Matters in the Air: 3rd May 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 on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ – now hosted by the Open Research Group. 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!

Notes of ORG meeting on 3rd May 2017:  OpenResearchGroup-170503 and Utopia-Review-A4
See also Notes of ORG meeting on 26th April 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170426
and Notes of ORG meeting on 3rd May 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170503

Forthcoming Events:


Tim Jackson writes in current Resurgence on – nature of work – role of enterprise –focus of investment – structures of money supply

“It Is Profitable to Let the World Go to Hell”: Will Capitalism Doom the Planet?  Antony Loewenstein, Verso Books: Decades of anti-government rhetoric claiming that taxpayer money is always wasted have convinced many voters that the corporation knows best, which is why a sustained campaign against predatory capitalism is so hard to keep up. This excerpt from Disaster Capitalism examines how the ideology thrives despite guaranteeing social disharmony and threatening the planet.  Read the Book Excerpt

South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service by Peter Sellick :  A new combined chaplaincy and listening service for businesses across the South Yorkshire region has been launched, which will build on the existing services of the Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy and Sheffield Listening Services, led by Revd Baz and Linda Gascoyne. It will offer support to everyone in the workplace, irrespective of their faith. The […]  ∫Read more of this post

POSITIVE MONEY: Main differences between the current dysfunctional debt-based monetary system and what we propose: also  #sovereignmoney

WRESTLING WITH INTEREST:                                        Werner and Builk …Critical Thinking’s analysis goes beyond Richard Werner’s critique; usury is the issue and banking is theft. As long as we are addicted to interest, problems of inequality and environmental destruction will never be solved.

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 the participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy. It concentrates on the Mega-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. An update is now evolving online.  Please contact for latest developments.  Curative change to the political-economy like “Poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” Peter is in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm and would like to meet you by your direct invitation or request.

THREE PERTINENT PRESENTATIONS supporting our inclusion of ‘in the co-evolution of planet earth’ as the tail that wags the Independent Constitutionalists UK (ICUK)’s mantra. They may have value in particular uses of our templates when reaching people conditioned in specific forms of resistance to principled pragmatism and genuine democracy springing from new perspectives of an integrated political-economy.
1. Four vividly presented minutes on using 100% of your brain in participative evolution:
2. From Pelican Web: The Ecological Crisis is a Catalyst for Human Renewal:
3. Also from Pelican Web:How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend, by Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Scientes:

Free Critical Thinking: meetings are now on Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm in a new venue, St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TY, opposite Waterloo – see latest 2172-session-15-on-tuesday-12th-april-2017

Conscious resistance :This is worthwhile listening. The Most Dangerous Philosophy: What The Oligarchs Don’t Want You To Know (40 minute video)   It’s important to remember that although we can disengage from the system, the system continues to deny us our birthright – the means to life. Consequently, non-hierarchical, self-organisation must incorporate the three fundamental principles for political economy.  • No ruler, ie. no institutionalised hierarchy  • Sharing the value of the commons  • Prohibition of usury (interest on money). We can continue to play the ideological game of electing “leaders” but they will never create the conditions for a free and fair society – only we can do that.

LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with individual LETS groups – see also comment on post-Brexit devolution:

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:

Richard Murphy : “There is a need for a Macron moment, but he is too much like Blair for comfort. The need is for a politics of care. It’s been absent for too long. I wish I knew where it might come from. “  Who from our Global Table network will have a go at drafting a positive response to this challenge?

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COLLABORATION: Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue that takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. Having revisited those guiding thoughts over the last 12 weeks, Responses are sought about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration.
A response this week 1. “A listener must posses a freely working imagination which is sufficiently concrete to be expressed in words”

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