London Global Open Table: 20th January 2010

MATTERS IN THE AIR UNDER PREPARATION FOR 20-1-10

The Global Table meets on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ – from Bond Street tube cross over, go west, turn right into James Street.

We are a network in search of ways to inclusive justice Global-Table.

“So how do we break this system? How do we pursue happiness and wellbe ing rather than growth? …… listening to the discussions at the Copenhagen citizens’ summit, it struck me that we no longer have movements; we have thousands of people each clamour ing to have their own visions adopted. We might come together for occasional rallies and marches, but as soon as we start discussing alternatives, solidarity is shattered by possessive individual ism. Consumerism has changed all of us. Our challenge is now to fight a system we have internalized.” George Monbiot

To consider this in relation to Monetary Reform go to the 30 RESOLUTIONS: http://www.ccmj.org/members/pages.php?id=13 – Suggest additions or amendments

Notices and Matters to air…. Reminding each other of opportunities before us:

1. Reports of actvity this past week,

2. I bring to your notice in matters relating to Holacausts, the article by Monbiot in the Guardian on Avatar and imperial history http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jan/11/mawkish-maybe-avatar-profound-important: and the searingly honest ‘theological audit’ represented in the Kairos Palestine Declaration: http://www.kairospalestine.ps. This latter I felt could/should be transposed to every scene of persistent injustice in the world – a great cry for ‘one family under God’. Also worth knowing of the existence of ‘Solidarity, Sustainability and Non-violence’ – http://www.pelicanweb.org/

3. The Great Transition by NEF is a must read as we look for where momentum lies http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/the-great-transition – and plan a collaborative strategy. The Coalition for Economic Justice, in whose work the Global Table is a partner, is seeking dialogue with NEF.

4. A professional poll and the Dyson team campaign? – a Poll on publicly created money has been proposed. It would cost £300-500. I have received pledges for £265 from 10 people to date. Would any others of the 135 on this list care to pledge in support of this way of gauging public understanding and support? RSVP to peterchallen@gmail.com. The decision on whether proceed will be taken on Jan 20th

5. The petition – http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Money-creation/ [112] Please ensure you’ve signed it.

6.Please take a look at the new page on Monetary Reform on nef’s website – http://www.neweconomics.org/projects/monetary-reform. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

7. Report on Dec 12 Seminar on the language of systemic redesign CEJ and Equality Trust – report – consider models of system re-design.

8. ‘Long Finance’ seminar -strong panels – http://www.gresham.ac.uk/event.asp?PageId=4&EventId=1019

9. Times Jan 14 ‘Britain should not be a Casino’ – see http://times.cluster.newsint.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6982965.ece

CURRENT MATTERS OF RELEVANCE:

10. Peter Koenig is visiting the UK in February and holding two one day seminars at Ashridge Business School for business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs. He has led pioneering research into the relationship between money, power and behaviour in organisations for over 20 years. His work identifies the subtle ways in which deeply held beliefs and untested assumptions about money and power drive both individual and corporate behaviour, often in unhelpful ways.He has developed an insightful and unique approach to understanding the role of money and power in our lives and organisations, freeing people up to utilise money and exercise power in ways that better serve their true goals.

11. Quilligan http://www.fellowshipofthecommons.org – Fellowship of the Commons and Kosmos Journal

12. Accountancy Age’s Financial Power List included Richard Murphy in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and Prof Prem Sikka this year. They say: 44 Prem Sikka, professor of accounting, Essex Business School – Few in the accounting world don’t have a view on Prem Sikka. The outspoken professor of accounting is a voice of dissent within the profession, and routinely rages against perceived injustices. But his blog, on The Guardian’s website, reaches an audience seldom addressed by traditional accounting media – the general public.

13. This strenuous review of Greco is important. It needs to be read with close attention and right through to the final paragraph where he explains the damage to LETs of Greco’s approach. http://economics.arawakcity.org/node/344. If you don’t agree that this is a fundamental critique to be widely read, please explain why after comparing it with R Cook’s review http://www.richardccook.com/2009/10/12/thomas-grecos-the-end-of-money-and-the-future-of-civilization-a-review-by-richard-c-cook/

14. ?????? Eric Encina’s agony