Matters in the Air: 1st Nov 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 –

Paper prepared by Janos for meeting on 18th Oct 2017: SocialChange-A4
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 25th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171025
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 1st Nov 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171101

Forthcoming Events:


Guardian reports on How the actual magic money tree works

UN Study Warns: Growing Economic Concentration Leads to “Rentier Capitalism”

Last month at our World Transformed event in Brighton, Anthony Barnett jump started the debate with his speech on how Labour must understand the scale of its vision and take seriously the context in which we operate. You can now read the full contribution here. Let us know what you think, and please pass on the piece to your networks.

Coalition for Economic Justice: OPEN MEETING: 27th October: Any reports from this?

Young Achievers Engaging with Parliamentarians – Parliament Week Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 from 18:00 to  20:00 (GMT) – Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster SW1A 0AA – Details/Booking.


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:

CO-OPERATIVE SOCIALISM – this non-hierarchical alternative to capitalism and totalitarianism, continues to campaign for a non-usurious, fair-world approach to the economy, taking forward ideas promoted by CCMJ and The Spirit Level – for background see the papers section of  The campaign website – in development – includes videos by John Courtneidge explaining the proposal:

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 23rd: Sustainable Development? • Tue 24th: Energy and the ancients • Wed 25th: Boston and Las Vegas are unbelievable • Thu 26th:  Terror, real and imagined • Fri 27th: History is the key to our future • Sat 28th: NHS – sacred cow illusion • Sun 29th: Making sense of Myanmar (Burma) • See also: Co-Creative Learning:

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 campaign for a fairer, more democratic and more sustainable economy.They held a seminar in association with RSA on Monday 18th Sept 2017 – see report: PositiveMoney-RSA-170918 – see also their latest video about the: Bank of England.

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:

Renegade Inc: Monday 30th October 2017: Bailiff Britain: 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:

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.’ An associate adds :“Deep within we long for unity because, at the most fundamental level, we are already one. We belong to one another  because we have the same source of loving energy; the energy that flows through the trees is the same energy that flows through each being… We are deeply connected in this flow of energy and love,, beginning on the level of nature where we are the closest kin because the Earth is mother.” Ilio Delio ,,, and “There is no place in the universe that is separate from the originating power of the universe. Each thing of the universe has its very roots in this realm” Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, 1994

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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. “Human minds are designed for time travel”  This has drawn some 9 responses on the rising tide of consciousness in all animate creations. ‘Paradigm Shift’ is increasing its velocity perhaps…… more evidence please

“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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