These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, 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 – email@example.com.
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
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 29th Nov 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171129
Forthcoming Events: http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events
FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:
‘PARADIGM SHIFT’ . This shaft of broken text in definition of the shift we need was sent to 14 people in various disciplines and it was interesting that each of the 12 to respond so far, found a different entry point relating to their own conditioning and then to associating with the while context. Poetry, or this kind of broken text, can often stir up a range of conversations through a wide network
DYING TO BECOME… or…. THE JOBBING THEOLOGIAN IN US ALL
Never impossible – only – not yet achieved.
Within our ‘Future [planetary] Sense’ and ‘Whole Intelligence’,
all is present, flowing, incalculable potential,
‘I am’, in me, becoming all I might be;
You, astonished, reaching beyond your grasp;
We, inspired, transcending conditioning;
rare hope formulating ordinarily,
as pragmatic purposes
are born again of universal principles.
Thus, rising cosmic consciousness,
enthused in moral imagination,
frames today’s preparation
and each hour’s ensuing act.
Wondering prayerfulness supersedes
promise, purpose, potential,
all realised, restore the replenishing of earth.
The covenant of everything under the rainbow
thrives in inclusive health and wealth
It needs no attribution – any intrinsic value found within needs no ownership; it offers a shared place in enduring wisdom as it surfaces again and again through time in ever-new forms.
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. www.ccmj.org
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 www.interestfreemoney.org. The campaign website – in development – includes videos by John Courtneidge explaining the proposal: http://www.co-operativesocialism.org
FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets most Tuesdays 7-9pm (last meeting of term 2nd December) – 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): http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • Critical Thinking’s scope: http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy – 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: http://iei.kau.edu.sa/Files/121/Files/153872_30-02-09-Clive-3.pdf. See also Daily Pickings: November 2017: • Mon 20th: Human irony • Tue 21st: Static thinking in a dynamic environment • Wed 22nd: Scene setting • Thu 23rd: CoCreative Learning with AI • Fri 24th: Reality gap • Sat 25th: Data is the new oil • Sun 26th: Power in the land • See also: Co-Creative Learning: https://cocreativelearning.org
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: http://www.icuk.life. An informal Strategy Forum meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm – you are invited to contact Peter Challen – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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. Newly online groups are being encouraged to work on a county-wide basis. The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups: http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm.
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: https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/money-and-society-mooc-starts-again-august-20th-2017/2017/08/15?
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: http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv13n09page1.html
Renegade Inc: Monday 27th November 2017: The Tide Has Turned: Take a cursory glance around popular culture and you will quickly notice a well-worn gender lens depicting the sexes. Men are often depicted as dominating Neanderthals who don’t do domesticity or directions, and women are painted as subservient shopaholics with a shoe and chocolate problem. None of this is helpful. Isn’t it time we progressed beyond these damaging marketing memes? On this show, we begin constructive conversation about gender and new leadership styles in a post-alpha male age. Ross Ashcroft is joined by aviator Tracey Curtis Taylor and the chief creative officer at Mr. President, Laura Jordan-Bambach: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/411034-shopaholic-popular-culture-marketing/
THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition: Sufficiency – Commons- Home – Rowbotham, Illich et al: www.douglassocialcredit.com
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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.