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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 !

People to Watch:
Anthony Judge
Flemming Funch
Peter Jones
Alexander Christakis


Conference Program

Berlin "Towards a Global, Embodied Covenant"

Re-inventing Democracy

Dialog among Civilizations - Dialog towards Unity in Diversity

Dialogues and Conversations - Participation and Moderation/Mediation: Ways and Means towards Re-inventing Democracy and Good-Governance

Positions and Identities in Global Contexts: Awareness of Self and Others with me, you, we, they and "others" models

Flatlands & Deeplands - a page about maps and models and Earth Literacy

Towards one Possible Global Embodied Covenant: Models, - not just Systems, Signs, Words and Images - Interdisciplinary Conference 2004: The Evolution of World Order - EWOC

Using Maps and Models, SuperSigns and SuperStructures - CODATA 2005

Granularity, Topicality, and Generalization of Information - Reflections about maps and models, orienting generalizations and their possible pragmatic and ethical implications and challenges, CODATA 2005

Oikos-Ecumene-Ecodomy - contribution to a conference on space and sacred spaces. The proposal to share a World House or House of Eyes as part of a cognitive panorama

Panoptic, the need to see big pictures on common jointly explored and discussed schemas or frames


I was asked for kick-start / short access-keys to my BLOG entries or central concepts, sites I often use or URLs I often link to. Here we go:


TU TU WAS - Zusammenhaenge begreifen
governance / 7 points
12 these education - LIFE IS TOO FLAT

EXTENSIONS - Medical-Scientific Network /
Asilomar - sharing Voices/Spaces


ECO-CUBE/KNOW MAP 1) - 2) - 3)
MAP (Mental) 2) - 3)
METAPHORS (Classes of) 2)

IID - Creativity & Cognition,Loughborough **

A Quote I like:

"We are all cells in the same body of humanity." (Peace Pilgrim)

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 CAPS intro in Berlin, Me Charlie ? @ MAHNWACHE ? Berlin Brandenburg Gate
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Yesterday we introduced CAPS Info Day - the CAPS - Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation CAPS Info Day on 12th January 2015 – for the first time in Berlin! Location: EU-Commission Repreentation at the Pariser Platz - Brandenburg Gate.
We invited to the CAPS Info Day which took place in Berlin on 12th January 2015.

Jan. 12
There you will be able to learn from and interact directly with officers of the European Commission about the next EU call for CAPS
“ICT 10-CAPS Net Innovation unit in DG CONNECT” - CAPS Info Day on 12th January 2015
– for the first time in Berlin! with better world movers and Shakers: EU ICT10-CAPS Net Innovation unit in DG CONNECT with the help of several online and local organizers we want to thank all here: Das Dock, Jolocom, Lauth Transmedia GmbH, LivingBridges Planet, Social Capital World Forum, Agora, TelematicsPro, CBS, IOTPeople, Positive Nett-Works Open-Forum & General Thinking, ArtLab4, ...u.a. [link] #CAPSSI

We as an alliance of NGOs not like ECOSOC globally - but GLocally foccussd on Europe and its diversity invited you to the CAPS Info Day which will take place in Berlin on 12th January 2015. There you will be able to learn from and interact directly with officers of the European Commission about the next EU call for CAPS
“ICT 10-CAPS Net Innovation unit in DG CONNECT” - (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation).
I have shared this Mission Statement: [link] and some other links from my ).)Thinkers and Doers) page: ​ the copy of Stammtisch 3.0 - how to scale dialogues: ****
and look into another kind of voting and democracy: Influence Voting, Deep Drivers, and root causes which need to be deliberated as I outlined in the "pitch circle" ****

Mentioned dring the day in many ways we are experiencing here a broader Approach by trying to Bridge not only 3 pilars "Politics * Science + Newthink" which was the Motto für preparing COP 19, but consider Intersectorial so to have at least Politics, Ecomony, Science,Media, and even as an important additional sector Partner the CIVIL SOCIETY = the PEOPLE. Challenging and Thrillig Project thanks to the effort to bring incompatible mindsets, verbiage,organisational structures. A really important effort thanks to the relatively new, very small butvery mcuh needed CAP exercise and the activity of an alliance of Civil Society NGO Drivers. See the website and the movers and shakers involved. I recommend this Interview: LivingBridgesPlanet Talk with EU-Officer Fabrizio Sestini and Bert-Ola Bergstrand.

here some fragments, more and a more complete Report later:
PNW & OPEN_ISLAND & OPEN FORUM Magic Roundtables

(Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation).
but life is different - like 9/11 I feel we will remeber These days of Transition.
so let us see, Stoltenberg ante portas....
TODAY in Mahnwache !! and AEDES - really a challenge...
NOTES: Zusammenhang ...

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 transmediale 2015 kick-off - VORSPIEL (pre-play/-act)
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Berlin is THE HUB - transmediale 2015 [link]

"Vorspiel" is the act before the play/act - so expect a great action/acting, avantgarde performances, and come back ... rushing to the vernissage opening now...

CU, HEiner

On 9 January 2015, 19:00 the pre-festival programme Vorspiel of transmediale and CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Art opens at Z/KU - Center for Art and Urbanistics. Coordinated by transmediale’s all-year initiative reSource transmedial culture Berlin a series of Berlin based organisations, galleries, independent project spaces and other venues from the field of digital art and culture as well as experimental music and sound art react to the festival themes CAPTURE ALL and Un Tune until 1 February 2015.

Partners & Venues: .CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, ACUD Macht Neu, Agora Collective, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Apartment Project Berlin, Art & Science Node, Art Laboratory Berlin, Bauhaus-Archiv, berlinerpool, DAM GALLERY, designtransfer / UdK, Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi, Schering Stiftung, Errant Bodies, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Kunsthalle/PLU41, La Plaque Tournante, Labor Neunzehn, Liebig12, LOOPHOLE, Martin Reiche / Green Hill Gallery, Multiversal, PANKE, schnellebuntebilder & kling klang klong, Simple Things Berlin, studio r°, Supermarkt, uqbar, Vilém Flusser Archive, Voces (Ulrike Gabriel und Udo Lindemann), Z/KU Center for Art and Urbanistics

Opening Event

From 9 January until 1 February 2015, transmediale and CTM Festival cooperate with the Berlin network of project spaces, galleries and independent cultural actors in the field of digital art & culture and experimental sound & music for a distributed programme of partner events. Over 30 project spaces, galleries and independent cultural actors have curated and organized a rich programme of exhibitions, workshops and performances. With a common opening event before both festivals, Vorspiel aims at strengthening the dialogue with the two festivals as well as fostering the network of cultural actors and institutions, which has been established over the last years. As part of transmediale/resource, it connects different genres and practices for creating opportunities of common exchange and reflection and for bringing together communities and individuals which are dealing with art, technology, politics and identity in a critical way.

ZK/U is pleased to host the opening of the Vorspiel 2015. On this occasion, many of the participating venues will introduce themselves in an informal, social context and communicate first-hand information about the upcoming programme.

The complete pre-festival programme is available online.

The special exhibition Sensing the Future - László Moholy-Nagy, the Media and the Arts at the Bauhaus-Archiv focuses on the artistic work of the avant-gardist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946). Moholy-Nagy’s many-faceted media art as well as works by contemporary artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Gottfried Jäger und Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Erika Lincoln or Guy Maddin are presented at the Bauhaus-Archiv until 2 February 2015 (open daily - except Tuesdays - from 10:00 until 17:00). The exhibition, curated by Oliver Botar of the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has been prepared in collaboration with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Canada, and has received financial support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and Salgo Trust for Education New York.

 One of Today's challenge for Epiphany: Sustainable Development ?
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Before I went to bed I found the Editorial: Sustainable Development as a "New Epiphany" [link] in the January 2015 issue of Mother Pelican. [link]

Only after looking at the definition I got what was meant: a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way

and when checking further in WIKIPEDIA:
"An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists[1][2] and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.[3][4][5]
Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.[3][4][6][7] Famous epiphanies include Archimedes's discovery of a method to determine the density of an object ("Eureka!") and Isaac Newton's realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force.[8][6][7] check WIKIPEDIA for the [footnotes ].

For me it was before something supernatural and religious, but now I agree with Lois that there is a need for epiphanies for Sustainable Development - read the editorial and the journal ! [link]

and maybe in an earlier issue of Mother Pelican my "Ignorance or Compassion" [link] elegantly polished by Louis....

Recalling "maimeutics" by my friend and mentor Helmut Krauch [link] one of the very few special and fine people I have met, I wonder how can make such rare "super"natural heurica "normal" as we need special help and guidance not only on holidays like today, but to adress the malaise and problematique [link] not only of "Sustainable Development". more about addressing this you can find at the 21stCentury Agora website... [link]
I recommend Quickstorming [link] by Hans Morawa, The New Renaissance events by the SMN [link] (check Marilyn Wilhelm [link] - Her Wilhelm Scholê [link] and my slides [link]) and The Book of Synergy by Achmed Khamas [link] (see how Klaus Töpfer recommends it !) Both recommendations might provide some learning about what is already there and how to engage it ! Another recommendation needed? Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences (2001) [link] check the evaluation process and find out which GRAND CHALLENGES have been taken already and which were ignored/forgotten...

Besides: New Year I decided to bring the central stories or paradigms I work on and feel should be brought together onto the STORIES [link] page of GlobalThinkers. Enjoy as I feel there are there well situated in a more terse and appropriate environment than this overfloodding blog!

RSA and Chrispin Tikell and Dunlop ***

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 New Year - a long waiting pledge - Gestalt ? Corpus ? Body ? of WHAT !?
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After my "Sharing piece" and the"Eight Eyes" last week I decided to bring in a series of short articles some of what I call „The Difference“ onto the paper – into the web. I becomes more and more clear that I have describe the critical elements – but also explain in a video-clip - and present learning and applications.

I confess it is old and new, so it is very critical to present what is meant by certain terms.
For example I often quote: Ohne Zusammenhang kein Zusammenhalt?
but I never really tried to explain what this entails. Below under [more] I copy what the dictionary proposes – and again: it is right and helpful but also misleading and wrong in view of how I use it.
We know with Terms like Gestaltung, Corpus, Body, …. a lot is meant by different people.... so let me explain as this is central to understand my „Cognitive Panorama“ [link] and [link] and my „blackbox / whitebox nature or how I called it in 1990 „Rubik'S Cube of Ecology. [link]

It has much to do with what we can understand under the terms Holism and Wholeness – check here our Wholeness Seminar and some early publications:

Ohne Zusammenhang kein Zusammenhalt?
When I wrote an invited essay 15 years ago for Culture of Refusal / Culture of Saying „No“ !
I had to learn that that title was already used 200 years earlier by Friedrich Fichte in his Address to the German Nation“ - „Rede an die Deutsche Nation“ Fichte did not used my second title but I feel we are very close here as I am not addressing the individual or meso-scale, but other scales or other eyes - see the 8-eyes spider article above.

Structuralisms and Humanism [link]

Ritter Humboldt [link] check frames: and hyperframes and Using Maps and Models, SuperSigns and SuperStructures see CODATA-MIST 2005: [link] and boundaries: [link]

We first need to differentiate between: closer – or broader meanings, specific – versus general meanings – wider or narrower contexts/meanings/applications.

Boundary- and Shore-huggers?  More >

 Multiple Eyes and Senses - and how to understand and oversee what is relevant
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thanks to this outstanding TV-Documentary on ARTE: [link]

20 years ago someone told me after my contribution "CONCEPTUAL SUPERSTRUCTURE - [link] - COMMON FRAMES" [link] : "There is knowledge in there, why do you hide it".
Maybe I felt long ago that I have time - maybe all needs to be implemented and tested - but "WE" have no time ! I looked over "papers" I did the last 30 years and realized, yes, I do not dare to overwhelm people and more hide in vague or new terms and with lots of imagination and curiosity needed. But I also realize that the texts where ok, need some editing and polish, can improve by presenting them in a Corpus, and not in pieces, as I mention Parts and Pieces hiding bigger pictures and potentialC in the entry above about SHARING.

I feel it needs showing and sharing and doing what I mean. Me ? 3 eyed? a Cyborg in the picture?
A lot was written about multi-modal, for example in "House of "Eyes" [link] always used the Eyes of the Mantis - Gottesanbeterin or check my admiration of the Chameleons [link] - friends/pets in my/the house over years in the 70ies .... But today, me, memerized, seeing in TV the ( eyes of spiders ) [link] and even some can see with infrared...

Yesterday I also saw interview with Mickail Gorbachew - he said he speaks up after 18 month of silence .... When MG introduced with "us" - THE Club of Budapest in Frankfurt 18 years ago !!? "The New Thinking" - Das Neue Denken" I liked it, but was skeptical - is it meant to unit or bring together opposites, bring down walls between enemies or extremes? or there more needed?
How could we make it real, beyond words? as words like icons fade, as stories and metaphors need to be grounded.

BATESON: New Antennas for extra dimensions and dynamics
ORWELL - stachowiak - spectrum **** !!!
Nairobi 1995 - Robust Paths ****

RUNDUM Sicht ***

 Sharing !? do we mean: to share – loan / lend - or endow/donate/give freely?
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UNFORTUNATELY I could not get back to Berlin yesterday for the Innovation Cirle (Innovations Kreis) even when this was in my calender since long !
Collegues were inviting for the "end of the year" event where they again announce "time sharing" as one of the formats they wanted to introduce to the group.
I mentioned this effort some time ago in this blog and featured their "peanut sharing" not understanding the power of giving and encouragement for co-creation. One of the moderators even told me this with the units is anyway "rubbish" - "I moderate the group and they can eat the peanuts" - proving that they did not get the idea of true sharing in a "gift" (commons) economy-ecudomy ! You can read my sentiments here: [link]

On the way I came across an interesting advertisement by WorldVision [link] - Future for Children: Sharing is getting a new meaning, its original meaning ! #wirklichsozial
But lets not discuss something "new" as how can the "original" be new, but take it as a sign of a deep loss of social cohaesion and meaning of central order in our socio-cultural fabric.
So let us see what is the „true meaning“ for WorldVision, is it giving freely and unconditionally?, or just tending it for some time, rotating something?

This is a page on the basic competences needed for dialogue and participation: and please also check my background pages from OPEN-FORUM:

Being involved with "sharing-caring-daring" .....  More >

 A Universal Declaration of Rights of Nature ? & OSI GENEVA FORUM
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Presently attending:
A Universal Declaration of Rights of Nature ? - OSI GENEVA ...
A presentation of Existing and Emerging Projects incorporating Rights of Nature and a Panel offering Tools to Reflect and Decide.
[link] (OSI)
OSI is doing great work around RECHERCHE PARTICIPATIVE and EARLY SCIENCE EDUCATION -check out OSI and phantastique projects with the youth:
Animator : Thomas EGLI, President of the NGO Objectif Sciences International

The public session yesterday about Global Capacties to be put on the "road" was very rewarding ! [more] soon !  More >

 European and Worldwide Commemorations - a long way to go.
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In the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin December 16-17, the topic is European Commemoration. [link] But how to commemorate WORLD WAR 1 when only looking at European States and not the impacts and effects this WW1 had on other regions of the world? A question **** raised in the opening session Tuesday evening before the screening of***** Episode 1

Are there common historical points of reference? and is it enough to look with the eyes of historians?

I shared the ideas of connecting positions and perspectives/views, frames, .... to bring them into context and make this concrete in models. I shared The PETERS SYNCHRONOPTIC WORLD HISTORY and gave it as an example of only presenting "flat" on paper (2 dimensionsional) but also adding further dimensions. Maybe check EARTH FOCUS FOUNDATION [link] and their Global Youth Conference GYC 2011 presentation [link] and the 9-D [link] Cognitive Panorama [link] - and received after speaking from the floor and later around the receptions.

In 2014 there have been several scientific conferences to commemorate the Centennial of the First World War. The conference European Commemoration will reflect this year's commemoration projects and bring together over one hundred leading scholars, artists, education experts, and professionals, from a broad range of fields. This multi-faceted, international conference will discuss different aims, topics and perceptions of national, non-governmental and border-crossing concepts of commemoration in Europe. It highlights the coexistence as well as the exchange and the controversies occurring in the context of commemoration.

The conference's goal is, in cooperation with the participants, to shed light on the opportunities and limitations of a European culture of memory. The particular background of each participant will help shape the understanding of the multitude of perspectives on the memory of the European war with its singularities and its commonalities.

Over the course of two days presenters from the disciplines of science, culture, and education will share their insights on how the First World War has been and is remembered in Europe. The conference will feature three workshop sessions across four different sectors: Science, education, society, and culture. In each sector participants will be able to discuss the conference theme through three central questions: The first one regards the significance and aims of remembrance for societies. What are the necessities for societies to 'remember'? How do past and present interrelate? The second panel will discuss dividing lines of European memories. It will cover national narratives on war experiences and how these narratives influence their remembrance but also look at generational or social dividing lines. The last panel will deal with the potential of joined European narratives.  More >

 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 - revisiting human space and time
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The Nobel Committee is again good for a great surprise, bringing central scientific and political and societal policy topics to the public eye.
Five years ago, with Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize I did an exemption, coverning an event I did not attend – see slides (PDF) As the Commons and her word over the years I focused on her work, also what we did later around the Commons Cluster around UN - ECOSOC: - also with special focus like environmental education:

This entry of the new Nobel Prize is an another exemption where I add my view from the "outside": This years awards is in medicine or better physiology! It is about human memory of space and time. How we store, remember and navigate locations and this helps us survive and cope with old and new environments and challenges. Please note, is the "body and brain view", not so much about mind and consciousness, the "GLocal", or about contexts and the socio-cultural, about agreements and the patterns and "fabric" of intentions, negotiations and actions across scales, sectors, and mindsets.

I urge you to check the laudation, scientific articles, videos mentioned in the links below and the laureats: Professors John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. This is the award speech: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Presentation Speech". Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 11 Dec 2014. and check the poster.
Here are the critical terms and some of the new findings: Grid cells, Place cells, Boundary cells, Head direction cell
Check also: Körber European Science Prize 2014.

The results are some relieve and assurance for me, none of the outcomes, like the „inner GPS" ...  More >

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This is Heiner Benking's News Log, a private-public diary presenting events, symposia and happenings in Berlin and elsewhere - my farings, foci, issues 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 specialization and standardization and harmonization! of means, nomenclatures, and modes of thinking. One of my favorite 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, faceted 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 with clan-think mindsets about real issues in clear contexts!

Previous entries
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 - revisiting human space and time

  • 2014-11-25
  • World-Civilizing ala Atatürk & Peace Mediation & Exploring Digital Horizons

  • 2014-11-24
  • Charter for the Future - Zukunftscharta - One World - Our Responsibility

  • 2014-11-20
  • UN International Conference on Nutrition - Futures Prize by German President

  • 2014-11-19
  • Immersion, Education and Learnings - some "mindset" reflections and realisations

  • 2014-11-16
  • Filling the GAP - Global Action Plan (for ESD) only !?

  • 2014-11-10

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