Matters in the Air: 10th Jan 2018

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 3rd Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180103
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 10th Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180110

Forthcoming Events:


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.

Two further responses re: A ‘Paradigm Shift’: 1. “The contest between top-down might ground up rights has been played many times in the world’s favourite, but we haven’t seen this intensity from on-site prosperous allegedly democratic Western Europe. All societies are due to experience a no longer deniable socio-ecological collapse, and that which many are now living through in Catalonia is good training for it. We are breaking away from obsolete structures and from their mirages that held our unsustainable world-view, and are getting used to uncertainty, building emotional resilience, having a stronger sense of participation and purpose, feeling more rooted in our local communities, and becoming native to the land. The more we face risk with clarity and creativity the more empowered we become.” A Catalonian citizen’s comment.

2. David E. Cooper in Resurgence: “A doctrine of mystery avoids the extremes that all truths and values are fiction. It denies that reality as such be described or articulated, but it doesn’t deny the existence of what is “beyond the human”. Instead we need to accept that the source of ground of the world of experience is ineffable. There can be no explanation – none we can articulate – of the emergence of this world of experience. It cannot be explained as the product of nature or of culture, of subject or object, for these are inseparable. There is no description of nature, including the scientists, that is not already shaped by culture, and any description of culture is already shaped by experience of nature. We should embrace the idea of nature-and-culture, subject-and object, and a whole world of experience, is emerging inexplicably from a source that is mysterious to 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.

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: January 2018: • Mon 1st: Water to life  • Tue 2nd: 21st century bogeyman • Wed 3rd: How low can they go?  • Thu 4th: The Logan Act and treason  • Fri 5th: The tombstone of Western civilization  • Sat 6th: Descent from spirit into matter  • Sun 7th:  Safer Spaces? 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 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:  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:

• 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:

RENEGADE INC: What to expect in 2018: As it’s the beginning of the year, we invited some friends of the show into the studio to discuss the mega trends that will affect the world over the next 12 months. To find out what will be hot and what will flop in 2018, host Ross Ashcroft is joined by economist Steve Keen, political economists Ann Pettifor and Robert Wade, and writer and anthropologist David Graeber: Steve Keen, who recall highlights of 2017, discuss what’s wrong with the economy (or economists), and the need for new voices to speak up, and give their predictions for 2018.

TAX JUSTICE UK: Richard Murphy comments at positive length in his significant blog on a new book by Prof. Michael Hudson – ‘…And Forgive them their Debts: Credit and Redemption’- Just suppose Jesus was obsessed with debt, and not sex. What would Christianity have to say in that case?

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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.“Throw out all dogma; but take back the poetry that first inspired it”

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