“Call and response”: enabling government to rediscover its role as public servant

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In one section of Lean Logic, the late David Fleming focussed on “call and response”, the principle by which localities can call on their local authorities for assistance to develop projects, without themselves losing the initiative. He cites the example of Portland, Oregon: “Portland is now widely recognised for its neighbourhood associations and the extent of their initiative-taking in decisions […]

Is the priority to expand world trade or to build on the resilience of communities?

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Fleming, second left, discussing the working of an experimental rocket stove – to capture heat with clean combustion – at Transition Town Louth, Lincolnshire (The Times) In Lean Logic, David Fleming asks: “Is the priority to expand world trade, to push ahead with the global market, or to build on the resilience of communities, to protect them from the turbulence […]