London Global Open Table: 1st Dec 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, when you see GAP on the other side, cross over and go right/north along James Street straight into Mandeville Place – No. 11 is the building with pillars last on the left.

COMMENT ALWAYS WELCOME from all our friends in the Table’s wide network

MATTERS IN THE AIR …. WELCOMING NEW COMERS – Reminding each other of opportunities before us:- new to the list Olcay Aniker-Lumley

Reporting on current surge in action

– Malaysia and Indonesia on ‘RIBAFREE-ECON’ and the Kuala Lumpur Council for Monetary Justice’

– ‘Independent Commission on Banking – Developments re the Table’s [http://tinyurl.com/37zzc3x] and NEF/Werner/Positive Money’s submissions http://tinyurl.com/3y92626

– Bromsgrove {oct 29-31], report in ProsperityUK

– CCMJ latest

– Positive Money, www.postivemoney.org.uk or info@psitivemoney.org.uk f/u

– Coalition for Economic Justice,next steps

– The new Innovation Lab we are adding to the Fin Lab

– Report 24th in Conway Hall

– Faiths in London Economy, Common Wealth and Global Churches – three radical faith based statements. The full Common Wealth Christians for Economic and Social Justice statement can be read here (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/CommonWealthStatement) and downloaded from the networks’ website http://commonwealthnetwork2010.blogspot.com/). Global Churches call for action in Climate Change http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13590

– London Citizens Assembly [583 attending]

– High Pay Commission – https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/12c310bee98d23b5

– Prof. Kaoru Yamaguchi’s breakthrough – evidence from AMI

– Gillian Swanson letters to the press

For a refreshing course on economics with justice run by the School of Economic Science, the Table’s generous host, visit www.economicswithjustice.co.uk


Mervyn King must go – Danny Blanchflower http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/01/mervyn-king-bank-of-england


PERTINENT PICKINGS from the week

# Ellen Brown What’s Really Behind QE2? The Looming Threat of a Crippling Debt Service http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22014

# Building Community: An Economic Approach. David Korten: What economic transformation has to do with building stronger, happier communities. http://tinyurl.com/29bjg9r

# A gruesome account of the US financial scene. Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street’s “Super Rich”: The Financial End Time has Arrived Prof. Michael Hudson


# the Steady State Economy Conference held in Leeds in June 2010 is now available for you to read. The full report Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources can be download for free (130 pages), as well as a summary (10 pages), from this website: http://steadystate.org/enough-is-enough/ There you will also find links to videos of keynote presentations from the conference.Increasing awareness of the pressures on our fragile planet obliges us to rethink urgently how we organise our economic and social systems – a complex and challenging task. This report provides an overview of areas where change is needed, specific proposals for change, and questions for further discussion.Please distribute this report as widely as possible to stimulate discussion amongst your colleagues, organisations and networks, about the transition to a sustainable and fair economy. Lorna Arblaster, David Adshead, Claire Bastin and Nigel Jones – Economic Justice for All Dan O’Neill, Rob Dietz – Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy http://tinyurl.com/3766t82


# Douglas Carswell’s Bill http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/2010/09/douglas-carswell-mp-introduces-bill-to-stop-fractional-reserve-banking/


LET THE ENVIRONMENT GOVERN THE HUMAN MIND-SHIFT – Johan Rockstrom http://preview.tinyurl.com/2wxw8aa a vivid 18 minutes on danger and opportunity


Note that ‘Matters in the Air’ for the following Wednesday fall into place as matters arise and can be seen at each stage on www.ccmj.org/members/news.php Let Peter know if you have anything to add or ask.


ARTICLES and RESOURCE sites


21st Century Enlightenment – Marvellous animation! Matthew Taylor of the RSA before marvellous animation! http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2010/08/23/rsa-animate-21st-century-enlightenment/ Full 1.14.00 lecture http://www.thersa.org/events/vision/vision-videos/matthew-taylor-21st-century-enlightenment