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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:

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow - perhaps it all will.

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The Symposium in Kiel is a gathering of scientists and practitioners concerned with sustainable ocean development. 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 concernsand 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]  More >

 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!

picture picture 2 Mar 2015 @ 16:12
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....


 recap15 Step-by-Step & Collaborative Sandbox: Capturing collective thinking
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RECAP15 - Re-thinking the Efficacy of International Climate Agreements Post COP15

Step-by-Step – How to Progress in International Climate Policy
check also: [link] and [link]
[more below]

I will add here the link to the conference and project store and need to respond a.s.a.p. with my records and concerns about climate policy and the COP in Paris, but also concerning central issues around mitigation and adaptation, the scales, rules, values, scopes in decision making and implementation.
The meeting was very intense and deep, very good people not just from economy, social sciences, law, ... MORE LATER .... this is a 2 days exercise.
on the second day I brought a book from my library: "Against the Gods" which I covered in this blog below: and where we put a question-mark "Against the Gods ?" and trajectory to it. [link] lots of great exchanges and I stayed on and on... to discuss Elinor Ostrom and transgressing scales and sectors. Maybe start here (slide3): [link] and see what recommendations I copied for some participants: (see page 3)
UN ECOSOC COMMONS, September 2014 [link] and the GLOBAL Change exhibitions 25th anniversary MAY 30th this year with the early HGF, the AGF and others in Bonn and elsewhere...: [link]

Peace Innovation Lab - Berlin
Collaborative Sandbox: Capturing collective thinking. [link] and [link]

The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, is part of a global network of peace innovation labs initiated by [link] The peace innovation lab network provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for Persuasive Technology interventions to measurably increase positive engagement, at scale. We are here to: - improve social security - provide academic knowledge - facilitate business development - build personal capacity - build a strong local community  More >

 betterplace & Denkerei: Berlin: THE HUB for KULTUR & consciousness
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Hot Tuesday night again, tonight....
I can only add some links today and hope to come back to bridge consciousness and political aesthetics. There were some Muses and Beispielgeber around....

Beat Wyss und Wolfgang Ullrich: Kulturtechnik versus Kulturkritik - Die Gegenwart des Geistes behaupten?
Beat Wyss und Wolfgang Ullrich antworten ihrem Leser Bazon Brock [link]

Check also earlier examples of events of Denkerei in blog entries below [link] and [link]

Consciousness and the Internet [link] and [link]
oraganized by: [link] see also:

 Startup Europe Summit & Pop-up & Pitching
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Startup Europe Summit. The pop-up conference for european startups in Berlin.
Captains of the industry, Europe’s leading startup founders and policy makers are gathering to discuss what’s next for Europe. [link]


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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
  • 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

  • 2015-01-09
  • transmediale 2015 kick-off - VORSPIEL (pre-play/-act)

  • 2015-01-06
  • One of Today's challenge for Epiphany: Sustainable Development ?

  • 2015-01-01
  • New Year - a long waiting pledge - Gestalt ? Corpus ? Body ? of WHAT !?

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