Matters in the Air: 3rd Jan 2018

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 – org@globaltable.org.uk.

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 13th Dec 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171213
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 20th Dec 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171220
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 3rd Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180103

Forthcoming Events:  http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:

FROM SINGLE ACT TO CRITICAL MASS   – a New Year’s challenge – What’s been done today and awaits more doing on the morrow? If of 187 on this list each acts, the mass move to critical change of which we readily despair may yet come.

A further response : A ‘Paradigm Shift‘ required of humanity in general is to ‘add a whole other dimension’ to the investigation of whole intelligence. The Paradigm Shift arises from following a series of questions, about knowing about ourselves physically and knowing the world through our senses, feelings, and emotional states. The Paradigm Shift takes us into radical global implications that follow from humanity becoming more embodied: with redefined emphasis on our physical nature helping us forge a more inclusive connection between ourselves and the rest oi life – LIFE being the core ‘value’ underlying this Paradigm Shift.  The importance of humanity’s ‘future planetary sense lies in enhancing our species’ chance of long-term survival also becomes apparent. Realising the full extent of our interdependence with the ‘other than human’, world extends the Paradigm Shift into considering some of the most basic and challenging questions facing humanity and each one of us.

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’. Usury then became exponentially disproportionate 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, a universal right to basic living, 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.
Daily Pickings: December 2017: • Mon 18th: Food and wine • Tue 19th: Schooling for servitude • Wed 20th: Understanding leads to freedom  • Thu 21st: We teach life  • Fri 22nd: That was 2017… • Sat 23rd: How much longer? • Sun 24th: Under attack • Mon 25th: Good versus evil… • Tue 26th: Faux democracy • Wed 27th: Hanging on to illusions • Thu 28th: Lesson repeat Infiltration and subversion • Fri 29th: The coming anastrophe • Sat 30th: The culture of critique • Sun 31st: Fake Protocols?. Link to 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 democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship in the co-evolution of planet earth. 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 – peterchallen@gmail.com – 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. 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: 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:

JANOS ABEL:
• Notes on Communalism based on Murray Bookchin’s: “The Next Revolution” – CommunalismProject00-A4
• Notes based on Tuckman’s Developmental Sequence in Small Groups:  TeamDevelopment

MOTHER PELICAN – a Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability: splendid January 2018 edition: Population, Consumption, Technology, and Integral Ecology: http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n01page1.html

PROMOTING ECONOMIC PLURALISM – an invitation to subscribe to this new campaigning organisation: http://mailchi.mp/0e7cd5b9bc46/promoting-economic-pluralism-april-newsletter-466753?e=22931ccf34 – latest – Interview with Yannis Varoufakis

RENEGADE INC: Monday 25th December 2017: What you won’t hear in the Queen’s speech:  As a busy year draws to a close we want to look back at those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017. If positive social and political change worked top-down we wouldn’t have to make this programme, but sadly it doesn’t. At a time when the political class is out of ideas and the corporate class is out of excuses for its behaviour, the job of finding new perspectives and insights falls to independent media. So here it is: Renegade Inc.’s What We Learned in 2017. Which admittedly isn’t the catchiest of titles, so here’s a pithier one: What You Won’t Hear in the Queen’s Speech: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/414175-queens-speech-independent-media/

RENEGADE INC: Tuesday 2nd January 2018: Things we didn’t know we didn’t know: A cursory glance around the world makes it clear that the lunatics are now running the asylum. In a bid to maintain our collective sanity it’s important that we re-connect with the thinkers, writers, doers and renegade types who have helped us understand the world in 2017. Now that a turbulent year has drawn to a close we want to look back to those people who have inspired and enlightened us by teaching us about the things we didn’t know we didn’t know…https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/414786-thinkers-writers-asylum-lunatics/

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COLLABORATION:
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.“Almost nothing is impossible if you do not mind who gets the credit.”

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