London Global Open Table: 17th March 2010

The Global Table meets Wednesdays 12noon-2pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ. From Bond Street tube, turn left/west into Oxford Street, at GAP cross over and go right/north along James Street – after a couple of blocks you will come to it on the left.

This Open Table monitors and encourages a wide range of activities in the realms of inclusive justice and the systemic redesign of the economic systems. The Table agreed a ten minute rule on initial contributions so that discussion of matters raised and other interests can have their share. I encourage people to report in advance the essence of any matter they wish to bring to the table. It would enhance the value of this network if regular readers of key books, journals or sites could make brief reports of any significant findings.

MATTERS IN THE AIR …. Reminding each other of opportunities before us:

1. B of E Governor’s reply – further steps

2. CEJ and conference on contributions to system redesign

3. AN ALTRUISTS COMMUNITY – Working for love not money. We are an optimistic, positive community with members from both the under- and the over-developed world. We are united by our commitment that a money-centred struggle for personal gain is no way to make the world a better place. We try to ignore money but put people at the heart of what we do, concentrating on what will be of real benefit to others. www.altruists.org – Robin Upton

4. Petitions – drive on in solidarity to maximise awareness. For Instance: Writing to your MP to ask “which side are you on” regarding Early Day Motion 913 may be a good hook. 51 MPs since tabling last Tuesday is much better than any of our EDMs over the years!

5. Robin Smith’s report on this engagement. He’s looking for both left and right views for dialogue http://gco2e.blogspot.com/2010/03/georgism-versus-socialism-friday-640pm.html

6. Ian Mason gave the Annual Economics Lecture of the School of Economic Science on March 11th Its title is “World without Want.” ‘Economic Monitor – One World, One Weatlh’ Spring No. of the journal of the SES is available and reflects much of the content of Ian Mason’s annual lecture. It examines ‘Sufficiency Economics’ [ not self-sufficiency it should be emphasised] www.schooleconomicscience.org

7. Norwich Conference May 1/2 ‘Post-Usury Economy’ PC, AD and CC- details: http://www.norwichconference.com

8. Keep in touch with the advancing work of CALL4REFORM.ORG Have you signed up to keep in touch?

9. An international panel of pastors and theologians is drafting a ‘manifesto’ on church unity and social justice for a new global organisation of Reformed churches. The text is to be presented in June to the Uniting General Council (UGC) of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Grand Rapids, United States.

10 Report on QUANTUM THEOLOGY – Diamuid O’Murchu

11. Keep abreast of Sabine’s work on the Forum for Stable Currencies

12. Chris Cook was on a panel (10th March) at the Digital Money Forum in London examining future Scenarios. http://www.digitalmoneyforum.com/ He referred to his view that an energy standard, as well as energy currency, are likely to be a key part of future global financial architecture.

13. Better Banking – http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Banking/BetterBanking/BetterBanking.aspx