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Welcome to the NewsLog or Blog of Heiner Benking. This is a kaleidoscope of insights and impulses collected first in the Seeds of Change Viewsletter in 1995 and continually updated ever since, but now made available for broader distribution and comments - enjoy, and come again !
3 Mar 2014 @ 15:33
"Sould for Europe" was founded here in the Allianz Foundation at the Brandenburg Gate 10 years ago. We heard that Europe had a Soul but it got lost in the last maybe 40 years. Check Wikipedia: [link] check the programm, stream and tweets !! and start also with: Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, Cities for Europe, and Sould of Europe UK focussing on Peace: [link]
“A Soul for Europe” and its Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe prepared the Berlin Conference 2014. Highlights of this busy period included the Amsterdam Conversation, Brussels Conversations, a meeting with three MEPs from our Advisory Board Parliamentarian Working Group at the European Parliament, and finally President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announcing the conference which is co-produced with the EP. »more: [link] #BC2014 @SoulforEurope
Follow the Berlin Conference 2014 live, Published on 2nd March 2014 by A Soul for Europe, Follow the Berlin Conference 2014 live on 3 March 2014 from 9 a.m.
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We have Wim Wenders here, who just did in "Cathedrals of Culture" see Berlinale below.http://www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v396/__show_article/_a000396-000260.htm
2 Mar 2014 @ 06:39
Thrilling last 24hrs around Future Day. Future Day. Jerry Glenn announced about 3 days ago to do a joint effort of 6 Future Societies to make Journey around the globe, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIsrZfRIuLs - or see the APF announcement: Same like we did in the Global Learn Day in the 90ies with CISCO and later TALKING COMMUNITIES. 24 one hour sessions in a row with the sun at high noon!!
So I was all ears, and eyes and have dropped everything. Just getting up after hours in the cockpit and remembering what links I had promised to some of the participants, and why I had really joined !!
So what we did was a google hangout "on the fly". As you know it is all recorded and maybe later well documented, so only here my duty to open doors and crash gates where necessary .
enjoy later these YouTube recordings and come back when the documentation is on the Millennium Project website.
In 2010 in Geneva at the Global Youth Conference (GYC-2010)[link] I had presented also about Dialogue and Deliberation ways and means, Structured Dialogic Design and how Issues, or Challenges, Problems should be seen in their deep connections, and so the next year this was the central issue for the Rio+20 preparatgions and recommendation (GYC-2011) The youth was excited to learn about History, Embodiment and Multi-track Diplomacy and Peacemaking, how through deliberations and influence voting we can jointly find hidden meanings and drivers. The title was: A DEMOCRATIC APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURES and the DIGITAL PETERS (synchronoptical worldhistory):
Interestingly by collegue and "brother" Reynaldo had the same idea, maybe even earlier (serendipity - or it was too obvious for people knowing the Millennium Project) to adress like we proposed and worked with Youth in Eastern Europe to structure the MDGs to also do it for the 20 years collection of Challenges to Humanity, or as we discuss it now in the ECOSOC OWG process to check the connections between the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Check the slides as below.
As so many issues have been raised during the 24hrs and I always have adding in the chat links to pages in this blog on issues like SMART DATA, Wisdom of the People, Earth Day and Rober Mueller, Tagore and Einstein, WFSF, 9d and cognitive panorama, augmented realities and jusion, metaphors and interface design (Anthony Judge) [link], maps, models, sign systems, supesigns and superstructures, [link], Ekistics and General Planning and the EcoCube called Pointers to Possibilities (Anthony Judge) [link], flutes, jam sessions, merging, morphing, schemas, orders and fusion (workshop on: Computation for Metaphors, Analogy and Agents (1998) in Aizu [link] ....
I recommed to check yourself some of the entries at Quergeist (not Weltgeist or Zeitgeist): [link] or wait for the Millennium Project GFIS[link] and https://themp.org/ docu comming soon.
Well as you know I argue for GLocal Challenges (WIKIPEDIA - Hitory of the Concept [link] - but such is life... Words are always in the way, and meaning gets lost between the words and the lines when out of context. So let us remember T.S. Eliot: "make words solid..."
12 Feb 2014 @ 21:25
great issues, maybe jumping too short?? - or hurray - finally we are comming to "grips" and commons and community? Concretely !!!? or just using another "plastic word" in vaporware?
One BERLINALE SPECIAL caught my interest: Cathedrals of Culture it is about the "Soul of Buildings". later we will check the positions, perspectives, and embodiment.
Top producers, directors and in-betweeners like Wim Wenders and Robert Redford. Have a look ! This is one, but a very special highlights of the Berlinale, a very Special - even Spacial (3D) production ! (do don confuse with spatial :)
Cathedrals of Culture - Kathedralen der Kultur
Here the official intro:
'If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?' Cathedrals of Culture offers six startling responses to this question. This 3D film project about the soul of buildings allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action: the Berlin Philharmonic, an icon of modernity; the National Library of Russia, a kingdom of thoughts; Halden Prison, the world’s most humane prison; the Salk Institute, a scientific monastery on the California coast; the Oslo Opera House, a futuristic symbiosis of art and life; and the Centre Pompidou, a modern culture machine. Cathedrals of Culture explores how each of these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.
DIRECTORs: Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, Karim Aïnouz
This 3-dimensional "immersion" into places and perspectives, being able to "resonnate" with impression we will not be able to perceive even when going there. So it is an extra and augmented reality [link] & [link] and we are getting closer to what creativity and imagination is like, getting to and into what is not there (yet!?).
and further down, the other highlight today is about the Cognitive "I" in the Einstein Forum in Potsdam: I, Darwin, free Monkey, Pondering about a Philosophy of Evolution: „Ich, Darwin, freier Affe“. Überlegungen zur Philosophie der Evolution. A lecture by Hans Werner Ingensiep, Professor für Philosophie, Zentrum für Medizinische Biologie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, [link]
Getting back to the Berlinale and Philharmony and the presentation of outstanding architectures and how they create community and performance, a body and "soul".
I am "touched" - all sennses - as my fatherly friend, protector, boss, for 20+years was the right had of Sharoun, his name: Alfred Schinz [link]
This day is about the cental issues in my Life, how to create and support comuntity, but not only in homes, buildings, compounds, but towns and regions, the scales, but not neglecting, but integrating scales!! and finding identity and creating a cradle for community. This has much to do with Doxiadis EKISTIC GRIDS [link] and and
Today I am "touched" as we need to go beyond the local - ego scale and add !! - NOT AS AN ALTERNATTIVE to the local and ego "I" - a broader mutti-scale and multi-modal perspective.
The lecture at EINSTEIN by Ingensiepen opened extra views ! We even talked later about PAUL and GRAZIA FEYERABEND - strange encoutners - maybe only Berlin can set the stage for such a full and deep, "mindful" events.
I will later dive into this linkage and how it "drives" me. How my mind-architectures and dialogue, community building and peace-making have a common direction for me. During teh film I immediately thought about how to not only build buildings, but villages and towns. Can there be a community "spirit"?, talking like in the film where the building is speaking and story-telling ! One example for me is the story of Manu, which I mentioned in many articles and essays: https://www.google.de/search?q=Manu+%22Heiner+Benking%22+harun&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:de:official&client=firefox-a&gfe_rd=cr&ei=b3j8UrXcKsmK8QfymoGIAg Google helps me to remember this contribution: [link]
We need to gtalk about Positions, Perspectives, Signs, Superstructures and Supersigns, Models and Frames - a good start is this book by Ingensiep: The cultured Monkey/Ape: [link] and we will need to talk about Emergences, Models, Signs, Community Building and Peace Making...
here some links to get started:
Me, We, You, Others,... Models: [link] Super Signs/Structures: [link] more later....
31 Jan 2014 @ 18:35
Getting a little dizzy when getting a glimps of what is going on in Berlin in 2 days?
I understand, I am fully with you !
But as there are a few hundred readers of this blog every day, I will continue also this years opeening doors, building bridges, negotiating frames of references.
Lets start with the Inaugural Meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary General of the UN:
UN Scientific Advisory Board
UN Scientific Advisory Board will convene for the first time – in Berlin. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a new body created by UN Secretary-General Ban ... the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Commission for UNESCO. https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47041&Cr=climate+change&Cr1=
MORE and Impressions and Thoughts to follow...
Next is Transmediale - same procedure as every year This year of much interest to me as metaphors of space- and geo-metaphors like layers, intersections, tresholds, permeability find a "real" place, congrats...
the title "AFTERGLOW" leaves space for time and latency, so lets check later... meanwhile see: [link]
Allianz Foundation - Stifterverband - Schering Foundation
Welches Wissen zählt? | Schering Stiftung
AN ECOSYSTEM OF ECCESS
06.01.2014 - Schering Foundation. About Us · Activities ... Januar 2014, 18:30 – 20:30 Uhr im Allianz Forum am Pariser Platz. quadriga-debatten_logo ...
It was good to chat with Peter Raue und Gerhard Roth, forging old threads and new alliances,.... more later ...
This is an aesthetic and pragmatic, relevant "top of the cream" today and tomorrow about participation and intervention, and where to intervene and avoid infliction.... I am at awe old and new names come up, I wish I would haves some more time for empowerment and performance. Check:
THE AESTHETICS OF APPLIED THEATRE: [link] - www.applied-theatre.org/ The first international conference of the European Research Council's project The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre will explore interdisciplinary possibilities for ...
Applied Drama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_DramaDiese Seite übersetzen
Applied Drama, also known as Applied Theatre, is an umbrella term for the use of drama ..... www.africanperformers.com, www.storyworkshop.org
come back, I urge you - I heard the word "pragmatics" in many instances, is this a new "turn" !?? maybe even tro Berlin, "hands-on"
17 Jan 2014 @ 14:26
Again this January the Green Week [link] and the "Summit" of Agriculture Ministers [link] in Berlin.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. „Empowering Agriculture – Foster Resilience – Secure Food and Nutrition“[link] I will add the final communiqué from the summit will formulate the Agriculture Ministers' joint position to be considered for the United Nations on the post-2015 agenda. See the MDG-SDG connection mentioned around UN ECOSOC and the Open Work Group Process around UN ECOSOC and UN-DPI mentioned further down.
While entering the fairgrounds I find the poster of BREAD FOR THE WORLD - BROT FUER DIE WELT.
"There are many reasons for hunger in the world, as there are many hands to reduce it. Two of these hands are yours" (Brot für die Welt)
We have since yesterday the GFFA and tomorrow the Agricultural Ministers Summit in our Foreign Office. Busy times - so please come back later.
Tomorrow is high-time, as announced: BAN KI-MOONBUT HE DID NOT COME !! ... and and all around in town in "side-events"...
I will report in detail about the outcomes and Summit Communiqué in the Foreign Office and Press Conferences - hopefully on Sunday - or at the end of the GREEN WEEK as a summary.
On various events we discuss "Resilience" - an ecological term known some since decades, nor it reaches the policy and business world. "Resilience" you hear in nearly every one in twenty sentences, the next "buzz-word" is "silo" - maybe a good sign, it is fashionable to realize how we are thinking in boxes, with labels, and maybe even worse "flat" and "linear". An antidote to shared common grids or we called a "Cognitive Panorama", [link] - but who reads nowadays when something is 20 years old....
In parallel the people are on demonstrations - walking from Brandenburg Gate to the Chancellery, see the poster and the links. See the "other" Green Week as announced here: OYA :: Jenseits der Grünen Woche and see [link] WIR HABEN ES SATT! for me it like déjà-vu from CopenVegan [link] done 5 Years ago at the UNFCCC at COP15 in Copenhagen with the Survival Academy: [link] MY QUESTION: Where did we improve the "situation" beside the "talk" with new terms?
of interest for the FORUM participants might be:
UN-ECOSOC OWG 8 about SDG / MDG: [link] and check UN-AMR 2008 [link]
and reports about UNFCCC COP15 about CopenVegan 2008 **** and the EARTH FOCUS FOUNDATION [link] Global Youth Geneva Conferences and Recommendations 2010 - 2011
GYC-2010: Global Youth Conference on Forests, Water, Health and Peace
Where does it all connect and triggers lasting questions? [link] video: [link], my slides: benking.de/open-forum/GYC/GYC-2011-Autumn-Heiner-Benking-S.pdf / slideshare part1: [link] slideshare part2: [link]
GYC 2011 Video: [link] / my title: Introducing: "A Democratic Approach to Sustainable Futures" and the "Digital Peters“ -
Examples of CoLaboratory Dialog Design, Deliberation and Visualization Approaches
for shared Orientation, Understanding, Capacity-Building, and Actions
across Levels, Sectors, Languages, Terminologies, Scales and Mindsets(Video) [link] slides: **** and an interview: [link] slideshare for Rio=20: [link]
for more see:
[link] and besides the Media-Delegates Conversations/Roundtables around real Summits, like UN CSD-15 and UN-Climate 1995, Berlin INTERNATIONAL CORNER at UN Climate Summit [link], Berlin 1995 EARTH IN TROUBLE (hand-out) CAPACITY TO GOVERN 1995 with Yehezkel Dror [link], Club of Rome governance "points to keep in mind" INTERNATIONAL CORNER [link]
and I recommend in this blog: www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v396/__show_article/_a000396-000215.htm New Books: Strategic Articulations ... and Democratic Approach ...
QUESTIONS and NOTES - WORK IN PROGRESS:
Are UN DPI and ECOSOC involved / invited !?
NEW HORIZONS - NEW QUESTIONS !? is one of the titles for the GFFA
How about OLD & NEW HORIZONS; QUESTIONS and ANSWERS/APPROACHES/SOLUTIONS ??
Below you can find [More] only a gravel-pit... or a "backgrounder": More >
15 Jan 2014 @ 17:25
Two interesting events (for me at least) as a kick-off for 2014 in my blog.
GAME OVER unfortunately without Wolfgang Croy, but very important to discuss challenges and limitations of Humans and Machines/Technology interactions.
Check google or goto the calendar/boell.de/de/tags/democracy /game-over-humans website.
Before I am sitting here in the University of the Arts listening to a conversation between Knut Ebeling and Siegfried Zielinki in a series of exchanges in a program called VARIANTOLOGY. [link]
Theory of the Archives in Philosophy, Media, and the Arts KADMOS 2009 Knut Ebeling, Stephan Guentzel
I really like the focus and intersting oeuvre of Ebeling and exchanged a little with him after linking to the archiving and negotiting in my Cognitive Panorama,[link] now since 20+ years. My question is why this work is not taken up, ignored even when published in top academic or policy environments.
This leads me back to the SIG - GIG Discussion [link] and how we educate in science and what reaches the schools and kinder gardens. maybe this is a good start: IGNORANCE OR COMPASSION: [link]
More late - have to rush to my 3rd stop-over tonight, the full-moon party of Achmed Khammas. Profile Farah .... [link]
25 Dec 2013 @ 09:49
I was Santa Claus last night. My job was to bring presents, not share equal or just pieces for the kids and elders. To give is to empower unconditionally, no deals-mongering, promising returns on "vaporware" futures, which are announced and promised, but have not been delivered (yet) or never will ....
My last blog entry was not about Nuts or Pease, and counting and distributing them fairly! It was about giving Voice, Trust, Encouragement, not just Qualitative Harvesting, but planting Seeds and create a short TimesSpace Incubator, for the unexpected. That is why we call it Magic Roundtables...
The right theme for Christmas, what do you think?
Anyway it was a great present to be called back on deck, to finally finnish the little booklet "The SPOONS PRINCIPLE". It is about more than "sharing", it is about giving a gift unconditionally without expecting or "computing" a return. Maybe we better use it in the context of endowmwent and donation in an altruistic setting. On the surface it is about "giving" and sharing, but fruits or seeds are not to be expected, or going elsewhere without any control. I think here about "SEEDS OF CHANGE" which kept me busy for years, and even this website is about sharing such "seeds": see "SEEDS OF CHANGE": [link] in the Viewsletter: benking.de/viewsletter/ and
and interview I did with Manfred Kannenberg in 2009 about "SCHENKENDE WIRTSCHAFT" [link] see also the PDF www.dreigliederung.de/download/2009-02-002.pdf and "Fellchen schenken" by the "People from Swabedoo" www.amazon.de/Die-kleinen-Leute-von-Swabedoo/dp/392519701X We use such Furs or Sponges as something soft and tender quite often, see "units" or "tokens" in the Spoons Sharing blog from lst week.
I am searching for translations of this fairy tale, maybe you can help !? [link]
As you can see: SANTA CLAUS is sharing presents without expecting a return, he is on "mission" . In a community - like world community you feel as "one" so give for free without expectations. You consider a wider family and returns one day to others. Maybe read carefully above SCHENKENDE WIRTSCHAFT and check ELINOR OSTROM about Commons in a wider, but not infinite community of "peers". [link]
I better use this as a quarry for to collect some elements and ideas for the SPOON PRINCIPLE....
I also think about the BOHM DIALOGUE and Story-Telling and Story-Spaces [link] I will need to expand this here later.... [link] More >
22 Dec 2013 @ 08:00
Friday Night was a very special night for much learning for me and I am thankful as I now feel ready for the publication of the "SPOONS Principle", a booklet under preparation since last year. I had to attend to see the learning curve after the first "PEANUTS Sharing" last year in in the Innovation Circle - Berliner Innovationskreis - A gathering for decades in Berlin.
Last night our theme was: "About new Examples, Experiments and Possibilities of an "Economy of Happiness", which are since long no utopia any more. See the invitation below.
Von neuen Beispielen, Experimenten und Möglichkeiten einer Glücksökonomie und von Lebensweisen, die längst keine Utopie mehr sind.
WHAT A TITLE for one event for 4 hours, and what an APPROACH ! This time we did not share COASTERS!, nor STRAWS!, STICKS, CANDELS, SHELLS, SPONGES, small pieces of FUR or STONES or any other kind of tokens (See Magic Roundtable "units" below and how it is as a dialogue format applied as an open, embodied, self-organized, empowering, transparent, surprising, ... approach for small and large gatherings.
Besides: I am always amazed about the symbolic depth of sharing units or tokes, and how it differs in other cultures. Just ask yourselve what it means for you to get some nuts, straws, or spoons !!!
Another question comes up: Is there a "consumption" of time? - are we entiteled" to time? I think this is the essence, we are in a cage of material thinking, time is beyond this, the more you share, the more you have, the more you commit to others you empower others. So Sharing is not about "splitting" but empowering, give voice, .... and not share nuts and peanuts...... Important is agreed frame of time and space, always change and expandable, but good to have commons to trust and negotiate.
Already in Kindergarten we should have leaned that parting and sharing is different - I must confess here, I am a deep fan of Robert Fulghum and his book: EVERYTHING I LEARNED - I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN ! Lumping and Splittering / GIVING & TAKING are quite different and the basics, but it looks like such basic, fundamental learnings were forgotten in the later school or higher curricula. What I had to learn today is that that some people think that taking their part and "slittering" is equivalent to Sharing&Empowering, Co-Creationmindbugs and mindboggles I mentioned elsewhere. and see the mastermind: http://quergeist.net/Warfield/ and also mindprints:
Voting, Deliberating, Empowering, Harvesting, ... jointly putting our acts together is another next step and on another level !!! see sectors, scales, proportions and ways to negotiate:
HAPPINESS and CHANCE are symbilized by a last "STRAW" in my tradition, SURVIVAL; CHANCE and EMPOWERMENT by Spoons you givve to the next generation, as long as you can ...., and PEANUTS your NEGLECT, which are PIECEMEAL, but taste wemm and help getting something to eat and enjoy.... OUR STAR-HIGH title this session is to make a difference ! in Futures to Come (already there ???) More >
17 Dec 2013 @ 10:32
Daring Justice and Sharing Common Frames of Refererences
going beyond East-West - North South ... see my statement from the floor.
Lots of events this year for Willy Brandt, but yesterday and today we have our summit, his 100th in the WILLY BRANDT HAUS !! - Yesterday we have been "only" in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation... http://www.fes.de/GPol/pdf/FES_Programm_Willy_Brandt_171213.pdf
Mehr Gerechtigkeit wagen - Willy Brandts globales Engagement
THURSDAY MORNING - well this becomming quite and exercise, maybe it should be a hook about SHARING _ CARING_ DARING GLocally dedicated to WILLY BRANDT, ROBERT JUNGK; ELISABETH MANN_BORGESE, and RALPH SIU .... I better sleep over that check the long text under [more] below !!
Tonight the WILLY BRANDT HAUS opens its doors... check the programme ! and see [MORE] below !! 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 not sufficient 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.