Matters In The Air – 21st June 2017

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ – now hosted by the Open Research Group. Meetings are 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!

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 14th June 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170614

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

ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS: 

POSITIVE MONEY: Main differences between the current dysfunctional debt-based monetary system and what we propose: http://bit.ly/1I4DgSXsee also  #sovereignmoney.

CCMJ – is slowly gathering responses to the  2017 Annual Appraisal: this is a collaborative process: see http://ccmj.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CCMJ_APPRAISAL_2017.pdf. One very bold statement reminds us that …..”Usury is a word you don’t hear every day. You don’t hear it on the radio or television talk shows. You don’t hear it in political speeches or in the news. You do hear in all of those places how bad the economy is, and you do hear about all kinds of reasons for why things are so bad and about ways to fix it. But the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting any better is because no one is talking about what’s really wrong. …… What we accept today as interest once was called usury, and that through most of history most everyone was against it. He explains in easy to understand terms how the Bible condemned usury thousands of years ago, and how the Church followed the Bible on this point until our Modern era. Mooney ends on a stirring note: Will you be part of the problem, or part of the solution?

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 the participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy. It concentrates on the Meta-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. An update is now evolving online. http://www.icuk.life  Please contact peterchallen@gmail.com for latest developments.  Curative change to the political-economy like “poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” The ICUK forum  meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm. You are invited to make direct  request for details of the venue.

Free Critical Thinking: meetings are now on Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm in St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TY, opposite Waterloo: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy and in pithy summary : CT – 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.

LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with individual LETS groups.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:  http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm.

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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PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS – reviews always welcomed:

Moving Beyond What Is Currently Possible: Creativity, Risk Taking, and a Sense of “Promisingness”   by Ian Prinsloo.  A remarkable book of the last couple of years is called Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry into the Nature and Implications of Expertise  – Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia. It is an exploration of the factors that contribute to a person becoming outstanding, particularly at meeting challenges within a field of work. The authors do not privilege one discipline over another; whether it is auto mechanics or physics, they are interested in looking at “the growing edge to everyone’s knowledge.” The book is full of rich insights. In particular, Bereiter and Scardamalia identify a key capacity in system change work: developing a sense of “promisingness” in the creative risks you take when addressing a challenge.  To begin with, the authors reframe what it means for something to be a creative act. So instead of trying to say what creativity is, Bereiter and Scardamalia focus on what it does. They propose that some problems are so difficult that any successful response to them would have to be creative. For example, in trying to develop a machine that would fly, the Wright brothers naturally exercised creativity to come up with a novel invention. The reason theirs was a creative challenge was that it not only extended beyond their present ability, it also extended beyond what was currently possible.  From this perspective, creativity begins where conventional answers to challenges end. This means that it is directly linked to the level of challenge we undertake – the higher the challenge, the higher the level of creativity we are engaging. Read the whole article

Pelican web: June 2017 edition: http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv13n06page1.html
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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue that takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisited those guiding thoughts and now value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration flow in steadily. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.  – F. D. Roosevelt