Matters in the Air: 22nd 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 –

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 15th Nov 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171115
Brief Report of Meeting at SES on 21st Nov organised by PEP: OpenResearchGroup-171121
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 22nd Nov 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171122

Forthcoming Events:


‘PARADIGM SHIFT’ is appearing in more and more enquiries into the need for serious structural change in the management of complex societies in a finite, and in terms of its carrying capacity, a fragile planet. An invitation is made for the drafting of the pithiest description or definition of the ‘shift’. There will of course always be several pertinent descriptions, depending somewhat on the source of the ideas and the audience  addressed. Pen to paper please ; and then an email!!!   One strong definition has been offered but it won’t appear here until we have several drafts with which we can evaluate comparisons.

From Mario Molinari:   ON KNOWLEDGE  – Food is the source of all knowledge – Water is  the source of all knowledge – Energy is the source of all knowledge:   The way to aver knowledge is to take humanity with you:

Given the scale of interest in the LSE event on Saturday, 11 November 2017 with Dr Muhammad Yunus, we note that a podcast and video of this is now online and available to download here

Reception for launch of All Party Parliamentary Group on Land Value Capture Monday, 4th December 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Houses of Parliament, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR (Please allow circa 30 minutes to clear security at Portcullis House) UN Study Warns: Growing Economic Concentration Leads to “Rentier Capitalism”

Climate Change: We have also been told of two deeply worrying reports regarding Climate Change: 1. Alternative Climate Scientists are continually warning of a little ice age: Russian Scientist: ‘The New Little Ice Age Has Started’, and 2. Alternative Climate Scientists are being threatened with imprisonment: Scientists threatened for ‘climate denial’

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 probe and propose a model of an integrated social-political-economy that includes the introduction of Annual Ground Rent, the abolition of Usury and the curtailment of those permanent hierarchies exercising exploitative power over others.

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 certain Tuesdays 7-9pm at – see Events Listing at The London School of Mosaic in the Basement Studio (down ramp), 73-96 Ludham, Southampton Road, 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: also Daily Pickings: November 2017: • Mon 13th: BookFace “rewards” – Pavlov on steroids • Tue 14th: Resonating analysis • Wed 15th: Blair, Brown and the bankster scam • Thu 16th: “The army is doing something about the weather” • Fri 17th: Lab rats on the human farm • Sat 18th: “Sheep dipping” • Sun 19th: Dangerous people • 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 20th November 2017: The Finance Curse: For many years, we’ve been told that finance is good and more finance is better. But it doesn’t seem everyone in the UK is sharing the benefits. On this program, we ask a very simple question – can a country suffer from a finance curse? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by City veteran David Buik and the man who coined the term Quantitative Easing, International Banking and Finance Professor Richard Werner:

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

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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”   ‘Paradigm Shift’ is increasing its velocity perhaps…… more evidence please – see fresh invitation at the opening above for this week


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