Community, Place, and Play –
Surviving the Future with the late David Fleming
Webinar with Shaun Chamberlin and Helena Norberg-Hodge
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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In a time of disintegrating certainties, many of us have big questions: “How should we live?”, “What work should we do?”, “How can we help ourselves and each other?”.
This free webinar, jointly organized by Local Futures and Transition US, is an opportunity to dig deeper into the nourishing work of the late Dr. David Fleming, author of Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy. Already a key influence on thinkers and activists in Europe, his compelling, entertaining, and powerfully-different vision for a post-growth society is currently attracting great interest around the world. Based in rediscovering the play, humor and rootedness of a rich culture, his work is also the subject of the forthcoming film The Seed Beneath The Snow, slated for release July 2018.
Now is the time to repair and restore the atrophied social and ecological structures on which most human cultures were built – not only because we miss them dearly, but also as an absolute practical priority, for they are the only basis for a nourishing and cohesive society that might survive the turbulent times to come. This work could become the story of our times, and living it imbues our days with joy and meaning.
Both of our presenters – Shaun Chamberlin and Helena Norberg-Hodge – knew David and will be able to speak to the nuances of his work, and the controversial, fertile areas where they didn’t always agree! We’ll also see short clips from Fleming himself – a very entertaining speaker!
Shaun Chamberlin is the editor of his close friend and collaborator David Fleming’s posthumous books Lean Logic and Surviving the Future, and is managing director of the Fleming Policy Centre. He is a co-founder of Transition Town Kingston, author of The Transition Timeline, and contributor to more than ten other books. He has served as chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative and a director of the campaigning organisation Global Justice Now, and is currently Chelsea Green Publishing’s commissioning editor for the UK and Europe. His website is www.darkoptimism.org.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. She has given public lectures in seven languages, and has appeared in broadcast, print, and online media worldwide. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”