These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 13th June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180613
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 20th June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180620
Report from Cooperative Meetup on 22nd June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180622
Forthcoming Events: http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events
FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:
- Responses to a poem by Nic Askew ‘Beyond the Prison’s Walls.’ Dave Hampton: My point of inspiration at this time is the (youth-led, people of colour-led) youth climate march on July 21. http://thisiszerohour.org/ Not the march so much (we’ve all been there and done that) but the resolve, wisdom, clarity, creativity and courage of the young people growing their own movement. I stand with them as they stand up: to NRA (it has grown out of sister ‘march for our lives’) and big fossil and big money. Putting our bodies where our youth is?
- Claudius van Wyk: “To the fully enlightened man whose consciousness embraces the universe, the universe becomes his body, whilst his body becomes an instrument of universal mind.” Lama Govinda
Sunset for Liberal Democracy 17 Jun 2018 The denial of popular sovereignty by mainstream leaders allows demagogues like Trump to pose as democratic champions. George Monbiot, Guardian 18-6–18 . In The Rights of Man, published in 1791, Thomas Paine argued that “Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself, in all cases, as the ages and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.” This is widely accepted – in theory if not in practice – as a basic democratic principle.
Richard Nelson’s “Massively transformative invention enabling everyone everywhere to live in place of natural abundance and durability through change is advancing dramatically. Please have a look at this virtual reality video of the WikiPOD proof-of-concept structure which can be adapted to use as a Vertical Farm or a Human Habitat with integral life support systems providing abundance of food, water and energy – see https://we.tl/5ZTLl7VSY6 • www.PODnet.is
New Lucas Plan campaign:If you have seen preliminary versions of Steve Sprung’s film THE PLAN, on the story of the Lucas Plan, you’ll know how inspiring it is and what a great contribution it makes to our movement. Steve is now about to launch a crowdfunding application for the final technical stages of completing the film. The New Lucas Plan working group will be supporting the campaign and Steve has had endorsements from Ken Loach and other significant figures. The New Lucas Plan group would be very grateful for any support you could give it, either by making a pledge yourself or forwarding the publicity to your network. For now, you can see the trailer at: http://theplandocumentary.com/. The Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/The-Plan-Documentary. I will be in touch next week with more details. Best wishes, Dave King
CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice (www.ccmj.org) – Usury/exploitation lies at the heart of global distress. Things aren’t getting any better because so few are addressing what’s really wrong – a foundational fault requiring inclusive system change. 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. www.ccmj.org – recent updates are on: www.ccmj.org/wp Eg Be humble about our knowledge. A rich resource for capturing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as his 50th anniversary dawns http://www.telospress.com/telos-182-martin-luther-king-jr-fifty-years-on/.
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: June 2018: • Mon 11th: The party’s over • Tue 12th: Do we need banks? • Wed 13th: Other sources • Thu 14th: Know ye not that you are Gods? • Fri 15th: Liberating information • Sat 16th: Outlawing information • Sun 17th: Putin’s tightrope walk • 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 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: 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 – email@example.com – 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: http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm. 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 Committee. Feedback 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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MOTHER PELICAN – June 2018 – www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n06page1.html. Some of the rich contributions eg Solidarity Economy: Building an Economy for People and Planet, by Emily Grey, by Nathan Hagens : Toward a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy, by Robert Costanza, Elizabeth Caniglia, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Ida Kubiszewski, et al: As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, it’s time to resurrect its vision of global sharing and justice, by Adam Parsons ; The Truths We Have In Common, by John Michael Greer: Returning to the Commonplace, by John Michael Greer. pick the one that catches your attention and send us critique.
RENEGADE INC: Monday 18th June 2018: Looting Libya: One of the biggest Western foreign policy adventures in recent years is underreported in the media. The so-called ‘intervention’ in Libya has created a failed state that is riven with extremists all vying for power. The war was sold as allied forces intervening to deliver a virtuous and prosperous country. But in reality, they were only there for Libya’s resources. So we ask, was destroying Libya just another day at the office for politicians, short-sighted bureaucrats, and vulture corporates who continually try to enforce global economic supremacy? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Dr. Matthew Alford, teaching fellow in politics at University of Bath, and Dr. Tim Coles, director and founder of Plymouth Institute for Peace Research: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/430068-libya-war-resources-politics/
Over time our weekly CCMJ/ORG/ICUK fora have 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.
Sagan: “Consider again that dot in the vast stretches of the universe. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived here.” The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management – for Today’s Caretakers of Tomorrow’s World” model which has been one of our inspirations looks first at potential, then present state and finally the new management required of us all in every aspect of human responsibility.