couple of interviews with the late, great David Fleming, and a few people have asked me to make the full interviews available. So here they are:

4th November 2010 – Interview on ‘Lean Logic’ and much else, up a tree!
(see above pic – audio – courtesy of the wonderful Henrik Dahle of Uptrees)

4th August 2009 – Interview on peak oil in his flat in Hampstead
(video – courtesy of Richard O’Rourke, of ASPO Ireland)

If anyone has access to additional recordings of David, I’d love to hear from you.

And by the way, here’s a beautiful at-a-glance summary of the reviews for his posthumous books to date. A great start!

David Fleming’s posthumous book tour!

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 SeptDark Mountain Basecamp festival, Embercombe, Devon

Sat 10th SeptSmall 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
(listen again here, from the 3 minute mark)

Weds 12th Oct – 8pm-10pm – Schumacher College Earth Talk on David Fleming, with Rob Hopkins. Dartington, Totnes
(full footage available here)

Thurs 20th Oct – 7pm-8:30pm – “We, Not Me: Community and Unity”, a celebration of World Values Day. Global Co-operation House, Willesden, London

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!

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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