1 Jun 2007 @ 12:44
100 years UIA Union of International Associations, 30 years Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential and some new "developments" in Brussels around Anthony Judge.
We ask: Union of International Associations or Union of Intelligent or Intelligible Associations? Union of Intelligent or Intelligible.
- and what they have done 100 or 30 years ago, and what is up for the Futures to come? with dumb or intelligible beings. More >
25 May 2007 @ 13:34
The International Symposium Nature, Space and the Sacred: TRANSDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, an international, inaugural conference of the European Forum for the Study of Religion has brought together politicians and scholars from theology, architecture, geography, anthropology,... to discuss space and sacred spaces. My contribution was about metaphors & models for oikos & ecumene & ecodomy - spaces as fullness/emptyness/potential and tragic translation errors...
see powerpoints and links. More >
9 May 2007 @ 16:26
A SYMPOSION AND CO-LABORATORY to look back 30+ years with some movers at that time and grapple with the challenges of Humanity and Earth. We assembeled with Walter J. Bogan [link] to revisit Stockholm, The Club of Romes formative years, and critical tresholds for the environmental movement the last 35 years, and bring together old and new thinkers and movers. More >
3 Mar 2007 @ 21:55
The British proposed to discuss Climate Change in the UN Security Council. This piece will look into challenges of discussing all complex matters with political relevance in the Security Council, How about discussing Health, Water, Powerty,... there as well. But also about how the UN and World Community can keep track of all the matters and how they connect? Also the reform of UNEP should be revisited - TO BE CONTINUED. More >
1 Mar 2007 @ 19:25
This international double-year focusses on something very central for global environmental research ! This contribution wonders if the poles but also oceans are treaded fairly and adequately in Global Environmental Research, Management, and Policy. Pls. visit: Earth Literacy and come back! We covered already last week in the entry on the Size of Africa how important it is to have a fair and non-distorted view on the world. More >
24 Feb 2007 @ 21:29
Sorry the topic is soo dear to me and soo complex and important that I stopped writing - deleted and decided to come back to review stakeholder participation and Dialog and Decisison Culture and what it could mean to traditional and modern societies - ad for the European Community in trouble.... pls. see this and some articles on dialog, conversations, and futures....More >
23 Feb 2007 @ 17:36
2-D or 3-D is the central question not just for Google, but for our ways to communicate, maybe call it "flat" or "deep". At the bookfair UNESCO introduced with Google new developments for education. What that means and where the downsides are remains to be seen... This contribution explores also a cognitive deep-space or panorama. More >
22 Feb 2007 @ 15:23
There is mauch confusion in modern society about maps and models, truth and fidelity, plans and reality. With the opening question "How large and where is Africa" some central questions about comparability and coherence need to be answered, as we confuse scales, proportions consequences. This is dangerous in real life, but worth when we have to act on larger scales. This piece is about the Millennium Development Goals, and global Education and Economic Programmes, but also about numbers and scales. Recommended are theses sites: Earth Ignorance and Earth Cultural Imperialism. The central question is not only if Africa is on the map, but are the Oceans and the Poles or other regions like Europe fairly represented on the map.
Why? Because if there is not truth and equal-area relation be can get wrong pictures, wrong ideas, and maybe even wrong impressions about climate-change modelling or desertification - and how such living conditions are central to war and peace. More >
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.
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS PERSONAL BLOG an ARTISTIC and PERFORMATIVE MEDIA INTERVENTION !
The Log links 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. My favorite stories in the WHOLENESS SEMINAR include:
BELA BANATHY: "GENESIS
OF GENERAL SYSTEMS THEORY" and "IVAN HAVEL: Longing for Unified Knowledge" where a "specialist" runs into the founding session of the early foundations General Systems, mumbling "this is not my field" or where Ivan M. Havel expresses his search for other kinds of knowledge.
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 called me an in-betweener, go-getter, facilitator, hub, marvel-hero, trim-tab, bricoleur, bricoleers??? - career designeer, .... Some even "hank" which I disliked or Story which I liked very much !!
I have no single answer as I feel we need to walk the talk and sing and dance Life ! in spectra and fields in multiple embodied spaces.
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!