Matters in the Air: 21st November 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 and ICUK  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,, plus the theft of the Commons and Institutional Drag!  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:

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.” from Brené Brown’s manifesto for vulnerability

Christopher Cooke is passionate about human emergence, the evolution of consciousness, and especially the critical role of holistic agriculture in ensuring the survival of the human species. https://www.3lm.network/our-team/ and on Wednesday Nov 28th may meet Peter Challen, who is passionate about social justice and a new form of political expression that takes the holistic stance, e.g.  https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-comment/2016/06/trusteeship-in-the-harmony-of-nature

Paul Nicholson in Guardian and Church Times in November: Rage against the cruelty of so-called austerity.

T M-Y: I have been plodding away on Volunteers for Humanity and the flaw of 51.9% of the vote for Brexit not being 75% of the vote to leave as s. 283 of the Companies Act 2006 setting out a special resolution required for the shareholders of a company would suggest.  The link is the Bill of Rights 1689 and the R (Miller) case which lead to the European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Act 2017.  Basically, Parliament cannot pass the Companies Act 2006 and not apply the same analysis of when a special resolution is required to leaving the EU. I push for monetary reform and the case against usury is as strong as it always has been.

Royce Holladay of Human Systems Dynamics Institute: Today’s collaboration challenges seem intractable because of their inherent complexity. They are open to influence by multiple forces that create huge tensions. The increasing diversity you face is immense. Each person, institution, or community brings its own unique history. There is no “cookie cutter” response to make these complex challenges go away. No single “best practice,” implemented in its entirety, is guaranteed to be the solution you seek: Your Path to Powerful Collaboration.

See Free Critical Thinking’s analysis from an economic perspective: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org/images/Documents/CM_018.pdf. In short, institutional hierarchy founded on theft of the commons and usury are the shackles that bind us. The only way to understanding this is to explore issues and events from multiple perspectives which is hard to do as an individual alone. It becomes ever clearer that the only way we can escape is by co-creating a common understanding of reality. We will then have all we need to reinvent political economy.   See also www.icuk.life/

Recommended associates look up  – A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherited biases.  BARACK OBAMA –https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/barack-obama/what-s-obama-s-summer-reading-list-book-called-factfulness-n902306 – on “FACTFULNESS: TEN REASONS WE’RE WRONG ABOUT THE WORLD – AND WHY THINGS ARE BETTER THAN YOU THINK” by  Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rönnlund:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Factfulness-Reasons-Wrong-Things-Better/dp/1473637465.

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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 Tuesdays  to its own timetable – 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: November 2018: • Mon 12th: Conspiracy for war • Tue 13th: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org/daily-pickings/2834-if-only • Wed 14th: Royal rogues • Thu 15th: Selection of videos • Fri 16th: What is the EU? • Sat 17th: Information stimuli • Sun 18th: Why we think what we think

*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 19th November 2018: Gangland Britain: The prevalence of gang culture and knife crime across the UK is an undeniable issue. But when have you heard the perspective of those who really understand the landscape, and work with those who are really affected by it? We ask what are the real root causes of UK gang culture, and what can be done about it? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by founder of Voice for Youth Against Violence Jermaine Lawlor and youth mentor Jayon Ellis: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/444352-uk-gang-culture-violence/

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