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Lean Logic

A Dictionary for the Future
and How to Survive It

by David Fleming

Edited by Shaun Chamberlin

Foreword by Jonathon Porritt

Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It


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Copyright © 2016 by The Estate of David Fleming

All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be transmitted or reproduced in any form
by any means without permission in writing from the publisher.

Publisher’s note: In order to honor David Fleming’s voice, we have
forgone our typical Chelsea Green house style, including using
British grammar and spelling instead of American.


Developmental Editor: Shaun Chamberlin

Project Manager: Angela Boyle

Project Editor: Brianne Goodspeed

Designer: Melissa Jacobson

Indexer: Shaun Chamberlin

Editorial/Research Assistant to David Fleming: Beth Stratford


Printed in the United States of America.

First printing July 2016; second printing Sept 2016; third printing May 2020.

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Chelsea Green sees publishing as a tool for cultural change and ecological stewardship. We strive to align our book manufacturing practices with our editorial mission and to reduce the impact of our business enterprise in the environment. We print our books and catalogs on chlorine-free recycled paper, using vegetable-based inks whenever possible. This book may cost slightly more because it was printed on paper that contains recycled fiber, and we hope you’ll agree that it’s worth it. Chelsea Green is a member of the Green Press Initiative (, a nonprofit coalition of publishers, manufacturers, and authors working to protect the world’s endangered forests and conserve natural resources. Lean Logic was printed on paper supplied by Edwards Brothers Malloy that contains 100 percent postconsumer recycled fiber.


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Fleming, David, 1940– author. | Chamberlin, Shaun, editor.

Title: Lean logic : a dictionary for the future and how to survive it / David Fleming ; edited by Shaun Chamberlin ; foreword by Jonathon Porritt.

Description: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing,2016.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016006994| ISBN 9781603586481 (hardback) | ISBN 9781603586498 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Environmental economics—Dictionaries. | Environmental policy—Dictionaries. | Culture—Economic aspects—Dictionaries. | Civilization, Modern—21st century. | BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies. | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics. | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions. | HISTORY / Civilization. | PHILOSOPHY / Social.
| POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory. | REFERENCE / Dictionaries. | PHILOSOPHY / Reference.

Classification: LCC HC79.E5 .F56294 2016 | DDC 304.203—dc23

LC record available at


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