Matters in the Air: 11th April 2018

These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring. A core meeting hosts meetings on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ 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!  Contact the Open Research Group – org@globaltable.org.uk.

• Report from POSITIVE MONEY on The Future of Cash: PM-180327
• Reports from NETWORKED CITY: NWC-180327 • NWC-180328
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 4th April 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180404
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 11th April 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180411

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


The evolved concentration from this table on modelling ‘a people’s integrated social-political-economy of trusteeship in the co-evolution of plant earth’, is now referenced in the paragraph on ICUK below and its advocates have a weekly, Wednesday, focus through which to focus the collaborative discernment of possibilities for radical change. 


FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:

GEORGE MONBIOT’S RICH POOL OF REFLECTIONS  to relate to our shred search for  structures of inclusive justice – see: Close Harmony – monbiot.com – Close Harmony  – The Mess We’re In –  How to Really Take Back Control – Replacing Neoliberalism – Betrayal – Towering Injustice – The Day I Became a Vegan – A Corporation in Human Form – Ignoble Prize – Putting the World to Rights

Michael Mulvey and John Bunzl report lively responses to, and follow-up on, their paper ‘EVOLVING A BETTER SYSTEM’ at the Dubrovnik Roundtable and Planning Workshop on the FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY on April 3-5th 2018: More reflections will follow.

TRANSITION TOWNS 2018 – Feedback from The Shift gathering at Wigan by Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Towns: https://www.robhopkins.net/2018/03/31/a-report-from-ctrlshift2018/

YOUR COMMENTS WELCOMED ON the New centrist party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics  and on responses like : Opportunity knocks for a new party. But will anybody dare open the door? Andrew Rawnsley  Read more

CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice (www.ccmj.org) – “the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reaon things aren’t getting any better is because no one is talking about what’s really wrong. …… What we accept today as interest was once called usury, and that through most of history almost everyone was against it.” All the great faith traditions forbade usury for thousands of years. The Christian Church emphasised it until, in Calvin’s time, ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’. Usury then became exponentially disproportionate in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome:  CCMJ and ICUK continue to probe and propose a model of genuinely inclusive Public Policy that involves an integrated social-political-economy that includes the introduction of Annual Ground Rent [ use of theh Commons], the abolition of Usury, a universal right to basic living, and the curtailment of those permanent hierarchies exercising exploitative power over others. www.ccmj.org  – recent updates are on:  www.ccmj.org/wp Eg  Be humble about our knowledgeA rich resource for capturing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as his 50th anniversary dawns http://www.telospress.com/telos-182-martin-luther-king-jr-fifty-years-on/

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

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.
Daily Pickings: April 2018: • Mon 2nd: Challenging paradigms • Tue 3rd: Essentials for life • Wed 4th: Grow your own • Thu 5th: 2001: A space odyssey • Fri 6th: The Pain Factory • Sat 7th: Unspeakable power • Sun 8th: Reminder • Link to Co-Creative Learning: https://cocreativelearning.org

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 envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with 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 – ICCmodel –  and latest posting on the LETSlink Forum – on Courses in Community Currency.  See record of origin of LETS in the UK via a paper by David Weston given at the 1985 TOES Conference.

LONDON COMMUNALISTS 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.

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 Report from POSITIVE MONEY on The Future of Cash: PM-180327 – WEBLINK to petition: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/s/tsc-statement-dc – deadline 13th April 2018

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:-]

MINT MAGAZINE – FRESH THINKING IN ECONOMICS: www.themintmagazine.com – see Henry Leveson-Gower’s March 2018 leader on Housing and Health • articles and interviews.

RENEGADE INC: Monday 9th April 2018: HSCB – A rebel bank with a cause: Our banking and monetary systems are deliberately obscure but people today, through necessity, are increasingly interested in asking fundamental questions about the nature of money and debt creation. Hillary Powell and Dan Edelstyn are the artist and filmmaker who set up the rebel bank, HSCB. Their mission is to lift the lid on how our monetary and banking systems really work. Host Ross Ashcroft meets them in their first branch to ask how they are going about their very own community debt jubilee: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/423558-rebel-bank-hscb-issue/

THE KEISER REPORT: a financial news and analysis show on RT UK and the Russian state RT network, hosted by Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert. It has been running since September 2009, with three new shows every week: https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/

“TRANSCENDING POLITICS – A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future”- by David Wood, who presented his new publication at a meeting of London Futurists on 26th March 2018 – see details here: LondonFuturists-180326

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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly LGOT/ICUK fora haves considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue and takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisit those guiding thoughts regularly and always value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration as they flow in around us.

An Associate submits this thought on Universal Dignity: If you can’t honor the Divine Indwelling—the presence of the Holy Spirit—within yourself, how could you see it in anybody else? You can’t. Like knows like. All awareness, enlightenment, aliveness, and transformation begins with recognizing that your own eternal DNA is both divine and unearned; only then are you ready to see it everywhere else too. Soul recognizes soul.  Paul offers a theological and ontological foundation for human dignity and flourishing that is inherent, universal, and indestructible by any evaluation of race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, education, physical ability, or IQ. Luke’s story of Pentecost emphasizes that people from all over the world heard the preaching in their own languages (Acts 2). The Spirit of God is clearly democratic, unmerited, and inclusive. From CAC Monday, April 9, 2018