Matters in the Air: 31st 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 24th May 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170524
– include details of PEP and new Mint Magazine – see also PEP-Ten-Years-After-the-Crash
Notes of ORG meeting on 31st May 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170531

Forthcoming Events:


“The recent Ransomware Attempt at Extortion” on a huge scale is a direct descendent of the economic extortion built into our present reigning economic system constructed around usury and insensitive competition undeterred by the basic human need for co-operation.” – thus our unfaltering drive for inclusive justice..

The Social Artist…Spring 2017:

Public Banking spreads in the USA

James Robertson  Newsletter No. 57 – May 2017  – This text can also be viewed at

A reminder of enduring wisdom: “The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself,”    and ….”There’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in” a wise one!

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

An associate offers a pertinent thought! ‘THE ART OF AUTONOMY IS IN FACT AN ACT OF VENTRILOQUISM’

CCMJ – is embarking on its 2017 Annual Appraisal: this is a collaborative process:

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 Meta-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.” An ICUK forum  meets in central London every Wednesday [except the 2nd Wednesday] between 12 and 2pm for the ICUK forum and would invite you by your direct request for details.

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: • Conscious resistanceThis 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.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:

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:

Kate Raworth: Doughnut Economics – contact is being sought for a dialogue.     Change the goal – develop a new people’s political-economy for both local public policy within the global capacity for fruitful and thriving life.

The Holy month of Ramadhan is here to awaken, deepen the faith and unite. To fast is to reject all evils and embrace the good. A silent and all-out war on injustice, repression, dictatorship, prejudice, bigotry and violence. Let us adopt fasting and embrace its real values of liberation.

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?

Pelican web: June 2017 edition:
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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. We revisited those guiding thoughts and now value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration flow in steadily. Recent response were garnered from Erich Fromm’s ‘The Art of Listening’, a 1994 book on psychology by that psychoanalyst. In this work, Fromm elucidates his therapeutic method of dealing with the psychological sufferings of people in contemporary society.

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