A key concept in David Fleming’s thought is the ‘closed-loop system’:

“Closed-loop systems are systems or communities that have worked out how, collectively, to reuse most of their materials. For a natural ecology, this is routine – a necessary condition for its existence. But in an open system such as a market economy, this condition is absent. For a community intent on a degree of eco-independence, the closed-loop system is a necessity; in a sense the definition of what it is aiming to do.” (from Lean Logic)

So it was a real delight to visit the Nailsworth Repair Cafe this week, where volunteers inspired by his work invite people to bring in their broken things and get them fixed for free. The initiative is part of Transition Stroud and, as you’ll see, behind every broken object was a very human story.

It was inspiring to see the practical skills and relationships by which communities can recover and repair the things we need being utilised and shared, as well as the obvious benefits of keeping useful objects out of landfill.

“The Transition movement is part of a convergence of thinking towards the principle that, if areas and communities are to be prepared for the shocks of energy, climate, economics and society, it will not be government and regulatory agencies that do it. It will be something they do for themselves … The solutions they employ depend on the efficiencies and reciprocities made available on the small scale.” (from Lean Logic)

Do let us know in the comments below what you think about these tasters and the issues they raise. The first four tasters have now been viewed over 2 million times, so there’s obviously something about David’s message that’s really resonating for people!

Between all the filming, editing etc we’re reading through all the comments and hearing some great new ideas. Apologies that the sheer number has made it impossible to reply to everyone, but rest assured that we’re thrilled and reading with great interest. If anyone would like to volunteer as our ‘social media manager’ and help us deal with the flood of interest, we’d love to hear from you too!

Tomorrow I head down to the wonderful Schumacher College again where the economist Kate Raworth will be teaching, to get her thoughts both on David Fleming’s Lean Logic (which she named her Book of the Year for The Times) and on how its message chimes with her own widely-praised book, Doughnut Economics.