Matters in the Air: 16th Aug 2017

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 – contact 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!

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 26th July 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170726
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 2nd Aug 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170802

Forthcoming Events:

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  ” practice love until you remember you are love 

Prem Sikka :Accountancy firms major players in the international tax avoidance industry and are also aware of possible public backlash. So are busy trying to reinvent their image. The latest is the claim that they pay massive amount in taxes. In this article I unpack their claims. The article is titled “Whitewash: The accountancy sector is trying to gloss over its role in tax avoidance” and is available.  At   You are most welcome to stimulate the debate by adding your comments.

Thousands of Bernies? Progressive Groups Aim to Build a Majority From the Bottom Up  Michael Corcoran, Truthout: It has been about a year since Bernie Sanders launched an initiative to elect progressives down the ballot and across the country. Since then, the tactic is being adopted by the many groups that emerged in the aftermath of Sanders’s campaign. Can this strategy bring about a progressive majority in government? Who is starting DemoCafe’s to further our cause ??? Please report any such initiatives.

Join our Autumn Series  at the Co-operative College in Manchester! Saturday 30th September 2017  10am – 4pm  Join co-op advisor Kate Whittle of Cooperantics for a one-day workshop to find out about Multi-Stakeholder Co-operatives and if they would could work for your organisation or business. The Workshop — A good understanding of what a multi-stakeholder co-operative is, the advantages offered by this model and some of the complexity — Awareness of some examples of multi-stakeholder co-ops, their successes and complexities — Practical experience of thinking about the design of a multi-stakeholder co-operative . Join financial activist Brett Scott, and author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance, for a one-day workshop exploring the history of money and how we can change its future.

             Cosmological Wisdom and Planetary Madness  by  Sean Kelly via Tikkun [ ] *Editor’s Note:** *Sean Kelly presents a brief overview of the evolution of the consciousness of the universe and its current crisis as humanity continues to destroy the life-support system of Earth. It is a deep and profound article worthy of reading carefully to the end. –Rabbi Michael Lerner

CCMJ – ..”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.” All the great faith traditions forbade usury for thousands of years. The Christian Church emphasised it until ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’ and usury became exponentially disproportionate as a source in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome.

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 representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship. 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.

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: • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope 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:

Commons Rising: – held a day conference on 29th August on the topic of Health Creation and Food Commoning:  Updated Report: HealthCreation_&_FoodCommons_Report

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:

Robin Upton ‘s presentation on: Exploring the Deep State on 30th August 2017 featured a shared blog founded by Peter Presland.

Natali Koslorova < asks us to share this guide: about Online Privacy for Journalists:

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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. “A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven”