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Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin has been involved with the Transition Network since its inception, cofounding Transition Town Kingston and authoring the movement’s second book, The Transition Timeline. He is managing director of the Fleming Policy Centre and former chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative, and has spoken at venues ranging from Occupy camps to parliaments. In exploring the cultural narratives charting society’s course he has written for or edited a diverse range of books, magazines, academic journals, and other publications, including coauthoring a significant UK All Party Parliamentary report with his close friend and regular collaborator David Fleming. His website is www.darkoptimism.org.

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October 12th, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Shaun Chamberlin and Rob Hopkins at Schumacher College Earth Talk

Location: Schumacher College, Studio One, Space, Dartington, United Kingdom | Authors: Shaun Chamberlin

Already a key influence on the Transition movement, Green Party, New Economics Foundation and Soil Association, Fleming's legacy is only set to grow with the posthumous publication of his astonishing masterpiece, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It (link is external). Building on the tradition of E.F. Schumacher, his entertaining vision of a post-growth economy built on the play, humour, rootedness and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture has long inspired optimism and action. Rob and Shaun will share insights and anecdotes on his life, influence and enduring importance. We will also hear from the man himself, through recently unearthed recordings. Books will be available on the night. Entrance: £5.00/£4.00 Concession

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Category: Building & Energy | Science, Nature & Environment | Business & Economy | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Politics & Public Policy | Spirituality & Philosophy
Format: Book Reading/Signing 
Book: Surviving the Future - Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy 

February 6th, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Shaun Chamberlin at Schumacher College

Location: Schumacher College, United Kingdom | Authors: Shaun Chamberlin

A week long course with Shaun Chamberlin, with Rob Hopkins, Mark Boyle, and Stephan Harding. “How should we live?” “What work should we do?” “How can we resource ourselves and each other?” It’s time to reclaim these questions from the economists. Sparked by the posthumous publication of Dr. David Fleming’s extraordinary book Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy (link is external), we invite you to an exploration of what ‘lives well-lived’ look like in this time of transition. Fleming’s work highlights that “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” As the market economy continues to crumble under the weight of its own impossible need for perpetual growth, we should admit that for all its destructiveness, we will miss its essential simplicity, the comforts it delivers to many and the freedoms it underwrites. And as 'austerity' bites and capitalism’s former largesse continues to shrink away, that future is becoming daily reality for ever more of us. Such a time brings fear and uncertainty, but also great possibility. The forces that have cocooned us are failing, but these are also the forces that constrained us. This is a time of loss and freedom, if we can minimise our dependence on the market and find sustenance with deeper roots. Now is the time to repair or replace the atrophied social and ecological structures on which most human cultures were built, as the basis for a nourishing, cohesive society that might survive the turbulent times to come. This is the story of our times, and living it imbues our days with meaning.

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Category: Building & Energy | Science, Nature & Environment | Business & Economy | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Politics & Public Policy | Spirituality & Philosophy
Format: Course 
Book: Surviving the Future - Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy 

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