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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 **

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 Future Cities, colourful, alive, participative in slow&deep democracy/particip
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Citizens for Europe (SfE) : Initiating Change in Europe since 2010: Celebrate Participation, Diversity, and Citizenship [link]
An OpenSpace - With the title:Future Cities: Stadt der Zukunft: bunt, lebendig, partizipativ, [link]

A great event - Dead-tired I wanted only to check who is around - but stayed all day - as the 3 themes very well match ! and reinforced each other ! and last not least an Open Space with buffet and great catering, so all the butterflies and bumblebees can meet at the bar, pool, or chill out outside or at the sofas.In one word: Very intensive and no bore any time, as you honour in such a gathering the group or circle by leaving it !
and I was agasp by the particiants, deep, experienced, varied, attentive, young, ....
I need to add ere the outcomes and share them asap......
I will also add some links and feel there will me more to be added ! pls. check the website !

Well, maybe in a nut-shell: I was great to be able to discuss magic roundtables and the SDP in the Global Agora and have a bunch of great participants, experts in all field and sectors connected to my 1st track, 1st session open-spce round on factors od sucess, and failure: Gelingen und Scheitern, Challenges, Lessons learned and best practices ! And I was able to tell some stories from CHANCE 2000, [link] Wahlkampfzirkus - Roundtables, .... We learn to Speak (up) - Wir lernen sprechen: [link]

The other far out session was on SLOW DEMOCRACY !! check the docu ! and the workgroup to discuss future activities of CfE where I proposed something around perfomance and deliberations, and mentioned our CAP MAGIC ROUNDTABLE as we did it recently for the CEC CAPS introduction in Berlin ******
and the Madrigal Sea, [link] a project from 1993 where "on stage" the Madrigal Sea was brought "onto stage", We said we do it next around the Black Sea, [link] actually what we had "in the oven" as one way to go for the region - and maybe now in co-op with CfE !?

Maybe also check: Beyond Pitching - harvesting pitches, collective solution augmentation and .... [link]

I enjoyed the day as it was a day for stories, storytelling and reflecting slow and deep the ways, means , and ends with very bright students and professionals....

 Common Schemes ? for SMART & BLUE - also SMART Green - Yellow - Red ... !?
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We as the Council of Global Issues [link] look into smart or wise solutins along and across scales, issues, problems, regions, scales,.... Getting dizzy and perplex? NO problem - you are not alone

Here in Sofia, Bulgaria, representatives from all these sectors are as stakeholders in one room !
In the Balkan Hotel we are looking into new transboundary opportunities and solutions may they be urban, rual or marine !

Smart and Blue – Second black sea stakeholder conference – new opportunities for the blue economy of the Black Sea

Presently Francesco Musco from Venice is speaking. Impressive !! also openly speaking about the mistakes of the past. Discontinuity ... Permanent interation of stakeholders... crossborder ... activitiers ..

This is TWITTER world access of our host, the Commissioner from Brussels:

Presently Francesco Musco from Venice is speaking. Impressive !! also openly speaking about the mistakes of the past. Discontinuity ... Permanent interation of stakeholders... crossborder ...

I can not but recall the EMECS "Madrigal Sea" podium. Many of the arguments sound very familiar ! I mentioned the 2 weeks ago Kiel Ocean Futures event - See my blog below March 4-6: [link]

As the results were so interesting in Kiel I could not resits but check in for Sofia. Why? there are so few integrated "All Win" aor win-win-win approaches, but as I collect them, I feel I should learn about the Black Sea and see that it is Green/Blue again soon ...

Here are Powerpoint slides of our ReefFormers project as we did them the night before... [link]
Enjoy and check for more and new answers - for old and new questions and solutions.

In general: I find this multi-stakeholder gatherings, cross-border, and multi-lingual very interesting and rewarding.
It is like a hearing in the old days. The incomming "king" travels his lands and makes receptions for his people...
The questions is as alwaxs: What is next!

We have to learn about the other positions and views. I will report back to the COMMONS CLUSTER (ECOSOC) [link] (see recommendations at page 3) and let us review the MDG - SDG transition and activity areas priorities around not only the BALTIC SEA and the BLACK SEA ....

Hastily ... pls. come back later...

 I - Science - CeBIT - bpb Bundeskongress
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Last week was heavy, Potsdam graduations and the 6. Potsdamer I-Science Tag posted in 6.Potsdamer I-Science Tag, the CeBIT in Hannóver with Big Data, Community Computing .... and 3 days bpb congress in Duisburg (as announced earlier in this blog: Beyond Pitching - harvesting pitches, collective solution augmentation and ....
I am already via Berlin back now in Sofia ... tough times before Easter.... well lets see tomorrow...

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The Symposium in Kiel is a gathering of scientists and practitioners concerned with sustainable ocean development. 150 participants from 24 countries and with a wide array of backgrounds, unique in variety in such a broad "subject area" - See SIGs vs, GIGs in the "side bar". Early career scientists and established experts from a broad range of disciplines, policy, academia, administrations, .... exchange their views on: Ocean sustainability, ocean conservation, ocean resources, ocean governance and outreach & arts. and FUTURE OCEAN [link]
I was attracted by so many new names and the "elders", some in the "business" since 30+ years, and some from "odd" fields like ethics, games, international research and governance, or around climate or whatever policy making....

Come back, I will hang around tomorrow to share some of my concerns and findings, and whyt is new and different. Well you know my concern for "old" and "new" as we have collected for the OWG around the MDG and SDG discussions last year and part of the present negotiations... Rushing, this in my email signature on the matter: ​Commons Caucus/Alliance to HofS ... (UN_ECOSOC) ... September 2014 (general) [link] and for example October 2014 (SustEducation UNESCO-Nagoya [link]


Great surprise...
the second day evening the award session got really exciting. I was not only around to check-out and cover the Reefformers project but get to know the 2 students doing a poster session, but the very architecture student from the Netherlands won together with another poster from Romania the BEST POSTER award. Check out the links above, other blogs like the: Ocean Sustainability Science Symposium 2015: Identifying future tasks and questions . and come back maybe next week ! Meanwhile check the Reefformers facebook page:

As it was possible to have the Reefformers reps from the University Eindhoven and Technical University Darmstadt to come to Berlin so we can dig a little deeper..... and do this interviews thanks to Stefan ! see VIMEO videos: filmingforchange: and there: Conni & Vili.
The interviews went on and on. Videos and more will be online later... I am really thrilled how young students rocked the boat and responded to all this "basic" and "scientific" Q&A's in Kiel. CU HEiner


We shared the YouTube Madrigal Sea Video Part2 [link] Part3 [link]
I need to add here more about this project from 1993 ..... about The Challenge of the MADRIGAL SEA - A Coastal Sea in Trouble, as presented at the EMECS 1993 - Maryland Sea Grant College. Maybe check also 2 years later the UN Climate Summit 1995, Berlin: EARTH IN TROUBLE: [link] - well maybe goto SLIDESHARE - to have a better, topdown access: [link]

MORE LATER ***** I was busy around UNEP and the Bank those days and attended on an invitation through the RSA the MADRIGAL SEA: in Baltimore and Philadelphia, a performative stage happeing, maybe role play and drama to make people confront issues they have experienced and tend to ignore...
The event where everybody who has participated is weeping still full of laughter and Lynton invited some of us to his "Is Humanity destined...?" [link] for his 90th birthday volume.... My answer was another answer and a proposal "Show or Schau?" [link]
THE Madrigal Sea was later presented at the EARTH FOCUS FOUNDATION in Geneva: GLOBAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (GYC 2011) those days called th BELLERIVE FOUNDATION...
Check slide 8&9 at [link]
Maybe you also check the GYC 2012 gearing to "bend the trend" at Rio+20: [link]

We struggeled at the GYC to have a digital copy and how to share it. So many lessons since 25 or 10 years ago did get lost as there s a copyright ! and even all is in "public grants" for "common goods" and "GLocal Commons" we still have problems sharing it. !!!

When uploading the video I showed in Kiel and elsewhere onto YouTube I ran into "copy-right" questions. The theme at the end seems to be "individual protected right" and the producers 22 years ago where not aware that a COMMON as a whole is COPYRIGHT protected when only one sound is not.

As you can see, again dee, shallow waters and shifting sands, "subkhas" = dangerous waters under the sands,,,,, I will pursue the issue of public awareness and early warning systems * plus educated, informed, wise and practical guesses elsewhere... BUT maybe we have access soon to the uploaded MADRIGAL SEA video !! here they are: !!! [link]
Well it took some time since 2010 - as the video is copyrighted in 1994 and as there is a SONG "Dawn to Dusk" at the end some editing/manipulation to the original video were needed. Thanks for the communications with all these great people in 1993 ! I wanna highlight Bill, Richard and Mark and in the auditorium Nadia and Lynton.... among others.This was one of the off-springs / outcomes: [link]
Unfortunately the UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA is not keeping pages from LYNTON CALDWELL ajour. But you can go from here: [link]

Maybe there are different levels of service and dedication !???? and we should revisit the function of PILOTs or LOTSEN in times of sooo many "Captains" and "Entitlement" buddys these days...

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 ITB: Sharing or Service Economy !? and how to see the I, "us" & "others"....
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The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) [link] opening press conference was this morninig. The ITB includes interesting conferfences and side events, focus on indigenes and handicapped - and even many ohters.

check later -- the signet might be controversial- I hope ... I have just studied the world map of the World Academies - and whoops .. there is a difference most of us ignore.

Before we focus on Tourism and LifeStyles, maybe have a second look at WORLD MAPS. A concern I have for some time: Map Literacy and Map Ignorance ! update 2006: [link] original paper: [link]
Many people neglect and ignore, but should not Science and Tourism have a more trustful, trouthful, fidel, ... view on the big picture and across scales !!
inter-sectoral, inter-cultural, cross scales and times ..:? [link]

I was mesmerized by hearing on of the main themes this ITB Berlin Kongress:
Zuhören, mitreden, teilen [link]

Beside me always citing "sharing, caring, daring" = wissen - wollen- wagen
I haved recently updated this article on Dialogue ans Sharing: ​ So maybe enjoy and come back ....

This "sharing and caring" is very dear to me... before I move on, maybe you like TED Video by Riane Eisler: - where the tradition of also mentioning the "daring" is another story, and this interestingly meant different cultures/civilizations!

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Yesterday, March 1st was FUTURE DAY, and again like last year there was a HANG-OUT to meetup and share among friends and aliens....

Same as our hangout last years: [link]
Little changed. Still institutions like the World Resources Institute | Making Big Ideas Happen working on six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade...
I focussed last years on MDGs and SDGs - now the challenges of expanding beyond isolated Goals, Challenges, Problems, Issues, ... are getting more obvious. But what is the progress since Rio 1992 ?
I can only make you revist the recommendations on page 3 ***** and come back, as the issue to go beyond clan-think, group-think, silo-think, sector/disipline-thinking is more critical and relevant than ever.

So please come back.. and check:
The Millennium Project, 21 hrs · Washington, DC, United States
GFIS Participant Re-post: Let's say the evolution of the specie happens with Transhumanism and that the 2045 Initiative were to achieve its goals. Will machines be immune to health issues (i.e. are upgrades, hardware, security issues pertaining to hacking, mining of earth materials required for hardware, memory, and functionality not considered part of the "health issues" of a machine?) Answer it here:

 ALS - Amyotrophe Lateralsklerose - a myotrophic lateral sclerosis
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German / French Television ARTE presented yesterday in X:enius ALS - Amyotrophe Lateralsklerose - in English: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and it was like a deja vue... How little was achieved - but how through an internet happening like the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE is creating public awareness. Funds and Grants skyrocket after this ICE BUCKET Challenge - so maybe check "my" background, Angela Jansen, and the ART X: enius production from this week (now on ARTE+7): [link]

This is my comment (unfortunately in German):

Heiner Benking • vor 2 Tagen
DANKE X:enius Team ! Am meisten beeindruckt mich seit x Jahren die Angela Jansen - Wer nominiert sie nur für das Bundesverdienstkreuz - am Bande mit allem Drum und Dran.... ??

Angela lernte ich rund um Christoph Schlingensief kennen....
ICH? na schaut mal die "CHALLENGE": mit ein paar Hintergründen !!

Wir haben für Angela Jansen vor Jahren eine KEYNOTE organisiert, nicht in Turin sondern in Ihrem Bett in Berlin, damit EYE-GAZE und was da alles möglich ist, so Mut, Willen, und Geist da ist.... Angela ist da ein BEISPIEL für mich und vielleicht für viele andere um "nicht nur um mit den Augen zu tanzen". Unsere EYEGAZE - Keynote für TURIN und das "Ich male also bin ich" in der Kunsthalle Rostock und weitere Hintergründe zur Thematik und zu dieser tapferen, intelligenten und engagierten Angela und Ihr Thema mögen die Sache weiter beleuchten:
COGAIN 2006 - Angela Jansen Virtually in Turin - [link]
PINGO ERGO SUM: [link] s.a.: .....

PS: Hier noch eine Empfehlung: [link]
--- rushing... but this is what GOOGLE finds about the "matter": check the message to ARTE for the full links.  More >

 Re-Inventing Foreign Policy? 60 years DGAP
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The German Foreign Office introduced REVIEW - crisis - order - Europe - a year log process to revisit Foreign Politics - WEITER DENKEN - thinking beyond.
this is the REVIEW website: [link]

check also DGAP

I made a lot of notes about how to go beyond extremes, a praise of the in-between.
So some back as MASS und MITTE - or ORDER and MENSURA are important themes for me. Both make sense with shared frames and scaffoldings of reference and by including "workspaces of the mind".

I have just read last months SPIEGEL interview with Michael Gorbachew: [link]
He makes very clear where the deep rifts are between our mind-sets. He feels we should widen our reality beyond right-wrong, east-west, ... and this is what he publish in the NEUES DENKEN - New Thinking 20 years ago. But did we make it real and shared?
I also recall the Spectrum - the In-Between - maybe we should check the new report how "beyond" and "in-between" solutions have been explored and will be implemented.

 Beyond Pitching - harvesting pitches, collective solution augmentation and ....
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Pitches: and then !? - harvesting and building upon pitches, collective solution augmentation and cultivating socio cultural cohesion and commuity building

PLEASE NOTE: This is a FIRST in this blog, an announcement for our event March 19-21, in Duisburg, Germany.

When I met the Pitch Doctor at the IFA some years ago I was impressed. I did not know the term pitching but I was impressed how learning to present oneself, ideas, projects, solutions , … was a new capability to be learned my entrepreneurs. A fast learning track on the way get to market and find funds...
For me this 1:30 in media and politics was well known, but now wider circles learned to be short, precise, terse,... and that was actually what we do with the Magic Roundtable format. But there we do not present „onethelves and a topic/solution“ as you see with the fashionable TED pitches since some years, but where we interact and weave together solutions and resources, teams and how to form new fabrics and patterns through empowerment and encouragement.

Since a few years we organize Magic Roundtables at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin - for example 2011 - 2012 and in addition the last 2 years we where part of the "OPEN-SPACE" where a collegue Joachim *** is doing with the gong the Speed-Pitching – and we invited these „trained pitchers“ to mingle with speakers and participants to see how their ideas or projects resonnate and connect with „others“. I feel this was reaching a new Niveau after all these slams, pitches, Pecha Cuchas. I attended.

Recently we did in and with people from the European Commission in Berlin the introduction of a new research programme: The EU CAPS DAY and there we did exactly that: Harvest the Inputs and do a dialogue/conversation in a larger circle. See here the event Documentation ***** and an older page about Myths around Dialogue.

Update February 2015
March 20-22 we are invided for a Workshop at the German BUNDESZENTRALE – Federal Agency for Civic Education [link] Civic Education - Inequality in Democracy - 13. Bundeskongress Politische Bildung – Ungleichheiten in der Demokratie, – see the announcement – maybe join us in Duisburg. Our Session is called Dialogue on Equal Terms (DIALOG AUF AUGENHÖHE) Moderation: Join us or see our report – later....


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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
  • Beyond Pitching - harvesting pitches, collective solution augmentation and ....

  • 2015-02-20
  • recap15 Step-by-Step & Collaborative Sandbox: Capturing collective thinking

  • 2015-02-17
  • betterplace & Denkerei: Berlin: THE HUB for KULTUR & consciousness

  • 2015-02-12
  • Startup Europe Summit & Pop-up & Pitching

  • 2015-01-31
  • Richard von Weiszsäcker - an eulogy and some reflections...

  • 2015-01-30
  • Pitching, Pledging and Gifting into a New World ?

  • 2015-01-13
  • CAPS intro in Berlin, Me Charlie ? @ MAHNWACHE ? Berlin Brandenburg Gate

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