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A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It
David Fleming’s Lean Logic was published in his memory in July 2011.
Lean Logic does not conform.
It is a community of essays about inventive, cooperative self-reliance in the face of great uncertainty.
Lean Logic acknowledges, with honesty, the challenges ahead in finding our way out of an economy that has all but destroyed the very foundations upon which it depends - the climate, the complex ecological system and the community and culture which gives meaning to life.
But rather than inducing despair, Lean Logic is rare in its ability to inspire optimism in the creativity and intelligence of humans to nurse our ecology back to health, to rediscover the importance of place and play, of community and culture, and of reciprocity and resilience.
It is not a book to read from start to finish. Begin in the middle, with something, anything, that sparks your interest, and let the signposts pull you through a chaotic web of ideas, brimming with humour and originality, with elegance and contradiction.
Lean Logic is a dictionary of empowerment.
The book is printed in a hardback first edition of 500 copies, comprising David’s final draft, comprehensive footnotes, bibliography and references and illustrated with many wonderful wood cuts by Howard Phipps, 736 pages in all. All proceeds from sales of Lean Logic will be used to promote David’s work and passions. Copies may be obtained for £30 or £25 each for two or more (plus £5 per copy for postage and packing if required) by sending a cheque payable to Lucy Barlow to: Lean Logic, Court Farm House, North Street, Fritwell, Oxon OX27 7QX U.K.
About David Fleming
David Fleming was born in Chiddingfold, Surrey, in 1940, to Norman Bell Beatie Fleming, a Harley Street eye surgeon, and Joan Margaret Fleming, an award-winning crime writer. He read History at the University of Oxford from 1959 to 1963, and then worked in manufacturing, marketing, advertising and financial public relations, before taking an MBA at Cranfield University in 1968. In 1979 he began studies in economics at Birkbeck College, University of London, completing an MSc in 1983 and a PhD on the economics of the market for positional goods in 1988. He was the Green Party's economics spokesman and press secretary between 1977 and 1980 and helped organise the influential The Other Economic Summit (TOES). He was Honorary Treasurer of the Soil Association from 1984, and was its Chairman between 1988 and 1991. He was a regular contributor to Country Life magazine, and was published in Prospect and other journals, as well as in academic literature. He was editor of The Countryside in 2097, published in 1997, and gave the third annual Feasta lecture in 2001. From 1977 to 1995 he worked as an independent consultant in environmental policy and business strategy for the financial services industry and edited a manual on the formation and management of investment funds in the Former Soviet Union, published in 1995.
From 1995 until his death he wrote and lectured on the environmental and social issues that he expected to have a major impact on the global market economy in the 21st century, including oil depletion and climate change.
David Fleming died on the 29th November 2010, in Amsterdam.
In Memoriam - a collection of tributes to the late David Fleming