Matters in the Air: 5th Sept 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 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 – 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

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FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  quite  a stream this week!

  • Finding the passion in life timely advice to the young by Richard Murphy
  • It’s time to tax wealth, and land in particular: Richard Murphy
  • An associate writes “ICUK might be likened to Wilber’s ‘Integral Operating System’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRXrQQx7c1Q extended through the personal response and the corporately complex to the replenishment of the earth.” see below*
  • When is a change a real change? When it is a paradigm shift! ” By Glenda Eoyang – https://www.hsdinstitute.org/resources/paradigm-shift.html The term “paradigm shift” gets tossed around. Its meaning has become more and more hazy since 1962, when Thomas Kuhn first applied the term to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press, 2012). It is suggested there are signs in human systems dynamics and other complexity-informed disciplines in social sciences, which must all be noted. Teaching complexity is often much more difficult than understanding it…. so ideas are invited from your experience
  • A quote from correspondence: ‘There’s something meditative about being close to the water: it reminds me that I’m a little electrochemical being who needs to be earthed. The sea lets me discharge whatever electrical currents are in my brain.” from Resurgence 31-8-18 – https://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article5151-making-connections-and-making-waves.html
  • Healing of Humanity and the Biosphere  in Mother Pelican     Sept 2018 http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n09page1.html especially Serving the Earth, Serving One Another, by Joanna Macy   and  Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust ~ Part I, by Thomas Boudreau and Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust ~ Part II, by Thomas Boudreau
  • A BOOK THAT HIT MY MAT THIS WEEK:   ‘How to Get Rich and Famous – a big Picture story’ Tom Butler – Everybody wants to be rich and famous. That’s understandable. But we can’t all be at the top of the pyramid. So if our hierarchy of power doesn’t work, how can we all be rich and famous? Can we all be rich and famous? Yes. This book is will help you understand the nature of the system we live in and envision a path to a more creative, fulfilling, life.  Stepping back to expand your perspective reveals your own untapped potential.  How to Get Rich and Famous expands your perspective, explores the consequences of contemporary behaviour as a society and as individuals, and offers proven techniques for balancing life and work through liberating your potential. The author’s personal experience of living and working at the cutting edge of organisational behaviour, sustainable systems and human psychology inform an expansive review of rapidly emerging trends and opportunitiesHow to Get Rich and Famous

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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 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: August/Sept 2018: • Mon 27th Aug: Sovereignty • Tue 28th Aug: Africa’s wealth • Wed 29th Aug: Global money and Africa • Thu 30th Aug: History repeats • Fri 31st Aug: Song of defiance • Sat 1st Sept: The queen’s prerogative • Sun 2nd Sept: Revisionism is no longer a dirty word • 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 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:  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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MORALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Monday 3rd Sept 2018: Episode 1: Responsibility Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st Century: (42 minutes) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06jxzr0

RENEGADE INC: Monday 3rd Sept 2018: Private Finance Initiative: A fraud on the people?: Successive British governments have used the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) since the early 90’s to fund infrastructure and public spending but the scheme has always been controversial. The public-private partnership was supposed to create efficiency in public spending although the reality has been very different. Host Ross Ashcroft asks Allyson Pollock, Ian Fraser, Ann Pettifor, Dr Bob Gill and Laurie Macfarlane if PFI has been beneficial to the public or has it been, as the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland publicly claimed, “a fraud on the British people”? – https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/437493-uk-private-finance-initiative/

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