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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 !

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:

I am a lie that always tells the truth.--Jean Cocteau

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 Media Arts&Sciences Worlds - Academies symposium & UN COMMONS drafting
1 Sep 2014 @ 13:48
If would only have 2 lives these hours and out times.... There is a top Symposium about Media with the German Academies and in parallel we draft letters to heads of State in the UN ECOSOC COMMONS causus working Group on TITAN PAD. As I would like hightlight the common themes and challenges I include here 3 bullets for the discussion - draft letter. Anyone interested can go to TITANPAD: and/or read my Points below !

But maybe also check tweets at #medialewelten and the Geman DIGITAL SOCIETY effort:

more later - I have to tweet and party, make the telephone conference now !! and tour the exhibition in HAMBURGER BAHNHOF - the Arts Exhibition place in town.
Lines in titanpad: September 1, 2014

HEiner: I have 3 ideas/recommendations: 1.) share global covenants or frames of references as a key recommendations. One recommendation after Rio 92 by/with Noel ...  More >

 German Chancellery – Box and Models for the Public – 24 years ago and today
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Happy Birthday? - Exactly 24 years and 4 month today - we presented a Cube - or call it box - at the exibition in the German Chancellery “Global Change – Challenges to Science and Politics” – today and yesterday there is a déjà-vu for me as today INBAK exhibits 2 "boxes" (BooksboXXes =BücherboXX) in the new Federal Chancellery in Berlin – we call it in Berlin “Washing Maschine”. Another "magic" box or cube...

How to address the public ? – How to include the public ? But not on the shallow sense of entertainment and politainment, but including and engaging the public, but also sciences, media, politics. In both cases we try with something tangible, something concrete, something to share and negotiate….

Today with the Federal Minister and Head of the Chancellery [link] and in charge of special affairs, Peter Altmaier, we have the opening of the Public Day, ...  More >

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 DIVERSITY CHARTA - Charta der Vielfalt
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Highly recommended - parallel to the anual Ambassadors - Botschafterkonferenz 2014 there was the signing of the CHARTA [link] in the Foreign Office and we have since yesterday the 65th of the UN.

Charta der Vielfalt
It is an initiative around diversity management, gender, nationality, orientation, religion, intercultural dimensions, ... [link] - Check: [link] - [link]

The press "signing in" was in the connex of the ambassadors meeting every year. Highly recommended to learn that these people work hard and connect, even without media and the public.

"Besides" we have since yesterday high time in NYC at the High Level exercise at the United NAtions. I can only attend virtually.... Maybe you also want to "attend"?: United Nations ‏@UN Continues today in NYC - #UNNGO2014 Conference - see @UNDPINGO & [link] for updates.

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 Ice Bucket Challenge arrived in Berlin
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We saw Bill Gates in US television last week VIDEO: Bill Gates takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge description [link] and yesterday in Berlin has with ALS- Hilfe ( ALS-Help ) its comming out.
Initiative Hilfe für ALS-kranke Menschen: ALS-Hilfe
YouTube-Channel der ALS-Ambulanz:

I am mobile on the way to a press event this morning. We go to the ALS ambulance in Berlin where Dr. Thomas Meyer has pointed out already 10 years ago to Christoph Chlingensief a very courageous patient: Angela Jansen who is invited to come today. My collegue Farah Lenser has founded with Angela Jansen and others little later a German "self-help" association ALS-mobil e.V., where such persons can mingle and communicate, get help and advise to travel or organize their lives.
In the nomination for an Engagement Price [link] by the Association of German Foundations writes Angela exactly about this challenge ! I uploaded here the press-release by the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen Geben gibt !! and the text by Angela for her nomination:

8 years ago we had COGAIN 2006 - Angela Jansen Virtually in Turin - with a great thanks for Dr. Meyer, enjoy: Angela keynote and the PINGO ERGO SUM presentation of Angela in Rostock, which made it even into German television to ttt - Titel-Thesen-Temperamente - PINGO ERGO SUM
Enjoy some videos and check the CHARITE site [link] and maybe visit Angelas website: and ALS-Mobil e.V. !!

The long (5 Minutes) version is available at my German Blog: BenkingNews, enjoy !

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 Team Genius !! - Leonardo 3.4.5. in Berlin next Thursday
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ANNOUNCEMENT next Thursday evening in Berlin !

Activation and optimization of organizational potentials
Your organization and teams potentials and talents might be much more than you think. You just need to activate them.

LEONARDO 3.4.5 is a research based expert tool that identifies potentials and talents of individuals inside a working environment. It provides a platform for consultants to facilitate the development of organizational performance.

LEONARDO 3.4.5 facilitators run development workshops for their participant's projects in order to enhance people's understanding of team effectiveness and its relevance in meeting business challenges. [link]

Needs translation:
Team Genius Workshop zur Einführung in Leonardo 3 * 4 * 5
Prof. Dr Christa Muth, Elke Eich, Heiner Benking

UFA Fabrik, Berlin - Karte
17. Juli 2014, 19:00 - 21:00 Uhr - Nebenraum-Theatersaal

Programm  More >

 European Eco-villages - butterflies - 40 yrs Globetrotters - World Soccer 2014
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what days and nights the last 2 weeks - we "celebrate" and share & care, trying to make a differnce by serving not only in "eco-communities" but as elders and sevants...
I just return home after days/weeks 21/7 - what an exposure..... outburned - since only a few times before.... reincarnation again and again as a buttetfly is real labour but has its merrits....

above sre pictures from the ECOVILLAGES Night and 15 Years Ago, celebrating Rio+ 5 or 10, I need to check. This was at the UFA-Fabrik where we gathered around PNW, POOL, and Youth-Leader...

The Butterfly map is a real treasure for me. See the links on in-betweener ***** and PNYV , *****

Returning ftom Belzig:
After the Near Death OPEN SPACE last week **** - I returned from 4 days ECO - VILLAGES: *****
Welcome to the ZEGG Community! - Intentional Community ...

It was like a friends & family reunion - what days and nights !! at GEN 2014

I missed most of 40 years GLOBETROTTERS **** but such is LIFE and I feel anyway ecovillages have more at

Quellen und vertiefendes Material finden Sie unter folgendem Link:

we are preparing for LEONARDO 3.4.5. - so check next week - negligence and ignorance in view of the challanges and dilemmas we face since long... [link]  More >

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Attending the German Network for NAHTODERFAHRUNG NEAR DEATH STUDIES part of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR DEATH STUDIES. Top interesting also International presenters and workshops - and an Open Space we facilitate as Open-Forum [link] - Check the Netzwerk page.

A twin "celebration - jubilee" around a church and academy - 40 years near-death research - 10 years Network Near Death.
We are doing here only an event, an Open-Space - check the docu later and come back...

It's Sunday and we are again in a Church, for a "modified OPEN-SPACE" this time in Westfalia, you remember Westaphalian Peace ? Long time ago but needed as after the Medivial Ages.

All in German - sorry ! but maybe next time in Asilomar or at the Mondsee, Salzburg.? Meanwhile check IONS - AIZU (below) and this NEWCIV site.

What I share in sessions? Consciouisness Studies, The Cartographer of Consciousness Brian Hort in OMNI Mag 1980 - check chapter 4 and 5 of this proceedings: Metaphors, Life-Like Agents, Imitation & Embodiment, Analogies. Computation for Metaphors, Analogy and Agents: An International Workshop at University of Aizu, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Japan, 6-10 April 1998 My presentation had the title: Sharing and Changing Realities with Extra Degrees of Freedom of Movement

Participants are very concerned and somehow very special. With their experiences they are aware of different perspectives, speak about the personal, inner perspective, lets call it the normal experiential perspective, and the perspective from a "high stand" which is not embodied, but real. I feel at home, as this is somehow a "me" and "we" perspective and has positions connected to it ! - so we can communicate about it - share it - negotiate experiences and perceptions. I speak in work-out sessions and in the Lobby about the EYES and Positions and I feel many more people are getting me here, more than in any other community I saw in my travels. Anyone interested to gig deeper? TO SEE WITH OTHER EYES - translation not finalized yet !!

Some participants talk about HUGO KUECKELHAUS as a lot can be visited here at his "home" I also feel very much "at home" description and someone even saw the similarity in appearance between Beuys and Farah Lenser our Moderator, so this really like am appealing, haunted, whole and very special place, with a group of very dedicated, commited and warm, authentic people discussing <>NEAR DEATH Experiences and what you have taken in when returning from - What!? - Where? .... - all this in California in the 60th and 70th... well you get the story...  More >

 Avant-Garde POLITICIAN - Leaders for a New Epoche without EarthLiteracy!?
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Snailmail arrived after 6 weeks for getting from Jerusalem to Berlin - maybe swimming with some boat people !? - You see I am getting sarcastic today - as I remember our ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION Mediterranian Project Competition searching for crowd-seed funding: Mediterra

The new book from Yehezkel Dror !! what a great gift and great book ! and it is incredibly cheap ! I wonder why I waited for ships - planes - and snailmail

In this iconoclastic book, Dror argues that humanity cascades through a metamorphosis, driven mainly by science and technology. Radical human enhancement, synthesis of viruses, quasi-intelligent robots and molecular engineering illustrate the emerging quantum leap, as do value changes ranging between mass-killing fanaticisms to human “maturation.” Along with the windfall of opportunities for thriving that the emerging epoch offers, dangers of calamities, including the demise of humanity, require thinking in terms of raison d’humanité, a powerful Global Authority and new modes of human existence. Dror argues that a new approach to political leadership is the key to the future of humanity amidst these monumental changes. Our current political leaders are inadequate: new, avant-garde politicians are required to cope with the fateful challenges that lie ahead. Avant-Garde Politician offers a thorough overview of the changing human condition. The author proposes innovative human survival and thriving imperatives, a Global Humanity Constitutions establishing a decisive global regime, and some radical value changes – including the addition of duties to human rights. He also suggests novel approaches to composing humanity-craft, such as regulating science and technology. And specifies the qualities required from avant-garde politicians together with ways to acquire them. Based on multiple academic disciplines combined with extensive personal experience of the author in “hot corridors” of power worldwide, this book will be of interest to leaders, policy advisors, scholars, scientists, students, and all concerned about the future of humanity.

See the description by the publishers:
I received from Yehezkel as an appetizer which is close to my work and heart, Come back, but maybe check first check Chapter 9 to see some foundationals for me, I like best the story of HG WELLS obout the "COUNTRY OF THE BLIND"....

I wrote about this book and the issues around decision making, policy, governace in this blog below. Enjoy: An Avant-Garde Leader ? bridging Episodes&Epoches, Sectors&Scales, Mindsets ...  More >

 LEBBEUS WOODS. ON-LINE at ANCB - Aedes Network Campus Berlin
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A cooperation between Aedes Network Campus Berlin, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, and the Tchoban Foundation, Museum for Architectural Drawing, on the occasion of the exhibition opening Lebbeus Woods. ON-LINE.

Deeply moved !! I never heard before about Lebbeus Woods. Listening to the closing panel of his compagnions, scholars and former students was really moving. They subsumed and resonnated and in lived what they saw in him, a real raw-modal, an inspiring teacher and great artist, scholar, philosopher, architect, media and sysgtems "guru" who also seems to enjoyed he was teaching, tutoring, creating and performing. On the panel senior and achieved producers, scholars, tutors, architects, artists, what a great of very special "pupils" celebrating and remembering Lebbeus with a great exhibition. For me it all seemed to like meeting virtually another but also very different Alfred Schinz [link] whom I mentioned as my raw-model, the architect-artist of the exact and fine arts.

Being again with architects and artists after all this policy and environment the last days is really rewarding. Great participants and long talks till very late.... I stongly recommend to check out the programme, the exhibition, the panelists and the funding and performing organizations, movers and chakers.. Kristin Feireiss, Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin, Sergei Tchoban, Founder of the Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing, Mark Morris, Director of Exhibitions at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca/NY

and this film !! „Lebbeus Woods + Steven Holl: The Practice of Architecture“, by Michael Blackwood (53 min.) I asked if he was around Feyerabend and Schinz .... and a lot of dee delibarations and encounters around media, signs, architecture, arts, drawings and curating... "evolved", I could even talk about "my" supersigns and multi-modal approaches and superstructures/"model assemblages", and all the turns (linguistic, iconic, schematic, "modelic" TURNS and TURFS... [link]
THANK YOU - THIS WAS ELEVATING like a couple of birthday parties in the garden, with champaign & more ... I feel Lebbeus would have enjoyed it !!

more at: ANCB (Aedes Network Campus Berlin) and Aedes Architekturforum  More >


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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.

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