David Fleming on Hampstead Heath, June 2010

As film-makers we’ve been set a fascinating challenge – can we bring to life a set of ideas that could prove crucial to the future of our society? How can we do justice to the legacy of the unique writer, economist and ecologist, David Fleming?

David Fleming’s life’s work, published posthumously as Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, is proving a source of fascination to the ever-growing numbers of people recognising that society needs to reinvent itself, so I asked Shaun Chamberlin – Fleming’s friend and close collaborator – for an introduction to the man and his work:

So we’d love your help in meeting this film-making challenge. The Fleming Policy Centre have given us this blog on their site, and as shooting and editing unrolls in the coming year, we’ll be sharing tasters of the different film sequences as they come together. Shorter versions will be shared on Facebook pages like Empathy Media and Sustainable Human as soon as they are ready.

So check back here for the slightly extended and latest versions where you can share your feedback… How are we doing? What have we missed? What other ideas, events and people could be included? We want to make this the sort of collaborative process of co-creation that Fleming’s work was all about.

Both our working title – “The Seed Beneath the Snow” – and the final title for the film were taken from one of David Fleming’s beautiful lines:
“the question about what the future holds does not really make any difference to what we decide now: there is just one way forward, and that is to build the sequel, to draw on inspiration which has lain dormant, like the seed beneath the snow.”

All thoughts, positivity, constructive criticism, new ideas etc can be submitted below this post, or use the comments threads under each video for more specific thoughts each one. We’ll be reading with great interest – thank you!

Edit – A new blog post is up on our sense of the overall structure of the film (at least as we currently imagine it), as requested to give some context for our little tasters.