Matters in the Air: 24th 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 17th Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180117
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 24th Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180124

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

The evolved concentration from this table towards modelling ‘a people’s integrated social-political-economy of trusteeship in the co-evolution of plant earth’ is now referenced in the paragraph on ICUK below and meets separately.

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:

FROM ITS IVORY TOWER – 
As opinion fell from its ivory tower,
blind with self-importance,
it would forget how at any moment,
each and every life might
fall from grace.
Your life. And my life. At any moment. NA

More on a Paradigm Shift: “The choices [before us] are to fix the system [by temporary Palliatives], to circumvent the system, [Cowardice], or burn it down and substitute something different entirely [a Curative!] .” Margaret Attwood with our own bracketed insertions …and erasure!!!

CCMJ – “the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting ny 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  – recent updates are on:  www.ccmj.org/wp

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: January 2018: • Mon 15th: We have no choice other than to be optimistic • Tue 16th: Victims blame themselves  • Wed 17th: Creative destruction  • Thu 18th: Virtual • Fri 19th: Psychobabble • Sat 20th: If you’re Jewish, it’s time to awake • Sun 21st: Fakery and inversion
•  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.” The specific pursuit of an integral model for public policy originated at the London Global Table and is now pursued as the emergence of ‘A PEOPLE’S INTEGRATED SOCIAL-POLITICAL-ECONOMY OF TRUSTEESHIP IN THE CO-EVOLUTION OF PLANT EARTH.’ The CURATIVE structural change advocated in the ICUK’s Declaration of Purpose is set within PRINCIPLED-PRAGMATISM. It provides an integrated, and therefore interdisciplinary, context for human response-ability. All specialist Disciplines must be seen to make their contribution to this dramatic description of cognitive behavioural therapy applied to public policy and purpose.”  MP [For those using philosophical and theological studies as an aid, the curative represents a modern perception of bringing the Kin[g]dom into all aspects and language of public policy. 4]. 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 are engaged in discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern. See notes on Communalism based on Murray Bookchin’s: “The Next Revolution” – CommunalismProject00-A4 – They meet 6pm-8pm on the third Monday of each month in the reading room of 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DHdates on the Events page.

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 Positive Money’s latest video about the: Bank of England and a new paper, published in January 2018: Escaping-Growth-Dependency-final_print

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:

BBC Radio 4:  PAUL SEABRIGHT:  Conflict and co-operation: A History of Trade:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lsnvw/episodes/player

JANOS ABEL:
• 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

RENEGADE INC: Monday 22nd January 2018:  Neoliberalism: The force isn’t with you: Life is dog eat dog. Business is dog eat dog. Society is dog eat dog. And of course the workplace… dog eat dog. But here is a question: when was the last time you saw a dog eating a dog? Is it natural for humans to act this way, or has neoliberalism brought out the worst aspects of human behavior? Ross Ashcroft travels to Belgium to meet Paul Verhaeghe, professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent. We ask him if the economic order we live under has changed us for the worse: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/416619-business-humans-society-neoliberalism/

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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. “A Covenant is a sacred agreement between two mutually respectful parties .” RR

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