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Welcome to the NewsLog or Blog of Heiner Benking. A kaleidoscope of insights and impulses collected first in the Seeds of Change Viewsletter of the Club of Budapest in 1995 and continually updated ever since.
Since some years available for broader distribution and comments - enjoy, and come again !
"What if you slept, and what if, in your sleep you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? What then?" (Deepak Chopra)
I read on the wall in the Foreign Office Weltsaal: "Health is not everything, but without it everything is nothing witout health!"
Issues like Health, same as Environment or Security are central concerns for the international policy and management agenda. Same es economy, culture and education, security, finance, climate.... Just check the UN and its organisations.
The Secretary General of the WHO Mrs Brundtland, a Lady I really appreciated as being straightforward, was taking on the WHO after being the mother of Rio 1992 and being a Head of State and getting advise from very interesting bodies, like the ACGHR - Advisory Body on Global Health Research.
So how to structure and manage a UN-Organisation, have it funded approriately to face global epidemic dangers? This discussion has some learning for the drive, specially of countries like Germany to possiby establish a WEO World Environmental Organisation.
My first Point at this Summit: I will raise will be to look into Frames and Connections, Overlaps and ways to coordinate and check how we have the UN agencies have better Access and resources, but also better concert inside and outside, with sister organisations and the "rest": across scales, sectors, times, terminologies.
The Press Conference is soon and all is streamed,... More >
18 Oct 2014 @ 14:34
Yesterday and Today hectic and full days, important and critical days in my "worlds"... But such is Life here in Berlin and mentally already half in in Nagoya I can only hightlight some titles and links. Besides, we "pushed" another letter by the Commons Causcus to Heads of States for Nagoya !
1) THAT IS INTERNET POLITICS: Das ist Netzpolitik! 10 years critical approaches to the internet and human rights by top movers, shakers, and insiders. I really enjoyed seeing buddies for years from CCC, WSIS, newthinking, ... but alos very interesting new people. Important and critical event - check the sessions ! https://10.netzpolitik.org/schedule and Speakers: https://10.netzpolitik.org/speaker/
Some presentations were thoughtful - others have to make us think how to overcome the nightmare of an Orwellian "Monster with 5 eyes",or Sasch Lobo and the "World as an Airport"
2) The Masterdays2014 [link] in Library Sciences in Potsdam, I came too late for Professor Kuhlen, and it is horrible anyway in days of train-traffic strikes in Germany. *****
3) On Sunday the Journalist organized by my press association have a day for online 2014 [link] I recall World Press Center ****
I shared the new Book from Yehezkel Dror
Avant-Garde POLITICIAN - Leaders for a New Epoche without EarthLiteracy!? [link] and informed about our Letter to Heads of States by the COMMONS Caucus and there about point 3 21StCenturyAgora.org ans Stuctured Dialogic Design. Well let us see what is comming out of this.
5) AEDES [link] - Vernissage about Barcelona RE.SET. The Work of the Enric Miralles Foundation [link] and the Birmingham Library - Impressive ! Die Bibliothek von Birmingham und andere Bauten für die Öffentlichkeit [link]
13 Oct 2014 @ 11:53
The National Advisory has an important symposium today and tomorrow in Berlin. The title: Bildungskonferenz: „Vom Piloten zum Standard: Nachhaltigkeit in Forschung, Lehre und Betrieb implementieren“ - Konferenz zu Nachhaltigkeit und Hochschulen des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung free translation: From a pilot/example/blueprint towards a "standard". Education conference about Sustanability in Higher Education,Sustainability for Research, Teaching, Industry
8 Oct 2014 @ 17:31
yesterday and today.Top interesting events and symposia.
1) 20 years intergeo. [link] I could not resist to see whos is around and how the mapping and geo- industries developped over the last years. Having invested lots of efforts into a "marketplace for the Earth" - the geotechnica 23 years ago **** I still see some old faces... and this commumity is different or unique. They are aware of scales, levels, frames, thematic overleighs and neighborhoods, fidelity, geo-statistics,.... and many other means and approaches I use ad a "map and model-maker" but which are strange or at best unknown to most people in other fields.
Tell the story of grid and frames ...****
2) Next is the 60th anniversary of the AiF [link] is a unique research network for interactive research of mid-sized companies who partner typically with academic and industrial research. The moderation made very clear that this strong mid-sized, pragmatic research and cooperation is unique and has been very successful over the years.
I left after the OTTO VON GERICKE price award. 3 interesting projects were short-listed. 1) separation of heavy metals from waste-water, 2) mycological analysis to identify fungi in foods or grains in large scale, easy identification analysis 3) zink-coating for steel-structures FEUERVERZINKEN = hot-dip galvanizing in any concrete-steel reinforcement (armierung) in bridges or any such building structures. Given the 10.000 bridges to be renovated, having to be repaired with a life-time of 30 years, when the construction has a life-span of about 100 years, depending on the exposition....
I immediately thought about the constructions world-wide and that the Köhlbrandtbrücke KOEHLBRANDT-BRIDGE [link] over the ELBE in Hamburg was brought near to me. I was working during the construction of tunnel and bridge in the early 70ies and now I learn that the bridge has to be torn down, rebuilt !! A life-span of 40 not 100 years....
No wonder, this is the first prize given the scales, proportions scales and urgency involved... check her the video presenting the winner: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kED0Vv3r9gY&feature=youtu.be check Feuerverzinken: hot-dip galvanization https://www.youtube.com/user/Feuerverzinken
3) Last yesterday is the Leibniz Society assembling politics and Sciences at a parliamentary evening to discuss the Nature-Culture nexus. SCALES and Numbers are central central in the discussion..no wonder... as we discuss bio-diversity now for decades and soon cultural-diversity is on the "table".
4.) Today, Thursday: SMART COUNTRY - The Internet & Society Co:llaboratory[link] is presenting its 10th Inititiative. results: [link] check #SmartCountry
see the project document in ENGLISH:
30 Sep 2014 @ 20:01
Bonn is hosting again one of the milestones of Education for Sustainability events,[link] this time an array of events marking the end to 10 years of Celebrating projects and selfserving promotions. But how to make differences that matters. (see the conference outline under MORE)
Some very practical and even "wise" recommendations have been endorsed. I will add later some links and my afterthoughts of 10 years of "learning".
On the way back, returing from Bonn, pls. give me a break ... as I also need to report in German first !
see below some links and press releases for possible translation
ESD after 2014: follow-up activities to the UN Decade[link]
Draft of World Action Programme passed by UNESCO’s General Conference
During the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference from 5-20 November 2013 in Paris the member states have negotiated the draft for a World Action Programme "Education for Sustainable Development".
ESD in peer-review of international experts on sustainability
In their second report to the Federal Government of Germany, an international group of experts on sustainable development gives a progress review and suggests how to cope with future challenges.
Position Paper "Strategy for ESD 2015+"
In 2013, the German National Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development took a close look at possible follow-up activities to the UN Decade.
Federal government reports on ESD in Germany
During its meeting on 26 June 2013 the Federal government of Germany approved of the report on Education for Sustainable Development. Federal Minister of Education and Science Johanna Wanka presented the report in the Bundestag.
UNECE to continue cooperation with UNESCO on the subject of ESD
During it's eighth meeting on 21 and 22 March 2013 UNECE's Steering Committee on ESD discussed a strategy for the promotion of ESD beyond the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. mehr... Survey on ESD in the Federal Länder.
In 2012, the Standing conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) ..... More >
24 Sep 2014 @ 21:40
We are gearing towards education for sustainability UNESCO - DESD next week in Bonn and we work towards this - the last 10 years - and now look in FONA 3 making it thrive the next years.
In paralell we gear since week for the UN Climate and GA sessions for the next years, and then we have BAN and OSAMA at UN-television....
I need to sleep ! Come back later - I have just shared our UN COMMONSE ALLIANCE LETTER widely: [link]
Also check FONA: www.fona.de/en/index.php[link] I made a lot of notes about STIG STIGSON and his statement: There is NO GRAND DESIGN and legislators and administrators "muddle in the dark!" AND the personal introduction my our Sentor/Minister Prof. Johanna Wanka.
Check also what we did at FONA around FUTURE TOWNS - FUTURES DESIGN .... [MORE] !!!
And I attendet the SAUDI CULTURE week tonight - I feel we need to bridge the boundaries and speak - even after years of silence... No COMMUNICATION is very dangerous...
21 Sep 2014 @ 16:01
Since a week I hear abour CLIMATE demonstrations in NYC and elsewhere around AVAZZ !! Where to act and get involved? With which founfation, positionm functions, focus, perspectives and prospects? [link]
Check the long view cultural development perspectives and conccerns below /yesterday around EDUCATION; PEACE; CULTUTRes and DEVELOPMENT [link]
But more ciritcal is where to get involved for what ! today and in futures to come...[link]
AND in which context and when!? - So I am thinking here about resources and timing, strategies and tactics to make dfferences that matter. I hope you like the "circle"...
See the "circle" and I hope we find time to negotiate ! scales and positons and perspectives, conretely and embodied, ... see blog entries below..
check also: [link] and more later as links seem to be broken....
MY CONCERN is to make a difference, wheere I can contibute most, sometimes in the streets, other times "hitting the streets" or the "web"..,
I am registered as I will report for the German Association of Towns and Regions (DStGB) about the follow up process after the Decade and how to build on the achievents of this 10 years efforts. They speak about Transformation after the Term „Sustainable“ is omnipresent, used for everything without any meaning, Pörksen spoke about „Plastic“ words, politics is using for big gestures without shared content, concepts and context. Such „fashionable“ terms can be used if the have no referent, when they are not embodied and can not be negotiated form various perspectives and positions. I propose here again „Concept and Context Mapping“ and „Bridges and a Masterplan“.
Norbert Seitz is summing up Global Learning for Environment, Cultures, Development ... and citing big names from the history of the field of Education, Pardigms, Philosophy ... : Comenius, Alfred Treml, Polanyi, Toulmin, Marcel Hunecke, Paolo Freire, Reinhard Voss, ... this alone is a good justification to come to another gathering, and we now need to go after having a broader, global perspective by other speakers some 5 workshops, I sometimes call it entertainment in Kindergarten; Again presentations and sitting in small groups...
The Opening Presentation by Tobias Troll was also very good ! Congrats to invite him !! - BUT is there a base for his synthetic systemic outlook? based on a few interviews??
His craving for transformation and new paradigms is presented well, but there is no practical approach and just mentioning Transition Towns is not enough. I mentioned Georg Kuehlewind and Metaparadigms **** and there were great talks in the coffee break....
Seitz just said „there is no „masterplan, blueprint, model“ More >
This is my News Log, a private-public diary presenting events, symposia and happenings in Berlin and elsewhere, my farings, focus, and concerns.
The Log links in to my work and interests and presents issues and special concern of maybe a very small group of "concerned, engaged generalist" - a Global Interest Group (GIG). This needs to be seen in contrast to the ubiquitous Specialized Interest Groups (SIGs), the "scientific" approach to organize subject areas and specialisation and standardisation of means, nomenclatures, and modes of thinking. One of my favourite stories is "Longing for Unified Knowledge" where such a "specialist" runs into the founding session of the early general systems associations, mumbling "this is not my field" (as reported by Ivan M. Havel in our ISSS Wholeness Seminar).
As a starter I also recommend to check my MINDPRINT site, where we add the need for HANDPRINTS and MINDPRINTS, as FOOTPRINTS are good to visualize and communicate numbers, densities or consumption per area, but are not sufficient to negotiate and "harmonize" across domains and communicate gains in different cultures, technologies, times,... in short: incompatible but relevant information and our work on dialog, peace, policy-making, and multi-modal, facetted issues and consequences.
What am I? This is a "well-packed" question for which I have not the or a single answer. Some People called me an in-betweener, go-getter, facilitator, hub, marvel-hero, trim-tab, ....
I have not single answer as I feel we Need to walk the talk and sing and dance Life !
To nebulous an answer? I am sorry but I do not go for overclaims and oversimplifications, under-complex and over-simplistic approaches to real issues.