Matters in the Air: 13th Dec 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 6th Dec 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171206
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 13th Dec 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171213

Forthcoming Events:


WHERE DOES the Bethlehem story relate to humanity today?  Has commercialism and individualism caused us to lose sight of some enduring wisdom held within the great mix of Christmas festivities. In wishing every associate receiving this list, a joyful Christmas celebration, this attempt is offered to express that largely now hidden Wisdom!  Comments or improvements are of course always welcomed:…………………..


Our worldly stance is indicative of vocation,
with implications of faith examined
and lived for people and for planet;
in and before village, city or just the Surrey Hills;
all part of intimate, corporate and global life
ever oscillating as responsive and able action,
that is: becoming
fully human, only when all are fully human.

That is ‘incarnation’: being human,
ordinarily, yet having extra-ordinary gifts,
within the complexity of natural, emergent
energies and creativity;
fed by a vocative, evocative, pro-vocative
force hiding under the shadow
of the all too human metaphor, God,
living out panentheistic, generous goodness.

Thus: for our Grace and Favour residence
here in this verdant earth,
we enter voluntarily a solemn covenant,
a full repairing contract,
serviced by humble economic contributions,
by democratic political self-governance,
and by that abiding societal sense that
no one is fully human, until all are fully human.

‘PARADIGM SHIFT’  We would still value your definition of the nature of the fundamental change of mind that humans have to enter if we are to develop a new systemic structure to serve justice and lead to peace.

An useful issue of The Mint Magazine Issue 2 Summer 2017 magazine is available.

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 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): • 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: December 2017: • Mon 4th: A real holocaust • Tue 5th: Anybody Who Gives You a Belief System Is Your Enemy • Wed 6th: Land belongs to no-one • Thu 7th: Good ol’ boys and their games • Fri 8th: Google killer? • Sat 9th: What you think you see is not what you get • Sun 10th: I’m Not Racist, am I? • 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. 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:

LONDON COMMUNALISTS – studying Murray Bookchin’s Book: The Next Revolution: see Janos Abel’s paper introducing this project:  CommunalismProject00-A4

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: splendid December 2017 edition: Turning Point in Cultural Evolution:

PROMOTING ECONOMIC PLURALISM – an invitation to subscribe to this new campaigning organisation:

RENEGADE INC:  Monday 11th December 2017: What happened to kids company?: Kids Company was one of the most recognizable and loved charities of our time. It was universally adored, as was its maverick founder Camila Batmanghelidjh. After a stream of negative media stories, however, about lavish spending and mismanagement, national sentiment reversed, almost overnight. Suddenly, Batmanghelidjh, once regarded as Britain’s most colorful and inspirational charity leaders became – in the eyes of the media – a disgrace. Now that the dust has settled, we ask what really pushed Kids Company to the wall?:

THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition:

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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.

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