Matters in the Air: 24th 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 

Forthcoming Events: http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events

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

CO-CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS – Janet Limb reports from the Findhorn Foundation.In September this year, the Findhorn Foundation hosted Co-Creative Spirituality, a gathering of `subtle worlds’ explorers from around the world. Drawing on its legacy of co-creating with the con­sciousness of Nature, the foundation also worked with consciousnesses related to human technolo­gies and cities. The foundation and its conference partner the Lorian Association are responding to the renewed interest in co-creative spirituality by offering workshops and events teaching ways of partnering with our planet’s physical ecologies as well as its conscious dimensions. This event paved the way for the Findhorn Foundation 2019 Conference, Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, which will take place from 20 to z6 April 2019. www.findhorn.org

“Reading Gandhi’s early book Hind Swaraf’, now more than a century old, one is struck by his environmental message, by his localism and ability to see an alternative to capitalist growth. Gandhi’s simple and enduring messages of peaceful coexistence, respect for all faith traditions, nonviolence, sustainable and modest living, care for the poor and disadvantaged, and plain truthfulness, are as good a guide as any for navigating our broken world.”  CS

The Big Blockchain Lie  Nouriel Roubini deconstructs the myth that distributed-ledger technologies will change the world for the better.  Comments invited.

Beware the weight of our conditioned opinions being set against the daily need to feel after inclusive collaboration for a new sense of the Common Good beyond present cultural exploitation. Flashes of wisdom flow from pens or laptop keys at almost random dates and places. Sometimes and places because of their quintessential relevance to our evolving human life in the dynamic ecology of planet earth.”  Please report opportunities to take our modelling for justice further.

The basic trust we hold :  Earth care, people care and share the surplusVS

 A Synonym for USURY is RUIN
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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 15th: Dynasty • Tue 16th: Love of the truth • Wed 17th: Who wields the levers of power? • Thu 18th: Eugenics is dead… not! • Fri 19th: It’ll (should) make you crazy • Sat 20th: Headless chickens • Sun 21st: Can you govern yourself?

*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 social-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 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. Positive Money is the civil society organisation fighting for a banking system that works for people:  www.positivemoney.org • Recent Articles: The History and Future of QE/  • Bank of England on Climate Risk  • Worrying New Data on War on Cash  • Results of Swiss Referendum on Sovereign Money • Local Groups • see also Forthcoming Events

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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Renegade Inc: Monday 22nd October 2018: Britain’s Casino Councils: Conflicts of interest at the heart of local government: It’s no secret that councils and local authorities are pushed to the brink. But what if it’s not just the austerity drive that has compromised our councils? Predatory finance deals and dubious middle men have locked local councils into extortionate loan deals – siphoning money from our vital services into the pockets of the big banks and their brokers. Ross Ashcroft is joined by journalist and campaigner Joel Benjamin and the former trader at Barclays Capital Rob Carver to shine a light on the murky world of private banks lending significant sums to public councils: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/441916-britain-public-councils-finances/

RT: Going Underground: Monday 22nd October 2018: Whistleblower on financial corruption, corporate welfare, and black America (E670): On this episode of Going Underground, UBS whistleblower Stephanie Gibaud talks about financial corruption and why there are so few whistle-blowers. Steve Sprung, director of The Plan, talks about corporate welfare; Judy Hill, star of ‘What You Gonna Do when The World’s on Fire?’ talks about her experiences as a black woman in the US: https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/441908-financial-corruption-whistleblowers-corporate/

BBC1: Panorama: 22nd October 2018: Trapped by My Mortgage: Hundreds of thousands of homeowners thought they had been saved when the government took over their mortgages during the financial crisis. But ten years on, the former Northern Rock customers are still trapped on high interest rates and now their mortgages have been taken over by an aggressive private equity fund. Reporter Andy Verity meets the families who say they have been sold out by their own government: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bp2dsj

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