Matters in the Air: 7th Feb 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 31st Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180131
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 7th Feb 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180207
Forthcoming Events:
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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 Positive Money “The UK’s misguided obsession with GDP is driving us all into debt” – The Independent and  “Unless We Kick Our Addiction to Growth, We’re Heading Towards A Debt-Fuelled Dystopia” – The Huffington Post

Prem Sikka : An article which shows that the fig leaf of confidentiality is enabling governments, regulators and corporations to avoid public scrutiny and accountability. It may interest you. It is available at https://leftfootforward.org/2018/01/the-carillion-scandal-shows-its-time-to-end-the-stitch-up-of-commercial-sensitivity/

Please note : the London premiere screening of John Feldman’s new film on the life and work of Lyn Margulis, ‘Symbiotic Earth’, will be held at the Linnean Society on Thursday 8th March at 6 pm. Lynn was a Fellow of the Society and the screening not only celebrates International Women’s Day but also what would have been Lynn’s 80th birthday on March 5th. Details and booking arrangements for both events can be found through the following links:  https://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/symbiotic-earth-how-lynn-margulis-rocked-the-boat-and-started-a-scientific-revolutionhttps://www.linnean.org/meetings-and-events/events/gaia-walk-with-peter-horton . Symbiosis was recognised  in the Abrahanic scriptures “God breathed into the clay of the earth and it became a living being.” Gen 2:7

We Are Bio-Cosmic Beings Learning to Live in a Living Universe By Duane Elgin. In the Current Edition of Kosmos Journal. “Our view of the Universe profoundly impacts how we live in the world. If we think we live in a Universe that is comprised of non-living particles without meaning and purpose, then it makes sense to exploit that which is dead on behalf of ourselves, the most visibly alive. Alternatively, if we have direct experiences of connecting with the aliveness in nature and the world around us, then it is natural to respect and care for the countless expressions of aliveness.” READ MORE →

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/February 2018: • Mon 29th: Poisoning the well • Tue 30th: Acceptable sexual misconduct  • Wed 31st Jan:  Latent war within temporary peace • Thu 1st: Critical Thinking’s analysis explained • Fri 2nd: Does “news” make sense? • Sat 3rd: White Helmets illusion and the guilty • Sun 4th: The sharing economy is not a Utopian fantasy •  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 1DH – dates 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:

• James Robertson: has announced his retirement.  His 58 newsletters, from January 2004 to August 2017 are archived  on his website, together with much other valuable material: http://www.jamesrobertson.com

JANOS ABEL:
• Notes based on Tuckman’s Developmental Sequence in Small Groups:  TeamDevelopment

PUBLIC BANKING INSTITUTE (Ellen Brown, USA) – Michigan moving to Public Banking: See:  PBI-News-1802   • http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/blog

RADIO 4:
Wed 31st Jan 2018: Shaking the Magic Money Tree:
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pl66b
Thu 1st Feb 2018: This Week – Report from John Simpson, and discussion with Michael Portillo on Democracy: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09qn808/this-week-01022018

RENEGADE INC: Monday 5th May 2018: Digital is killing democracy: A big assumption we make when talking about the Internet and social media is that it is a power for good and enhances democracy. But what if social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech? After a string of recent global political upheavals, we ask whether it is time to re-think where we get our information from and who is pulling the strings? Host Ross Ashcroft travels to The Netherlands to meet political scientist Andre Krouwel, who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/417906-digital-democracy-social-media/
• RT News: ‘Truth about Tech’:
 Ex-Silicon Valley insiders launch campaign against ‘erosive’ social networks: https://www.rt.com/usa/417884-facebook-google-addiction-tech/
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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly ICUK 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. “The necessary paradigm shift will occur as we discover simultaneously that the creative energy within ourselves is one and the same in all – all individuals, all creatures, all of life.” thus : William Blake : Tyger Tyger burning bright,/ In the forests of the night:/ What immortal hand or eye, / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry.”

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