Civic Society

A developed political economy; part of the sequence of civilisations which have risen and fallen during the last 10,000 years or so, whose traces are found in their architecture and artefacts.

Our own Western society—now reduced in intelligence and resilience, but much increased in size and complication in the form of the global market economy—is the latest in that sequence. In fact, not all of them have fallen. China, for instance, has gone through many phases of creative destruction, or kaikaku, none of them conclusive (Unlean).


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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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