Matters in the Air: 20th 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 13th Dec 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171213

Forthcoming Events:


Christmas good wishes to all. Think through for your own work and witness the everyday significance of incarnation – human life set in the context of all creation and giving each of us our own vocation.

THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition:  11 Dec 2017  The Social Artist Winter 2017  Fine editorial and valuable articles intro . For the full site

Current Issue of COMER [ ] has these contents – Read It (pdf)  •The Violence of Austerity: A Book Report•Capitalist Dynamics•The Sad State of Economics Education•Central Banks as Engines of Income Inequality and Financial Crisis•Pension Schemes Face 30-year Funding Gap•The Dumbledore Beetle•How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation•As Robots Take Jobs, Europeans Mull Free Money For All Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks British Banks Can’t be Trusted — Let’s Nationalise Them•Public Transit, Privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank Canada Revealed as Quiet Tax Haven

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

An inspiring talk by George Monbiot in London, now available online, to a flourishing ecological and cultural revival in Uganda’s Great Lakes Region.

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:
Daily Pickings: December 2017: • Mon 11th: Jews are victims of other Jews • Tue 12th: Hail King Donald? • Wed 13th: Pieces of the climate/geoengineering puzzle  • Thu 14th: Independent information sources  • Fri 15th: Gene drives… because we’re worth it • Sat 16th: Why would you bother with known liars? • Sun 17th: Critical Thinkers. Link to 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: See latest posting on the LETSlink Forum – on Courses in Community Currency.

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: – latest – Interview with Yannis Varoufakis

RENEGADE INC:  Monday 18th December 2017: When talking about refugees, the central thrust of right-wing media is that migrants are leaving their countries to seek economic advantage elsewhere. These simplistic headlines play hard into reinforcing far-right or xenophobic tendencies. It glosses over the subtle, complicated and intricate stories that are unique to each displaced human being. So, on this show we look at one of the many inspiring journeys taken by refugees, who want to economically contribute to the countries that welcome them. Host Ross Ashcroft travels to Amsterdam to meet Jay Asad, a Syrian refugee and founder of the Refugee Company:

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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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