Matters in the Air: 10th October 2018

These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring, including the Open Research Group. 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 

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FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:
the stream is gathering force

  • “Thanks for being part of our community and helping to create a more conscious Earth!  Keep Exploring!” Joe.  What is it really going to take to create a future of equality, compassion, and harmony on this planet where humanity can truly thrive? We have been living many centuries influenced by fear-based programming and this has resulted in conflict, greed, war, and lack of fulfilment all throughout our planet. If we want to change this momentum, connect with ourselves deeply, and re-program our minds to align with universal truths and live heart-centered lives then we must take full responsibility for how we use our 24 hours in a day, what we focus your attention on, and what you choose to support. As individuals we must take full responsibility for our choices and curate supportive, empowering environments for ourselves, our families and our communities. From what we eat, what we choose to watch on the internet or TV, where we choose to work, where we choose to live, how we treat others etc.. That is why we are fully committed to growing our media and education platforms so that we can provide consciousness expanding content to you that is going to actually help change our planet.
  •  Richard Murphy : “The Gower Initiative for Modern Money Studies – a new MMT resource centre  [05-10-18] about the launch event of the Gower Initiative for Modern Money Studies – which I think is an amazing new intitiative intended to promote the idea of modern monetary theory here in the UK. There is good reason for this blog though. The GIMMS website has been launched, and it includes some great factsheets on MMT issues. They are available here.  For these reasons alone I welcome this initative – and strongly believe they will achieve a lot more than this, although it is a great start.
  • You are encouraged to watch “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” documentary. It is about 80 minutes long and is now available free-of-charge on YouTube and has had over 620,000 viewings in the last two weeks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np_ylvc8Zj8&t=278s . It will change your perspectives, I think, on the state, capitalism, accountants, finance, corruption, tax avoidance, corporate social responsibility and much more. Feel free to share it with friends, families and anyone else.
  • A Particle Physicist Explains the Tech That Won the Nobel Prize Our world is full of light, and we depend upon it to power life on our planet. So it is appropriate to honor three scientists who invented new ways of using light rays to explore our world. The 2018 Nobel…  >> Read more
  • “Let’s live together holistically”….a possible alternative?
  • From an Associate https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/requiem-living-claudius-van-wyk/
  • From and Associate  1) new book coming NOV_13…..and forgive them their debts | Michael Hudson:  https://michael-hudson.com/2018/08/and-forgive-them-their-debts/ 2) older 2012 reference … Forgive Us Our Debts – White Horse Inn   https://www.whitehorseinn.org/2012/11/forgive-us-our-debts/
  • Book reference: Sapiens https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/11/sapiens-brief-history-humankind-yuval-noah-harari-review

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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: October 2018: • Mon 1st: Conditioning for compliance • Tue 2nd: Open source learning • Wed 3rd: Who will protect us? • Thu 4th: When will reality bite? • Fri 5th: Child seduction • Sat 6th: Academic grievance studies • Sun 7th: Decentralise the web

*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.

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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BBC Radio 4: THE NEW AGE OF CAPITALISM: series of 15-minute programmes: 1.45-2pm:
1. The Intangible Economy • 2. The Attention Economy • 3. Artificial Intelligence • 4. South American Socialism • 5. Making Money • 6. High Frequency Trading • 7. Turbo-Capitalism • 8. State Capitalism • 9. Financialisation • 10. Trillion Dollar Companies • ….all episodes

RENEGADE INC: Monday 8th Oct 2018: No Man’s Land:  Why should you never trust an economist who has clean shoes? Well, the likelihood is that these academic number crunchers view the world solely from behind their desks. They never get out to see the real economy, instead they view it as they think it should be… For our survival it’s vital that we all treat land, nature and the environment as the source of all our wealth – not a disposable asset of globalisation. But how have we arrived at a place where we have become so totally disconnected from the land and the natural environment? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by one of the pioneers of the new economy movement Helena Norberg-Hodge to discuss how we can reverse this unnatural paradox: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/440635-real-economy-land-environment/

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