Matters in the Air: 12th 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
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FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:
quite  a stream this week!

  • Richard Murphy: Tax Research UK: The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice: good micro but it’s still a shame about the macro
  • Jubilee Centre:   ‘Crumbling Foundations: A biblical critique of modern money
  • UPDATE on two new political initiativesProject One Movement UK Limited – Director: Simon Elliot Franks. Born August 1971 This is the man behind the Project One Movement UK Limited company. He was involved in founding Lovefilm and other film distribution companies. Much charitable work apparently. Originally a banker and later “advisor to Ed Balls and the Labour party”. • https://www.thefff.org/our-founder/ • https://businessshapers.co.uk/shaper-simon-franks/  • https://startups.co.uk/who-is-simon-franks/. Not sure if this is connected but most likely – Project One Movement twitter account: https://twitter.com/projectonemove?lang=en” – New Centrist Party for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A centre-ground to unite all of us.” Appears to be very anti Corbyn. There are two companies – One is Project One Movement UK Limited – And the other with the exact name as in the email is Project One Movement for the UK Limited. it is now called United for Change Limited The both share the same registered office: 16-18 Berners Street. It’s the entity behind a new attempted “centrist” party for the labour movement –https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/08/a-daft-waste-of-time-labour-pours-scorn-on-new-centrist-party Anti Corbyn etc. United for Change Limited / Project One Movement for the UK Limited Incorporated: 11 Aug 2017 Directors: Ryan Joseph Wain. Marketing Consultant born November 1987 Dr Saima Rana. Principal born April 1977 Original director on incorporation: Simon Elliot Franks
  • ‘Life is not a singular thing.’ In the mysteries of cosmic flow, ‘god’ perhaps, everything, everyone is in a process of co-evolution for good or ill.  Let us each be a prophetic questioner of all our cultural conditioning that leads to eco-cide.  ‘Ubuntu’, ‘I am because you are’, is one starting point for the mind-shift needed. AD
  • I was happy to see the word “ubuntu” in there.  Ubuntu is interesting because it is the name given to a leading open source computer operating system which is a model of both distribution of technology and also collaborative organisational behaviour. (If we keep using Microsoft we support the pyramid of power.)  And of course ubuntu’s meaning evokes positive, sharing ethics and ethos.  A fundamental principle required for enlightened system emergence, which is very difficult to grasp, except for very young children, is that we are all connected and we are all connected within the universe, within nature.  This goes beyond ubuntu’s “I am because we are” or “humanity towards others”, it recognises the physical and meta-physical unity of existence.  With this perspective, life becomes inclusive instead of exclusive and we stop using language which refers to “us” and “them”.  This divisive mindset is at the root of grand institutions of politics, religion and law and it stands in the way of enlightenment. I hope my remarks, if not agreeable, are taken in good faith. Best wishes, from  TB from  Ireland

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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.  • Link to Co-Creative Learning: https://cocreativelearning.org
Daily Pickings: September 2018: • Mon 3rd: The Berlin Wall • Tue 4th: Social media regulation PSYOP • Wed 5th: Grounding • Thu 6th: Duped into obedience • Fri 7th: Ponder this • Sat 8th: Are we for real? • Sun 9th: We didn’t win the war

*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: Thursday 6th Sept 2018: Episode 2: Artificial Intelligence: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world’s leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students. AI is already fundamentally transforming our world, and in the coming years will have an enormous impact on almost every aspect of our lives. So the ethical questions surrounding its development are urgent and important. Rabbi Sacks argues that we must always be able to choose our fate, in the full dignity of responsibility, never forgetting that machines were made to serve human beings, not the other way around. Contributors: Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind; Nick Bostrom, Philosophy Professor at the University of Oxford; Students from Queens’ School in Hertfordshire. Producer: Dan Tierney Series Editor: Christine Morgan (45 minutes) . https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bgrw3k

RENEGADE INC: Monday 10th Sept 2018: Keen to debunk the world: As we all collectively endure the ‘Maybot,’ global housing markets, the humble Trump, trade wars, currency crises, QE, QT, and Ponzi schemes, it’s possible to believe that we’re all going mad when actually it’s the system we labor under that is utterly crazy. Almost all the trust capital that mainstream media once protected has been fritted away with half-baked explanations that don’t match our experience of the world. Host Ross Ashcroft calls on the insights of Steve Keen, an economist who hasn’t drunk the neoliberal Kool Aid to help make sense of our chaotic world. – https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/438036-trump-us-war-crisis/

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