Matters in the Air: 17th Jan 2018

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues to host 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 –

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 10th Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180110
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 17th Jan 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180117

Forthcoming Events:


Two more contributions to understanding the nature of a paradigm shift; “Your life is not about you; you are about Life. You are an instance of a universal, eternal pattern. The One Life that many call “God”, others call “Eternal Creativity’, is living itself in you, through you, and as you! You have never been separate from cosmic life except in your mind. Can you imagine that?!   This realization is an earthquake in the brain, a hurricane in the heart, a Copernican revolution in the mind, and a monumental shift in consciousness. Yet most of us do not seem interested in it. It is too big to imagine and can only be revealed slowly.  “What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as One, received not in essence but by participation.” Symeon  c1019. We objectively participate in the One Life of God (panentheism rather than pantheism). We are much more prepared to understand this in a post-Einstein world—where energy, movement, or life itself is the one constant, and not an isolated substance. We don’t manufacture our core identity by good behaviour, sacraments, reading the Bible or quoting ‘authoritively’. We merely awaken it by letting loving people rub off authentically on us, enjoying an entirely sacred universe, fully recognizing eternal co-creativity between all creatures, without exception.” RR……….AND in relation to achieving the ‘impossible’.“When we engage creatively, we depart from the fixed world of daily routine and grounded facts. We enter in to a kind of `genesis foyer’ where something that not yet is might begin to edge its way forward from silence into word, from the invisible into form.” John Donahue

CCMJ – ..”the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting ny 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 ‘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 continues to probe and propose a model of an integrated social-political-economy that includes the introduction of Annual Ground Rent, the abolition of Usury, a universal right to basic living, and the curtailment of those permanent hierarchies exercising exploitative power over others.

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  The campaign website – in development – includes videos by John Courtneidge explaining the proposal:

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): • Critical Thinking’s scope: – 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:
Daily Pickings: January 2018: • Mon 8th: Oh despair!  • Tue 9th: What is the context? Protest in Iran • Wed 10th: The unquiet frontier  • Thu 11th: The value of Bitcoin  • Fri 12th: White middle-aged men  • Sat 13th: How to engineer a crisis  • Sun 14th: Mind control and astrotheology
•  Link to Co-Creative Learning:

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.” An update of its website is now evolving:  An informal Strategy Forum meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm – you are invited to contact Peter Challen – – 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: See latest posting on the LETSlink Forum – on Courses in Community Currency.

LONDON COMMUNALISTS – studying Murray Bookchin’s Book: The Next Revolution: see Janos Abel’s paper introducing this project:  CommunalismProject00-A4

P2P FOUNDATION in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at Cumbria University is running a four-week online course on Money & Society – this will be repeated in February:

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

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:

BBC Radio 4:  PAUL SEABRIGHT:  Conflict and co-operation: A History of Trade:

• Notes on Communalism based on Murray Bookchin’s: “The Next Revolution” – CommunalismProject00-A4
• Notes based on Tuckman’s Developmental Sequence in Small Groups:  TeamDevelopment

MOTHER PELICAN – a Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability: splendid January 2018 edition: Population, Consumption, Technology, and Integral Ecology:

RENEGADE INC: Monday 15th January 2018: Universal Basic Income – utopian or real?: Universal Basic Income is one of those ideas that catches the imagination of the public, academics, policy wonks, economists, entrepreneurs and even some governments. But the debate has divided opinion into two opposing camps: those who think that an unconditional basic income would result in disaster, as human beings can’t be trusted; and those who believe it would liberate us from simply working for a living. Host Ross Ashcroft travels to the Netherlands to meet the writer Rutger Bregman, whose widely acclaimed book, ‘Utopia for Realists,’ champions Universal Basic Income and a 15-hour work week. We discuss whether the time for these ideas has arrived…:

TAX JUSTICE UK: Richard Murphy comments at positive length in his significant blog on a new book by Prof. Michael Hudson – ‘…And Forgive them their Debts: Credit and Redemption’- Just suppose Jesus was obsessed with debt, and not sex. What would Christianity have to say in that case?

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Over time our weekly forum has 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. Auden: “contemporary glory is submitted to [the public’s] decision, for it is characterised by the enthusiasm of the multitude, [whereas] real merit is independent of everything,”