Taster #3 – “Encountering Another Being”

This third taster for The Seed Beneath the Snow The Sequel reflects one of my favourite entries from David Fleming’s Dictionary for the Future – “Encounter” – where he becomes less the intellectual economist and more the poet, attempting to describe a kind of mystical experience.

As it happens, he takes the perfect example from the work of our Deep Time explorer, Dr. Stephan Harding, Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Thinking through the best way to put this on film, I struck gold when I asked Stephan himself exactly what the experience of encountering another being means to him:

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Taster #2 – “Carnival and Play!”

For our second sequence we’re in the big city, where Londoners inspired by David Fleming’s work decided to create a Pop-up Village Green for their local community!

Fleming was anything but a conventional economist, and declared that when rethinking our economy we should “start with a party”! He believed that the pretensions of today’s large-scale, economic growth focused, frenetic consumer society have “descended like a frost on public joy”, and his work was all about restoring life, community, conversation, good food, music and joy to the everyday. For him, that had to be the essence of our future, or what was the point? (hear him discussing this here)

So what would happen if people were invited to a mini-carnival today – right in the middle of London’s Tooting Broadway? We were there to find out, and to hear from the organiser Lucy Neal, as the spectacle unfolded!

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Taster #1 – “Walking through time”

Our filming day at Schumacher College in Devon started very unpromisingly with torrential rain.

The plan, now under threat, was to film from a drone as part of our coverage of Dr Stephan Harding’s unique Deep Time Walk. Stephan wants to help us “fall in love with Gaia, our living planet”, and has developed an ingenious way for us to physically feel our way into her extraordinary life story.

Fortunately, just in time, Gaia decided to take a kind view of our efforts, the rain cleared, and everything came together. Particularly, as you’ll see, with the extraordinarily powerful – and surprising – final step of the journey:

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“The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?” – a major documentary on the legacy of the late David Fleming

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:

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