Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time is a flexible, interactive online course, designed to build and inspire a global community of people who are committed to helping their localities seek out new insights for times of profound change.
January 4 – February 28, 2021
“Most of human history was bred, fed, and watered by another sort of economy. But the market has replaced, as far as possible, the social capital of reciprocal obligation, loyalties, culture and traditions with exchange, price, and the impersonal principles of economics.”
—David Fleming, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It
These are frightening and confusing days. As we have rearranged our daily lives in response to the coronavirus pandemic, other interlocking crises continue to worsen, from biodiversity collapse to food security to climate catastrophe.
In these tumultuous times, we will take a long moment to pull back and think together — to share conversation — curated by experts and in the company of some of the most compelling people who have been thinking about these issues for a long time.
The late David Fleming called this convergence of crises “the Climacteric,” and he held out a tantalizing cultural vision of how we might respond. Now is our opportunity to reforge Fleming’s principles in the context of the diverse realities we are facing today in each of our own home communities.
Some may choose to pursue the possibilities unveiled in Fleming’s works, while others might use these as a springboard for finding their own unique pathways to confronting the Climacteric.
As we open up conversations for and about people and communities facing profound change, we increase our capacity to share and discover solutions, making our own localities more resilient in their diverse circumstances while also supporting global understanding and shared priorities.
We hope it will be repeated, not just for myself and my wife but so that this dialogue may spread and engage others in envisioning, learning and preparing for the uncertainties ahead.
Very thoughtful, full of important ideas and information.
- Week 1- Communities in the Climacteric: What are We to Do?
- Weeks 2 & 3- Framework for Community
- Weeks 4 & 5- Rediscovering a Life of Place & Play
- Weeks 6 & 7- The Path from Here to There
- Week 8- A Conclusion That Isn’t Guaranteed
Low-carbon education allows course participants to remain rooted in their home communities and makes perfect sense when adapting to a world in which travel is not so lightly undertaken. Yet, of course, none of us can go it alone – as individuals or communities – so the online international dialog offered by this course represents a unique opportunity for meaningful conversation, guided by a diverse array of leading-edge thinkers from across the globe.
The online format includes:
- A complimentary e-book copy of Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival, and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy
- Access to LeanLogic.online
- Weekly reading assignments and video content
- Facilitated Discussion Forums
- Discussion Forum Reflection & Response Webinars
- Roundtable Discussion Webinars with special guests
- Concluding with a convivial Carnival Webinar!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does this course work?
This course is designed to offer a balance of flexibility and interactive opportunities for participants. Broken down into weekly content, with weeks running from Monday-Sunday, each week will contain a mix of readings, videos, audio recordings, discussion forums, and live webinars.
Are there discounted registrations or scholarships available?
Yes, you can apply here until December 1, 2020.
How often will there be live webinars?
The course features two webinars per week–one with Shaun and Philip and another with different internationally-recognized experts each week.
Who are the internationally recognized experts?
Stay tuned! Guest experts will be announced soon. In the previous iteration of this course, we were joined by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Rob Hopkins, Kate Raworth, Martin Kirk, Lucy Neal, Nate Hagens, Richard Heinberg, and Vandana Shiva. These guests are experts in Energy, Economics, Community Building, Activism, and Regenerative Agriculture.
When will the live webinars be scheduled?
A survey will be sent out to registrants to determine the optimum times for live sessions. To work within reason for the course team, live webinars will be scheduled during daytime hours in the Eastern US and Western Europe. All webinars will be recorded and available to course participants.
What is David Fleming’s “tantalizing cultural vision of how we might respond to these times?
We’ll explore this during the course, but here’s a taster, in Fleming’s own words.
I joined this course before. Can I join you again?
Certainly you can, and we’d be glad to have you! The core text and structure will be the same, but the course participants, the conversations, the world context and some of the guest teachers will be new. For those who weren’t with us for that one, see the video above, or here’s some of the anonymous feedback received:
This course was so much more than I expected it to be. Such an inspiration. Thank you.
This course has vastly improved my understanding of the world we currently live in and our predicament. It has also given me inspiration for my future life and lots of further resources to engage with to keep me on this new path.
I feel so blessed, so enriched, so humbled and so eager for others to have the chance I had here.
Very well done. I’m also glad you’ll be helping us stay connected and to continue to build this community, going forward.
What an amazing journey you took us all on! Immense gratitude to each of you!
About your Instructor
Shaun Chamberlin has been involved with the Transition Network since its inception, co-founding Transition Town Kingston and authoring the movement’s second book, The Transition Timeline. He was also one of Extinction Rebellion’s first arrestees, chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative, and has spoken at venues from Occupy camps to parliaments. In exploring the cultural narratives charting society’s course he has written and edited diverse publications, including drawing together Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival, and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy from the work of his late mentor David Fleming. He is also executive producer of the film The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? His website is www.darkoptimism.org.
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