Matters in the Air: 1st August 2018

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 Pfreelace, 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 – info@globaltable.org.uk 

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th July 2018: OpenResearchGroup-170704
Report from UK Commons Gathering on 20th July 2018: LETSlink-Commons-180720
Forthcoming Events:
  http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  

Reading “Fire and Fury– Inside Trumps White House”. by Michael Wolff. – a highly negative view of – Elitists and egotists vying for power and self-interest – free-riding nepotism – rampant prejudice – blinkered self-interest. It leaves democracy far adrift before the egotism and monied power-plays. It hardens the view that democracy hasn’t a hope without the consistent creative-tension of Principled-Pragmatism; with a real sense of the Quantum Paradox of Prior Unity as engine of ever enriching diversity in symbiotic oscillation. Sheer energy/spirit is the guide and goad for the value of honouring difference within, and ever for, the Common Good.  In the urgent implementation of a genuine democracy engage with the collaborative initiative of  www.icuk.life in preparation for the possibility of a General Election. Are you concerned as a possible candidate or a responsible voter- both are needed. R. Chapple 

FINDING COMMON GROUND:   Are you disheartened by the increasing division showing up around the world? Are you concerned for our future — and for the future of generations to come? Finding Common Ground for Personal & Collective Transformation Source of Synergy Foundation: Free online Summer of Peace Summit: August 7-9th 2018 – Details/Register –  contact: info@sourceofsynergyfoundation.org:

Finance and Sustainability: Is there a way forward?   Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM *** Early bird tickets available until 21 August – 33% discount ***   10 Years after the failure of Lehmans, the finance sector is now often seen as a potential ally in promoting sustainability.  Green bonds and impact investment are growing trends with the promise of financing renewable energy, catchment management and more. But can the finance sector model of pile it up and sell it cheap work with the complexity and uncertainty which is often central to sustainability?   Even if it can, the finance system demands economic growth to feed returns to investors and lenders which doesn’t sound particularly sustainable. Furthermore it is hardly a sector that is known for its trustworthiness.  Can these circles be squared? Can we develop a financial system that truly promotes sustainability?  Nick Silver, Financial Entrepreneur and Author of Finance, Society and Sustainability and Marloes Nicholls, Programme Manager of The Finance Innovation Lab, will give their views followed by discussion: Details/Booking:

Richard Murphy writes: Answering the question ‘How do unearned benefits pay for themselves?’ Posted: 25 Jul 2018               AND   
Democracy is at risk – but not just from social media
  28-7-18  Guardian:

To change how politics works: https://www.compassioninpolitics.com/ COMMENTS WELCOMED.

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.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. And we welcome new examples of creative collaboration in our search for inclusive justice.OUR RANGE OF NETWORKS:

COMMONS and 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 • See latest update on the Co-operative Sector: http://www.letslink.org/forum/commons-and-co-operatives-update/

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: July 2018: • Mon 23rd: Permaculture and learning • Tue 24th: Electric future? • Wed 18th: Farming us through our data • Thu 26th: Outlawing reason and debate • Fri 27th: Concern for the vulnerable? • Sat 28th: (break) • Sun 29th July: Social conditioning and manipulation • 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 – peterchallen@gmail.com – for latest developments anDd 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 – ICCmodelSee record of origin of LETS in the UK via a paper by David Weston, “Green Economics: The Community Use of Currency,” paper presented at The Other Economic Summit at the 1984 TOES Conference as recorded by Paul Ekins in “The Living Economy: A New Economics in the Making”, 1986.  See LETSlink Forum.  

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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PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS – reviews always welcomed:-]

The Summer 2018 issue of The Social Artist (incorporating The Social Crediter) in two pdf formats, one for reading on screen, the other for printing out as a booklet. These are also available on our website: www.douglassocialcredit.com . Two different and valuable reviews of Jeremy Lent’s ‘The Patterning Instincts -A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for meaning’ ‘

RENEGADE INC: Monday 30th July 2018: Big Four and the revolving doorWhen accountants and auditors become the story because of systemic failures and corporate malfeasance you know something has gone badly wrong. As if not to be outdone by banking crises, big accountancy firms are increasingly embroiled in corporate scandals and conflicts of interests. So how do we clearly define their role so they actually serve society, instead of continually maximising profit for private and personal gain? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Oxford Business & Public Policy Professor Karthik Ramanna and Professor Atul Shah, whose speciality is Accounting & Finance at the University of Suffolk: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/434611-accounting-audit-corporations-crisis/
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 The term “perennial philosophy” . . . refers to a fourfold realization: (1) there is only one Reality (call it, among other names, God, Mother, Tao, Allah, Dharmakaya, Brahman, or Great Spirit) that is the source and substance of all creation; (2) that while each of us is a manifestation of this Reality, most of us identify with something much smaller, that is, our culturally conditioned individual ego; (3) that this identification with the smaller self gives rise to needless anxiety, unnecessary suffering, and cross-cultural competition and violence; and (4) that peace, compassion, and justice naturally replace anxiety, needless suffering, competition, and violence when we realize our true nature as a manifestation of this singular Reality. The great sages and mystics of every civilization throughout human history have taught these truths in the language of their time and culture. —Rami Shapiro [1]

 

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