Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time

by | Apr 1, 2020

December 2020 update: We have reached our cap of 100 participants for the second run of the course, starting Jan 4th 2021, and so have closed enrolments. You can sign up to be notified about our next course here.

April 2020 update: Due to overwhelming interest, we’ve closed enrolments for ‘Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time‘. With over 245 enrolled, we simply don’t feel we can accommodate more. If you missed out, fear not, we will run it again.

And remains free access!

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.

I must say, I’m rather intrigued and excited to connect with you all in thinking through our times, and to see what emerges from these conversations.

Not least since this course represents just the first output of Sterling College’s new $1.5million EcoGather program grounded in David Fleming’s work! Our conversations and tentative conclusions will help to shape how that progresses over the coming years.

Photograph of the late Dr. David Fleming in an oak tree. By Henrik Dahle, 4th November 2010.

And of course, it’s a rather timely conversation, with us all stuck at home and rather more keenly pondering the shape of the future… not to mention Extinction Rebellion being so enamoured that they decided to livestream our film The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? to all their followers twice over the past fortnight.

It feels quite a moment for David Fleming’s legacy, with his audience perhaps catching up to him only a decade after his sudden passing. The third newly-launched element is the new interactive and searchable Very useful when you want to track down that half-remembered quote! I’ll get another blog post out about that when time allows, but by all means have a play with that marvelous new resource in the meantime.

These are certainly busy days for me (I look at all the ‘bored quarantine’ memes with a sort of wistful amusement!), but it’s just amazing – and wonderful – to think that all of this has emerged from David’s efforts all those decades ago. And indeed mine when I sat down to craft Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy. We really had no idea…

The Butterfly Effect indeed!


  1. Michael P Mielke


    Reach is critical if this is to matter.

    Make it no-cost, or donations requested.

    Otherwise, I do not expect it will contribute or penetrate.


  2. Shaun Chamberlin

    Agreed Michael. That’s why we made scholarships (free access) easily available. And happily we’ve had an absolute deluge of participants!


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