Matters in the Air: 16th May 2018

These notes are posted at, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring. The Open Research Group hosts Global Table meetings on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ, 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 9th May 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180509
Presentation by Ashburn Holder on Food Speculation: ORG-FoodSpeculation
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 16th May 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180516

Forthcoming Events:


An associate sent a strong comment [the bones of it here] about Climate Change, but also of relevance to the CCMJ, LGOT, NRG and ICUK approachesto inclusive Public Policy…… “The Tetra-Meshed Earth: Depth and Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation Gail Hochachka  How to grasp in meaning or action such a wicked problem and hyper-object: something not directly seen and experienced, so radically non-local and involving of multiple disciplines, that exists on timeline we cannot easily grasp, and regarding a future we can only guess at. Making sense of an issue so complex is slippery and plastic, and how we then engage it is even more so.”
This is pertinent to the terms of ICUK’s engagement in the future. The good news includes:
1] the fascinating fact in the last 10 years human dimensions are now seen to be important in climate change: there exists nuance and recognition of how climate change affects people psychologically and emotionally, how meaning-making on climate change is diverse and how narrative matters, and how awareness and emotional responses are linked to our sense of agency.   2] There’s a strong commitment to trans-disciplinary co-operation and co-creativity, recognizing of the need for all disciplines to be in dialogue with each other. 3] Some action is intergovernmental [ see SIMPOL’s Vital role] —most governments are slowly awakening to the scale of the need. For those still questioning, they are being rendered irrelevant. Finally, the science of integrating technology is burgeoning in encouraging ways
The gaps, however, are that we have not held the necessary multi-part meshing of all these aspects. There remains a glaring flatland in what is actually a multi-layered depth of consciousness in the meaning-making and subsequent actions taken about climate change. Moreover, scales are conflated in an unhelpful way. We haven’t fully recognized that adaptation in a climate change context can’t just be about technical problem solving—it can’t just be about farmers adapting to a dysfunctional, unjust system, occurring at a larger-scale, which produces climate change and vulnerability in the first place—rather this involves construing the problem, life, society and self in entirely new ways. That is, adaptation has stretch to include transformation. The avant-garde are moving from dust to Divinity, matter and spirit conceived as integral and therefore how we must not turn away or leave out the most vulnerable people and species.

A HUGE NATIONAL CHALLENGE IN THE USA TO REPROGRAMME THE FUTURE’ – Please join us wherever you are in supporting the elements of the Poor People’s Campaign. If you’d like to know more about it, please read our Tikkun conversation with Rev. William Barber, the chair of the campaign, at  . He presents there his thinking about the goals and the campaign’s launching over the course of the next several weeks.
We hope you can participate in some of this important mobilization, taking place in most states in the U.S. and hopefully with support demonstrations in Canada, UK, and around the world. If you do participate take a sign identifying yourself with Tikkun or the NSP. It might simply say: Tikkun–to heal and transform our world. Or “A New Bottom Line–love, generosity, environmental sanity, social and economic justice, or simply “Love and Justice –”
When your grandchildren ask you “What did you do during the Trump years?” you can tell them, “I belonged to the Network of Spiritual Progressives and participated in the Poor People’s Campaign.”

The changing face of Britain today

VIDEO | Defend the Sacred Recently, Tamera Peace Research & Education Center in Portugal hosted a first international activist gathering under the headline “Defend the Sacred”. Moved by what had happened at Standing Rock they brought together Indigenous elders and youth from North America, thought leaders, wisdom carriers, healers and above all activists from many different countries.  Tamera is continuing to facilitate a growing global alliance in the spirit of “Defend the Sacred,” in which activists from around the world can develop a shared platform and have annual gatherings to: • build a planetary community based on mutual support and profound trust,
• develop and deepen a shared vision for a post-capitalist world, • create common strategies and collaboration toward system change, • anchor ourselves together in the experience of the sacred, • create a safe and protected space for healing and reconciliation work.
Learn more about plans for 2018 at Tamera.

Andrew Yang is running for US President in 2020 on the platform of Universal Basic Income  Read more /here »

IT WOULD BE VALUABLE TO KNOW of regular sources that associates follow for their pertinence: eg: – Richard Murphy’s TJN  – Tax Research – Resurgence – Mother Pelican’s  quarterly Journal on an Integral Anthropology for an Integral Ecology – Articles on Sovereignty: a new international discussion is available on request, and whatever else informs and encourages you.

CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice ( – “the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reaon 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, in Calvin’s time, ‘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 and ICUK continue to probe and propose a model of genuinely inclusive Public Policy that involves an integrated social-political-economy that includes the introduction of Annual Ground Rent [ use of theh Commons], the abolition of Usury, a universal right to basic living, and the curtailment of those permanent hierarchies exercising exploitative power over others.  – recent updates are on: Eg  Be humble about our knowledge. A rich resource for capturing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as his 50th anniversary dawns

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: May 2018: • Mon 7th: Icelandic banks – Israeli operation • Tue 8th: Tools for tyranny • Wed 9th: Alternative views • Thu 10th: Thinking pieces • Fri 11th: Cannabis and consciousness • Sat 12th: Western philosophy  • Sun 13th: Wars, beneficiaries and lies  • 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.” 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 PLANET 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:  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 is working on much-needed national and regional hubs to enable dedicated training for 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 PP presentation – Local Exchange Trading Schemes: Integrated Community Currency Model – ICCmodel –  and latest posting on the LETSlink Forum – on Courses in Community Currency.  See record of origin of LETS in the UK via a paper by David Weston given at the 1985 TOES Conference.

LONDON COMMUNALISTS, coordinated by John McCone, 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. See John McCone‘s written evidence on Land Value Capture submitted to the Housing and Communities and Local Government CommitteeFeedback welcomed to John McCone.

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 • Recently screened by Greenwich & Lewisham branch is Michael Oswald’s film The Spider’s Web : Britain’s Second Empire, portraying Britain’s role in creating a global network of tax havens.
• See Latest Message from Positive Money, which we have been asked to forward to our contacts:  Dear friend, I’m a supporter of Positive Money. We’re a people-powered movement to reform the money and banking system so that we can have a fairer, more democratic and more sustainable economy. There are lots of important campaigns we can choose to support. But this one is all about changing the root causes of many of the things that are important to me and to our society: our housing crisis, soaring inequality, protecting our environment, an unstable economy. I support Positive Money’s work because I believe reform of the money and banking system will mean a better world for all of us, and I think you should too! Please click here if you’re interested in signing up to Positive Money’s fortnightly newsletter too: You’ll hear about campaign and research updates, events, and what activities you can get involved in to help. The more of us who join this movement – simply by signing up to their campaign online as a starting point – the closer we’ll get to changing things for good. So please will you consider joining me and signing up to Positive Money’s fortnightly newsletter now? Just click this link and it will take you less than 30 seconds: Thanks,

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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RENEGADE INC: Monday 14th May 2018:
How university economic theories are failing us all: 

The economist John Maynard Keynes said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” But many students continue to be deceived by their professors who, even after the great financial crisis, refuse to change their mind and continue to actively peddle theories that are plain wrong. So on the show we ask if the academics are failing us, how do we begin to reverse such a heavily entrenched education system? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Professor Steve Keen and the author and economist Steven Payson:

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Over time our weekly CCMJ/ORG/ICUK fora haves 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.

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of us all.                                                         “Remedy can be nothing less than the abolition of the wrong’.

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