Matters in the Air: 18th Oct 2017

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues to host meetings on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ Meetings are open to all on a drop-in basis. This weekly forum is a persistent focal point for many who cannot often get to London but are encouraged in bold initiatives by association and collaboration. We all continue to foster the public sense of the search for inclusive justice. We are trying to sense the richness of our networking without overburdening with detail. We collaborate in order that action may flow BOTH in specified targeted initiatives AND in acknowledgement of our shared commitment to ending exploitation – usury – now exponentially rampant!  Contact the Open Research Group –

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171004
otes of Open Research Group meeting on 11th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171011
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th Oct 2017
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171018

Paper prepared by Janos for meeting on 18th Oct 2017: SocialChange-A4

Forthcoming Events:


Co-Creative Learning: from CT:

LAND SEMINAR this Wednesday, October 18, A report if you attended would be valued.

Can we affect change in our diseased world run by the least among us? How did we come to a point when we the people have lost our voices, our confidence in ourselves and our minds along the way?  Our tendency to externalize responsibility is destructive and must be re-adjusted towards ourselves.     Nic Askew contributes a challenge:


 A significant decision.
Put off until a tomorrow
that might never appear.
And a knowing deep
in tired bones.
Of what he, she,
I must do.
Along with its pain,
consequence and
inexplicable relief.

DEMOCRACY is being debated widely and this is a fine list by which to audit suggestions that proliferate  PRINCIPLES: EARTH DEMOCRACY – Vandana Shiva  & Thomas Berry

  1. All species, the peoples and cultures have intrinsic worth.
  2. The Earth community is a democracy of all life.
  3. Diversity in nature and culture must be defended.
  4. All beings have a natural right to sustenance.
  5. Earth Democracy is based on living economies and economic democracy.
  6. Living economies are built on local economies.
  7. Earth Democracy is a living democracy.
  8. Earth Democracy is based on living cultures.
  9. Living cultures are life-enhancing.
  10. Earth Democracy globalises peace, care and compassion.


CCMJ – ..”the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting any better is because no one is talking about what’s really wrong. …… What we accept today as interest was once called usury, and that through most of history almost everyone was against it.” All the great faith traditions forbade usury for thousands of years. The Christian Church emphasised it until ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’ and usury became exponentially disproportionate as a source in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome:  CCMJ continues to take a lead on topics concerning the monetary system:  see our post reporting on the IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice – Interim Report:

FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets on Tuesdays 7-9pm at The London School of Mosaic in the Basement Studio (down ramp), 73-96, Ludham, Southampton Rd, Lismore Circus, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground /Belsize Park tube): • Critical Thinking’s scope: – in pithy summary: “Hierarchy, theft of the Commons and Usury are the fundamental drivers of poverty, wars, environmental destruction and the enslavement of humanity. Once we understand that, we’re on the road to recovering humanity.”  See Clive Menzies’ paper in the Islamic Economics Journal of King Abdulaziz University: Reform Proposals in the Monetary System for Attaining Global Economic Stability:  See also Daily Pickings: Oct 2017: Mon 9th: War in our minds, but not in our souls • Tue 10th: “Breaking News” is storytelling • Wed 11th:  Guardian of what, exactly? • Thu 12th: The Stasi are coming… • Fri 13th: Vaccines are the disease •  Sat 14th:  Timeline for terror • Sun 15th: Who’s in control?

INDEPENDENT CONSTITUTIONALISTS UK (ICUK): recognises the necessity of dealing with BOTH the need for many urgent palliatives within a dying system, AND a systemic curative re-design by participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship. It concentrates on the Meta-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. Curative change to the political-economy like “poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” An update of its website is now evolving:  An informal Strategy Forum meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm – you are invited to contact Peter Challen – – for latest developments and meeting venue.

LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with individual LETS groups.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:

P2P FOUNDATION in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at Cumbria University is running a four-week online course on Money & Society – this will be repeated in February:

POSITIVE MONEY has branches all over the UK to campaign for debt-free issuance of currency, which are often listed on our Events page.  They held a seminar in association with RSA on Monday 18th September 2017 – see report by an attendee: PositiveMoney-RSA-170918

Further Reports are invited from our associates in the quest for inclusive justice to stir our awareness and effect change through both palliative and curative means.
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PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS – reviews always welcomed:

Mother Pelican – a Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability: Oct. 2017: From Artificial Economic Growth to Natural Ecological Stability: feature article by Therese F. Hicks: Relating to All that is:

THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition: Sufficiency – Commons- Home – Rowbotham, Illich et al:

The World’s Common Humanity and US Foreign Policy  by Bernie Sanders  ‘A sensible and effective foreign policy recognizes that our safety and welfare is bound up with the safety and welfare of others around the world.’

Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link. A REPORT FROM THE CLUB OF ROME – EU CHAPTER to Finance Watch and the World Business Academy, by Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner, Stefan Brunnhuber. Executive Summary from Money and Sustainability – – Money&Sustainability_ExecutiveSummary

Renegade Inc:  Mon 16th Oct 2017:  A quick glance around the world and it’s safe to say that the operating system that we use to manage our economic and financial affairs has a glitch or two. It is dawning on many that it is the discipline of economics itself that is the problem. And until economics is fixed, mainstream economists will continue flying blind and we’ll all continue footing the bill. Why are we not able to change the outmoded thinking that dogs the discipline? Ross Ashcroft talks with economist Kate Raworth, whose recent book Doughnut Economics calls for an economics reformation.

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Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue and takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisit those guiding thoughts regularly and always value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration as they flow in around us. ”Let not your Prayers, Dreams, Visions or Rich Imaginings of justice leading to peace become an alibi for inaction.”

“THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE WILL BE A COSMIC RELIGION. It will have to transcend a personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Encompassing both the natural and the spiritual, it will have to be based on a sense of intelligence arising from the spirit of all things, natural and spiritual, considered as a meaningful unity.” Albert Einstein