Matters in the Air: 4th 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 27th September 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170927
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171004

Forthcoming Events:


‘Freeing Up Money’ Is Solution to Money Reform, Says AMI Presenter American Free Press from a lecture series that served as a tribute to late AMI founder Stephen Zarlenga, the respected author of The Lost Science of Money, who passed away recently.

Democracy is more than a vote from the RSA’s Citizen’s Economic Council – to ensure that power is ‘on tap but not on top’ – with the example of participatory budgeting.

IMAGINATION CAN BE ANCHORED TO ACTION. Imagination participates in creating a personal vision of what you truly want to do in life.  And it also participates in the strategy for achieving that vision and making it into accomplished fact. Action without imagination falls flat.  Imagination without action results in spinning your wheels in the same basic place. Imagination plus action is the dynamic embrace. It enables a person to step out on the bright road to his future. It puts everything else in a new perspective.

LAND SEMINAR to be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9-11am, at Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London, SW1A 2JR.  Taxpayers Against Poverty is co-hosting this event with the APPG on Health in All Policies and the APPG on Poverty. It will be Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of APPG on Health in all Policies. The speakers will include Fred Harrison of the Land Research Trust. The people thrive on Land Value Tax in Australia, Denmark, Harrisburg Pensylvania and other US cities and Hong Kong. The seminar will focus on how it works.


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, 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: Sept/Oct 2017: Mon 25th: Inside Facebook • Tue 26th: Climate models for the layman • Wed 27th: Follow the money to find power • Thu 28th: Global military, police, and institutional corruption • Fri 29th: Death by cancer? It’s just business… • Sat 30th: US/NATO’s terror gang… ISIS • Sun 1st: Talking about causes

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:                                                                  Carrying Capacity as a Basis for Political and Economic Self-Governance Discussion, by James Bernard Quilligan
Beyond State Capitalism: The Commons Economy in Our Lifetimes, by James Bernard Quilligan
Reclaiming Public Control of Money-Creation, by David Bollier

Guy Standing – Open Democracy – On the 800th Anniversary of Charter of the Forest:

RT: Renegade Inc: Britain’s private debt problem: • Monday 2nd Oct: What you are not being told about the Economy – Interview with Professor Steve Keen of Kingston University: The privatisation of debt collection in Britain has meant that the bailiff industry has boomed – largely fuelled by State contracts. In the UK, some 300 local authorities have outsourced their debt collection to private bailiffs. On average, the industry serves 6 new debt enforcement instructions every minute. But at what social cost? Anyone who has tried to reason with a bailiff will agree that it’s not the easiest job. So in this programme, we ask how Britain’s bailiff culture emerged and what can be done about it. Ross Ashcroft talks to Alison Blackwood from the StepChange Debt Charity, and Lois Austin from Public and Commercial Services:

Justin Walker, of British Constitution Group contributes: The Bradbury Challenge!

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

Citizens Basic Income Trust: • – latest newsletter – features “Unequal Recognition: othering ‘the poor’”, by Ruth Lister and “Helicopter Money and Basic Income”, by Rachel Oliver.

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.’

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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

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