Matters in the Air: 29th August 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 4th July 2018: OpenResearchGroup-170704
Report from UK Commons Gathering on 20th July 2018: LETSlink-Commons-180720
Forthcoming Events:

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Richard Murphy (Tax Justice) recommends The Politics of Empathy (video) – see here plus comments:

Sacha Stone on Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse:

BREXIT:  Planning has ‘barely scratched the surface’. Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, says the government has hardly begun to prepare what would need to be done in a no-deal scenario, and there was a serious risk of an “unsustainable legal vacuum”. The withdrawal agreement with the EU is intended to allow for most existing laws and institutions to remain in place during a transitional period of almost two years, while the government negotiates the details of its future trading relationship with the EU. But if talks break down – or MPs reject the deal – it is unclear what would happen next. Labour’s analysis suggests new legislation would have to be passed hastily in four key policy areas: EU citizens’ rights; immigration rules for EU travellers entering Britain; criminals held under the European arrest warrant; and the Irish border. The government has long promised an immigration bill – but has not yet even published a white paper. The home affairs select committee warned recently that “if there’s no deal, [the immigration system] is going to be completely chaotic as no one will know what the arrangements will be until the very last minute and there is going to be no time for anyone to plan at all”.

Hilary Wainright’s ‘A New Economics from the Left’: Final Paragraph:  Participatory democracy is sometimes dismissed as somehow mindless, the politics of ‘the mob’. One implication of my argument is that, on the contrary, it is a case of active minds linking their experience to that of others, and thinking through the sometimes conflicting implications of both, far more than in conventional forms of oligarchic government. It is a process involving a collective self-consciousness, of which one aspect must be self-discipline — including knowing when to stop talking. In that sense, par­ticipatory processes are microcosms of the process of decentralisation essential to the new politics from the left, a daily organising practice of letting go, sharing and no longer controlling. Shutting up is not always my strong point, but I think now is the time to practise what I propose, to let go and leave the development of a new politics to you, the reader. I include, as a resource, a list of further reading, and of journals and websites where many knowledgeable and experienced people are sharing their ideas and would welcome your collaboration. As Jeremy Corbyn put it: ‘At the end of the day, human beings want to do things together. We want to do things collectively.’

Good Capital Conference programme see

Nic Askew (SOUL): Conscious [R]evolution – The Point Of This WorkON FILM.

Monbiot exposes lack of democracy: My Way Or The Highway.

An associate writes “ICUK might be likened to Wilbur’s ‘Integral Operating System’ extended through the personal response and the corporately complex to the replenishment of the earth.” see below*

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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  The campaign website – in development – includes videos by John Courtneidge explaining the proposal: • See latest update on the Co-operative Sector:

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: August 2018: • Mon 20th: Double bind • Tue 21st: The war to destroy Europe • Wed 22nd: The Skripal effect • Thu 23rd: Greenhouse questioned • Fri 24th: The controversy of Zion • Sat 25th: Earthquake! • Sun 26th Aug: Sticks, stones and “suicide” • 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.

THERE IS NEVER A TYPICAL ICUK FORUM. Last week the provisional agenda was not tackled. Four of us wove together a collaboratively improved understanding of a] the intricacies of consciousness, b] through the responsibilities of a local councillor, c] in their pertinence to  one enabling “Living Your Values”; thus contributing to an exchange based on Principled–Pragmatism and Both/And with the help of the new Atlas of Planet and Management for today’s caretakers of tomorrow’s world. We felt the rich harmony in the collaborative “WE”. Let’s call the our emergent discernment  “Interiority with a sense of cosmic context.”

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 – 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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MONEY BOX: Economics with Subtitles – Series 1 (4): 25th August: Coffins Full of Car Keys: Why we have interest rates, how we misunderstand them – and a curious coffin connection. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. In this edition, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith & Steve Bugeja make sense of interest rates. Why did they lead to coffins full of car getting sent to the US Federal Reserve? What factors affect what you have to pay on your loans? And what do your film choices say about why you decide to borrow? Producers: Simon Maybin & Phoebe Keane:

RENEGADE INC: Monday 27th August 2018: The Gamble: Party like it’s 1929: A herd mentality when it comes to investing might work in the short term… but if everyone is thinking the same thing it is unlikely that anyone is doing any original thinking. So, as the problems stack up for the debt-ridden global economy, it’s important to remember that, since 2008, policy makers have not actually addressed the root causes of our economic problems. Host Ross Ashcroft joins investor and CEO Paul Gambles, to get a critical view from an insider who doesn’t buy the well-worn line that “it’s different this time”:

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