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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:

No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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 World Health Summit - Ebola @ & Global Challenges and Crisis/Crises?
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World Health Summit @WorldHealthSmt in Berlin, Oct 19-22 STREAM

I read on the wall in the Foreign Office Weltsaal: "Health is not everything, but without it everything is nothing witout health!"

Issues like Health, same as Environment or Security are central concerns for the international policy and management agenda. Same es economy, culture and education, security, finance, climate.... Just check the UN and its organisations.
The Secretary General of the WHO Mrs Brundtland, a Lady I really appreciated as being straightforward, was taking on the WHO after being the mother of Rio 1992 and being a Head of State and getting advise from very interesting bodies, like the ACGHR - Advisory Body on Global Health Research.
So how to structure and manage a UN-Organisation, have it funded approriately to face global epidemic dangers? This discussion has some learning for the drive, specially of countries like Germany to possiby establish a WEO World Environmental Organisation.

My first Point at this Summit: I will raise will be to look into Frames and Connections, Overlaps and ways to coordinate and check how we have the UN agencies have better Access and resources, but also better concert inside and outside, with sister organisations and the "rest": across scales, sectors, times, terminologies.

The Press Conference is soon and all is streamed,...  More >

 Net-Politics, Master Course, OnLine, UN-Democracy,... Barcelona & Birmingham
18 Oct 2014 @ 14:34
Yesterday and Today hectic and full days, important and critical days in my "worlds"... But such is Life here in Berlin and mentally already half in in Nagoya I can only hightlight some titles and links. Besides, we "pushed" another letter by the Commons Causcus to Heads of States for Nagoya !

1) THAT IS INTERNET POLITICS: Das ist Netzpolitik! 10 years critical approaches to the internet and human rights by top movers, shakers, and insiders. I really enjoyed seeing buddies for years from CCC, WSIS, newthinking, ... but alos very interesting new people. Important and critical event - check the sessions ! and Speakers:
Some presentations were thoughtful - others have to make us think how to overcome the nightmare of an Orwellian "Monster with 5 eyes",or Sasch Lobo and the "World as an Airport"

2) The Masterdays2014 [link] in Library Sciences in Potsdam, I came too late for Professor Kuhlen, and it is horrible anyway in days of train-traffic strikes in Germany. *****

3) On Sunday the Journalist organized by my press association have a day for online 2014 [link] I recall World Press Center ****

4) and now Global Governance 2.0 - Wie machen wir die Welt wieder regierbar?

I shared the new Book from Yehezkel Dror
Avant-Garde POLITICIAN - Leaders for a New Epoche without EarthLiteracy!? [link]
and informed about our Letter to Heads of States by the COMMONS Caucus and there about point 3 ans Stuctured Dialogic Design. Well let us see what is comming out of this.

5) AEDES [link] - Vernissage about Barcelona RE.SET. The Work of the Enric Miralles Foundation [link]
and the Birmingham Library - Impressive ! Die Bibliothek von Birmingham und andere Bauten für die Öffentlichkeit [link]

 Sustainability in Academia, Research and Education
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The National Advisory has an important symposium today and tomorrow in Berlin. The title: Bildungskonferenz: „Vom Piloten zum Standard: Nachhaltigkeit in Forschung, Lehre und Betrieb implementieren“ - Konferenz zu Nachhaltigkeit und Hochschulen des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung
free translation: From a pilot/example/blueprint towards a "standard". Education conference about Sustanability in Higher Education,Sustainability for Research, Teaching, Industry

NACHHALTIGKEITSRAT News Newsletter 'News Nachhaltigkeit': Unfortunately I can not find ane English website: On the website you find important news from the UN New York: Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) but I could not resist in the first section to mention the COMMON CAUCUS recommendations delivered in the UN systems 3 weeks ago not only to Letter to HofS and Ambassadors/signatories and the Secretary General
come back for more ....

 Entrepreneuship Summit Magic Roundtable: pitching & beyond/exanding beyond me&we
11 Oct 2014 @ 20:36
Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 #ksk14 I am just comming from the YOUTH AWARDS tonight - with lots of flags and great young ideas tackling old, big, deep questions... Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship !? A lot of big-mouth about serving or making profits, and if, for what. I confess I am a fan of this gathering of founders, inventors, enterpreneurs, funders and facilitators. We did over the last 3 years side events and I had friends like Marilyn Wilhelm to be inivited again and again over the years. Tomorrow - like last year - we facilitate our "Magic Roundtables" - see the video:Entrepreneurship Summit 2010: Farah Lenser & Heiner ... ► 2:12► It is in the OPEN SPACE venue at the Entrepreneuship Summit, where we gather at 11:00 am after the SPEED PITCHING to have these presenters exchange, respond and interact, listen, empower, co-create,... do something that "What really matters" WISDOM PAGES (PDF) see page 315-318 which links to "Orders, Frames, Cosmologies": and Sharing and Changing Realities and go beyond the "I" or "we" (COP - UNESCO Paris) and David Bohm Dialogues to a shared or common fabric we call in German Zusammenhang und Zusammenhalt I will not repeat my SPOONS and FEATHERS Phaenomenon / Principle or other papers over the years. See our handout at the Summi

 intergeo - AiF - Leibniz evening - Co:llaboratory: SMART COUNTRY
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yesterday and today.Top interesting events and symposia.
1) 20 years intergeo. [link] I could not resist to see whos is around and how the mapping and geo- industries developped over the last years. Having invested lots of efforts into a "marketplace for the Earth" - the geotechnica 23 years ago **** I still see some old faces... and this commumity is different or unique. They are aware of scales, levels, frames, thematic overleighs and neighborhoods, fidelity, geo-statistics,.... and many other means and approaches I use ad a "map and model-maker" but which are strange or at best unknown to most people in other fields.

Tell the story of grid and frames ...****

2) Next is the 60th anniversary of the AiF [link] is a unique research network for interactive research of mid-sized companies who partner typically with academic and industrial research. The moderation made very clear that this strong mid-sized, pragmatic research and cooperation is unique and has been very successful over the years.
I left after the OTTO VON GERICKE price award. 3 interesting projects were short-listed. 1) separation of heavy metals from waste-water, 2) mycological analysis to identify fungi in foods or grains in large scale, easy identification analysis 3) zink-coating for steel-structures FEUERVERZINKEN = hot-dip galvanizing in any concrete-steel reinforcement (armierung) in bridges or any such building structures. Given the 10.000 bridges to be renovated, having to be repaired with a life-time of 30 years, when the construction has a life-span of about 100 years, depending on the exposition....
I immediately thought about the constructions world-wide and that the Köhlbrandtbrücke KOEHLBRANDT-BRIDGE [link] over the ELBE in Hamburg was brought near to me. I was working during the construction of tunnel and bridge in the early 70ies and now I learn that the bridge has to be torn down, rebuilt !! A life-span of 40 not 100 years....
No wonder, this is the first prize given the scales, proportions scales and urgency involved... check her the video presenting the winner: YouTube: check Feuerverzinken: hot-dip galvanization

3) Last yesterday is the Leibniz Society assembling politics and Sciences at a parliamentary evening to discuss the Nature-Culture nexus. SCALES and Numbers are central central in the wonder... as we discuss bio-diversity now for decades and soon cultural-diversity is on the "table".

4.) Today, Thursday: SMART COUNTRY - The Internet & Society Co:llaboratory [link] is presenting its 10th Inititiative. results: [link] check #SmartCountry
see the project document in ENGLISH:

 Bonn Declaration - Unesco Decade - Sustainability Education
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Bonn is hosting again one of the milestones of Education for Sustainability events,[link] this time an array of events marking the end to 10 years of Celebrating projects and selfserving promotions. But how to make differences that matters. (see the conference outline under MORE)
Some very practical and even "wise" recommendations have been endorsed. I will add later some links and my afterthoughts of 10 years of "learning".

On the way back, returing from Bonn, pls. give me a break ... as I also need to report in German first !

see below some links and press releases for possible translation

ESD after 2014: follow-up activities to the UN Decade [link]

Draft of World Action Programme passed by UNESCO’s General Conference

During the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference from 5-20 November 2013 in Paris the member states have negotiated the draft for a World Action Programme "Education for Sustainable Development".
ESD in peer-review of international experts on sustainability

In their second report to the Federal Government of Germany, an international group of experts on sustainable development gives a progress review and suggests how to cope with future challenges.
Position Paper "Strategy for ESD 2015+"

In 2013, the German National Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development took a close look at possible follow-up activities to the UN Decade.
Federal government reports on ESD in Germany

During its meeting on 26 June 2013 the Federal government of Germany approved of the report on Education for Sustainable Development. Federal Minister of Education and Science Johanna Wanka presented the report in the Bundestag.
UNECE to continue cooperation with UNESCO on the subject of ESD

During it's eighth meeting on 21 and 22 March 2013 UNECE's Steering Committee on ESD discussed a strategy for the promotion of ESD beyond the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. mehr... Survey on ESD in the Federal Länder.

In 2012, the Standing conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) .....  More >

 FONA, UNESCO - DESD, and UN World-News
picture picture 24 Sep 2014 @ 21:40
Strange times...
We are gearing towards education for sustainability UNESCO - DESD next week in Bonn and we work towards this - the last 10 years - and now look in FONA 3 making it thrive the next years.
In paralell we gear since week for the UN Climate and GA sessions for the next years, and then we have BAN and OSAMA at UN-television....
I need to sleep ! Come back later - I have just shared our UN COMMONSE ALLIANCE LETTER widely: [link]

Also check FONA: [link]
I made a lot of notes about STIG STIGSON and his statement: There is NO GRAND DESIGN and legislators and administrators "muddle in the dark!" AND the personal introduction my our Sentor/Minister Prof. Johanna Wanka.

Check also what we did at FONA around FUTURE TOWNS - FUTURES DESIGN .... [MORE] !!!

And I attendet the SAUDI CULTURE week tonight - I feel we need to bridge the boundaries and speak - even after years of silence... No COMMUNICATION is very dangerous...

 AVAZZ >2 degrees?? - where, why, how, when, who to act/make a difference !
picture 21 Sep 2014 @ 16:01
Since a week I hear abour CLIMATE demonstrations in NYC and elsewhere around AVAZZ !! Where to act and get involved? With which founfation, positionm functions, focus, perspectives and prospects? [link]

Check the long view cultural development perspectives and conccerns below /yesterday around EDUCATION; PEACE; CULTUTRes and DEVELOPMENT [link]

But more ciritcal is where to get involved for what ! today and in futures to come... [link]

AND in which context and when!? - So I am thinking here about resources and timing, strategies and tactics to make dfferences that matter. I hope you like the "circle"...
See the "circle" and I hope we find time to negotiate ! scales and positons and perspectives, conretely and embodied, ... see blog entries below..

check also: [link] and more later as links seem to be broken....

MY CONCERN is to make a difference, wheere I can contibute most, sometimes in the streets, other times "hitting the streets" or the "web"..,

 VENRO & WUS - UNESCO & KMK towards Education for Sustainable Development
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Financially supported my the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) the Association of German Development Organisations (NGOs) VENRO publications:, organized by the World Univerity Service (WUS) is organizing a drafting and preparation event to discuss the state of the arts of education for sustainability and development and prepare an input paper for the last session in Germany to finalize the UN Decade for Sustainability in 2 weeks in Bonn, Germany.

I am registered as I will report for the German Association of Towns and Regions (DStGB) about the follow up process after the Decade and how to build on the achievents of this 10 years efforts. They speak about Transformation after the Term „Sustainable“ is omnipresent, used for everything without any meaning, Pörksen spoke about „Plastic“ words, politics is using for big gestures without shared content, concepts and context. Such „fashionable“ terms can be used if the have no referent, when they are not embodied and can not be negotiated form various perspectives and positions. I propose here again „Concept and Context Mapping“ and „Bridges and a Masterplan“.

Norbert Seitz is summing up Global Learning for Environment, Cultures, Development ... and citing big names from the history of the field of Education, Pardigms, Philosophy ... : Comenius, Alfred Treml, Polanyi, Toulmin, Marcel Hunecke, Paolo Freire, Reinhard Voss, ... this alone is a good justification to come to another gathering, and we now need to go after having a broader, global perspective by other speakers some 5 workshops, I sometimes call it entertainment in Kindergarten; Again presentations and sitting in small groups...

The Opening Presentation by Tobias Troll was also very good ! Congrats to invite him !! - BUT is there a base for his synthetic systemic outlook? based on a few interviews??
His craving for transformation and new paradigms is presented well, but there is no practical approach and just mentioning Transition Towns is not enough. I mentioned Georg Kuehlewind and Metaparadigms **** and there were great talks in the coffee break....

Seitz just said „there is no „masterplan, blueprint, model“  More >

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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 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.
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 to real issues.

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  • 2014-09-18
  • Wampum Beads & Big Data & IMAGINATION / DIALOG & kulturweit

  • 2014-09-12
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