Where there’s a will… there may well be a way…

Several months have rushed by since my last update on the progress of Jungenomics. Things are progressing, but too slowly for my liking – I’m not getting any younger…

I met with Myles Archibald (of Harper Collins) again in October when he generously treated me to a slap-up lunch in his Knightsbridge (London) club. Once again he was encouraging and supportive (he’s a nice guy – and he likes fishing which gives him even more stars in my book) … He talked of making something iconic with the book. But (why is there always a but..) while the main chapters were ready for the editor, the first – very important one – still needed quite a lot of work – and even then there were no guarantees they would take it on. Myles freely admits he’s a “pirate” – and quite rightly too. He needs to be confident Junglenomics will make money- a new author is always a risk. After all, what good will it be to anyone if no-one buys it?! Gone are the days when a publisher could just publish because they liked something – the digital revolution has seen all that off indefinitely.

Yet I firmly believe there is a place for Junglenomics – and a big one. So do others – see “the Myth Gap” by Alex Evans (Penguin 2017).

So the last few months have been taken up with picking apart and recontructing the first chapter. After this post I am going to put up a chunk of it, preceded by the shortened Preface, which Myles was dead keen on as a strong statement of the content and aims of Junglenomics.

I had an interesting meeting the other day with Lisa Gianesci. She runs the extremely worthy ADM Foundation, whose focus is on conservation and social good works in the Far East (see www.admcf.org). Lisa was very supportive, and recommended I meet up with the UK conservation guru – Andrew Mitchell (amongst other things the conservation advisor to HRH Prince Charles). I’m extremely grateful to her for making this connection for me. I see him on Tuesday. The aim is to gain endorsements for Junglenomics in order to help Harper Collins make up their minds – in the right direction…! More anon.

Author: ecosystemiceconomics

Simon Lamb Simon Lamb was born in 1951 and studied economics, maths, languages and art at Wellington College. He began his working career in finance, but an overriding passion for landscape, nature, archaeology, and science persuaded him to return to his childhood stamping ground in Dorset. He is at heart a countryman, and runs a successful art gallery, and small sheep farm for enjoyment. Simon has always been intrigued by the big questions of evolution, nature and human nature. Like his idol Charles Darwin, a fellow amateur in the great British tradition, he has not always been satisfied with conventional explanations. Through an extraordinary maritime adventure, Darwin allowed free rein to his instincts and imagination concerning the observable workings of nature, unrestrained by the orthodoxy of his day. Simon set out on a similarly unorthodox trail. The catalyst for his voyage of discovery was an overpowering sense that Darwin’s theory was incomplete, that an essential element had been missed – the ‘dark matter’ of evolution. He came to realise that this also underlies our most serious contemporary malaise – the relentless destruction of nature by economic forces. Specifically, he sought answers to two big unanswered questions: why do we continue to destroy our environment despite our best efforts not to, and, how can we prevent ourselves continuing to do so over the long term in a systematic, science-based manner. His journey brought him to the writings of Dawkins, Lewin, Morgan, Attenborough, Leakey, Gould, Wills, Wilson, Sacks, Jones, West-Eberhard, Rattray-Taylor, Sahlins and many others, and he developed a unique and revealing perspective on the conflicts of the human-planetary interface. His fascination with the universal drive of living organisms to colonise emerged from these studies. His second pivotal thesis – that economies are really virtual ecosystems, obeying natural laws – developed from related archaeological and anthropological studies. Guided by reviews from Dylan Evans MA, Dr Natalie Uomini and Professor Nick Hanley, and aided by the writings of Keynes, Hyeck, Hawkin & Lovins, Hanley, Shogren, White and others, he offers a dynamic new concept which he has called ‘Ecosystemic Economics’ – the management of economic systems as natural phenomena. In his book, Junglenomics, Simon Lamb provides a fresh, exciting and profoundly new perspective on our economic world, on the underlying natural and anthropological reasons behind our environmental failings, and an invaluable guide on how to use this knowledge to manage our threatened planet for the long term future. It makes essential reading for those interested or involved in conservation, evolution, anthropology and economics, and especially so for those upon whose future decisions the world environment relies.

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