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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:

Make your life an act of love.

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 Truth and Truthing
24 Aug 2016 @ 14:31
Flemming is good in asking perplexing, helpful and deep questions - in order to get to source or treasures ? - to explore the unasked... an never thought of !?

I am presently reading th chapter on TRUTH AND PERSPECTIVE (Kim Veltman) in NEW MEDIA REVISTED 20** and we not only had lots on augmented, merged, morphed, .. realities 20+ years ago... link ...
So what is truth without a clear position and perspective, unknown contexts, values, situations, assumptions and expectation....?

Margeaux was quoted with values out of context are meaningless, so are truths, ....

work in progress ...

 Open Island 2016 - Makers of Humanity
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Open Island 2016 - Makers of Humanity

very busy - having work fun
ASPECTE ON TOUR official ZDF television coverage:.

check also: [link] to make things happen - matters that matter - an have fund and build community. ASAP ISLAND (English). - JOY ART.


work in progress, see earlier youtubes from Open Island 2015

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 World Education Agenda - German UNESCO - ESD again
picture picture picture picture 12 Jul 2016 @ 02:31
Two days again Education for Sustainable Development. However the naming; Agenda, Decade, Learning,.... Future Learning with new Competences, Capacities, Skills,... we in Germany try to follow-up on the UNESCO Decade for Sustainable Development.
THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, so much learning was around, around Stockholm, AGENDA 21, Transfer, Club of Rome, ... but we seem to be reinventing wheels and avoid including some old learnings practives for the sake of "new thinking and learning".
But anyway, BRAVO for the exercise under the umbrella of the German UNESCO Commission.
Check Details - unfortunately little material in English at this point.

check education 2030: [link]

Same as the ESD projects for 10 years there are now awards by the Agenda orogramme: and

Lots to be said about the opening keynotes by a federal and regional minister, but let me start with out session about keynoted by Chuck Hopkins[q]=search&options[author1]=Charles%20Hopkins&options[sortspec]=date&options[submit]=Submit&options[numresults]=10&options[sortmethod]=0 and later doing a "fishbowl" to include the participants and move beyond lecturing.
Maybe I am tooo hypercritical - as it was actually a good and interesting session with the core international guests of the more local, German, exercise under the umbrella of the German UNESCO.
I am critical already on the top above as there were the efforts for the GRUNDSCHUL CONGRESS **** 20*** exactly at this place - doing not lectures and workgroups, but Open Spaces in "small" group sessions and more integration, summing-up,....
But maybe OPEN SPACES are more expensive as "open" does not mean "cheap" but facilitated with a lot of preparation...maybe check this Open-Space Worldmap moderators website: [link]

Second day again some presentations with collecting some questions....

waht I shared most? The Glocal and Global Studies

my recommendation here is:
Rainer ?? Mattar Global Action Plan blended learning...
Global Action Plan and their ecoteams rings a bell, check it out !! [link]
see also the banner below !

before was the overview presentation by: Jörg-Robert Schreiber
presenting the orientation frame for schools and English presentations and figures...

TRABI und Ferropolis [link]

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 OSCE - Peace Mediation - Germany 2016
picture picture picture picture 6 Jul 2016 @ 18:42
Today was a very important day in the Foreign Office: Summing up Peace Making Processes and looking into Multi-Track Diplomacy - Lessons Learned.

Phantastic Visualizers and a great conclusion by Almut Wieland-Karimi and Norbert Ropers. A tight high level programme good to see old and new faces and learn a lot !

this was the Keynote speech by Gernot Erler, Special Representative for the German OSCE Chairmanship [link]

Conference: The OSCE as Mediator. Instruments – Challenges – Potentials


On 6 July 2016, the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 will host a conference on peace mediation in Berlin. The conference is organized by the Federal Foreign Office and the Initiative Mediation Support Germany (IMSD).

Mediation as an important instrument of the OSCE within the conflict cycle has been developed and expanded over the last years. The conference intends to review different aspects of, and approaches to mediation, taking into consideration ongoing mediation efforts in the OSCE region.

The Chairmanship conference will bring together a wide range of experts from international organizations, think tanks, academia, civil society, as well as other institutions engaged in mediation activities and interested individuals from the policy side. check the Programme: [link] and docu with good posters and more comming soon & come back!

Role of the OSCE as mediator in focus at OSCE Chairmanship conference in Berlin

meanwhile maybe check: Mediation and dialogue facilitation [link]


 Petersberg Climate Dialogue VI: Agreements and realities ...
picture picture picture picture 4 Jul 2016 @ 09:22
Petersberg Climate Dialogue VI
"Making the Paris Agreement a reality" [link]
4 to 5 July 2016 in Berlin, Germany

again the central talks between the "summits" getting the parties into a circle. I like the format, feel that this is more F2F than all this U - GA where little dialogue and Q&As are possible, and definitely such a place, improving the formats could be really doing a difference.

We just had the opening presse conference and I will try to report, even when my focus is now towards 2030 and the UN High Level talks next week and ongoing....

So please come back ! and meanwhile check #bmub30

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks is hosting the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue together with the Moroccan foreign minister and incoming President of the next UN Climate Change Conference, Salaheddine Mezouar. Since 2010, the annual dialogue has provided the opportunity for countries to engage in an informal exchange of experiences on international climate policy.

This year, the meeting will be attended by representatives from 35 countries and is particularly significant. With the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement in December last year, the international community made a commitment to ambitious climate action measures so as to limit global warming to well below under 2 degrees Celsius in the long term. Extensive progress was also made on issues such as adaptation to the consequences of climate change and climate finance.

 Dialogue on Europe - Progressive Center Townhall Meetings
picture picture picture picture 29 Jun 2016 @ 08:22
Yesterday the theme was "rebuilding trust and redefining Europe in tough times"


After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon, Rome, Marseille and Madrid on was the kick of for the Berlin dialogues yesterday in the Foreign Office in Berlin. Once again representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges we are currently facing and exchanged ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe. Very timely after BREXIT ....

Interesting participants, I enjoyed meeting some old and new friends/people. But, I have some reservations about such "gatherings" with lots of words written on paper in workshops and many presentations ... but let us give this effort a chance. Times are challenging and the diversity of participants is very wide, so maybe we get some new approaches which can be put into action.

More later...

 OSCE Security Days & Citizens Futures Sharing and Making (only)?
picture picture 24 Jun 2016 @ 10:22
Times of Change --- Citizens in the Ministry and mayor International Players meet around the OSCE Security Days (2016): [link] and (2015): [link] in Berlin in times of Brexit.
Check German chairmanship and the 3 dimensions: [link] and the tweets: #secdays and this outline by the organizers: The OSCE region is facing a number of critical security challenges that are too complex for any one country or organization to tackle alone. European security is in crisis and there is a clear danger that new dividing lines are opening up in the OSCE area. The rapidly growing global insecurity adds additional risks and threats to regional security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. States, regional organizations and civil society actors are all searching for ways to reduce risks, remedy the confrontational relations and return to co-operation in Europe.

The event is co-organized by the OSCE, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FES: [link] and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. KAS: [link]

The OSCE title is very ambitious: "FROM CONFRONTATION TO CO-OPERATION" and the ytalk a lot about harmonization, shared policies, and common collaborative spaces...
I am very happy to have such events, as there the stakeholders from all "shores" are on the table. I am tired of all this "SIG" SPECIAL INTEREST GORUPS gatherings - and nobody dares to take on GIG - Global Interest Groups" perspectives.

One on the FES Podium spoke about an "Insecurity Day" and the hollow words and narratives.

The Level like with the CSCE long ago *** is on a high and open level, long periods for questions form the floor, which is already something - evn when the sessions are not taped and like in the old days the questions and responses - leading to discussions and clarifications - transcriped. So maybe we should look back for "conversation cultures" when we mention new social web and media.

I came out strong yesterday after the Citizens Dialogues in out Minitry of Education and Technology (BMBF) and a moment ago in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. And received some positive response - very awarding !!

After getting over family affairs the last months I decided to be a little more clear even when my topics are wide and deep !

COME BACK LATER and check the OSCE website and maybe join LIFE: [link]

I only joined the OSCE "NIGHT OWL" session late [link] as I was drawn into some exchanges at a Peoples Hearing in the German Ministry of Education and Technology (BMBF) about sharing and making. See: ZukunftsForum II: Tauschen, Teilen, Selbermachen I could not resist to add from the flour my "pitch" on sharing and gifting, and had not only applause, but many questions, requests and exchanges !! Here the central links on the "article in progress" since long: [link], now due for July 2016 on the difference on traditional and modern times as triggered by my work on "Magic Roundtables". [link]

So I continued with the OSCE today, and will invest some more time into the issues of positions, perspectives, views, boundaries, verbiage, mindsets, assumptions,....
I share this site about the FWC - UNDEF project: [link]  More >

 Blackout Planet - The Great Transformation and the Silent Media
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Again the Protestant Academy Schwanewerder is with BLACKOUT PLANET [link] hosting an important and interesting event.

check the programme and come back !
maybe check earlier Schwanewerder reports - and maybe check what happened with all these efforts...:


Blackout Planet
Die Große Transformation und das Schweigen der Medien

20. - 21. Juni 2016
10:00 - 13:00 Uhr
Ev. Bildungsstätte auf Schwanenwerder

Die Menschheit steht mit dem Anthropozän an der Schwelle zu einem neuen Erdzeitalter, das sie selbst herbeigeführt hat. Wissen und technische Fähigkeiten des Menschen haben eine Große Transformation des Planeten in Gang gesetzt, der den tief greifenden zivilisationsgeschichtlichen Einschnitten des Neolithikums und der Industrialisierung gleichkommt. Das Antlitz der Erde und ihr Zustand werden in einem nie dagewesenen Tempo verändert. Der Klimawandel und seine unabsehbaren Folgen ist nur das prominenteste Beispiel. Große Transformation meint aber auch den notwendigen Wandel zu einer Wirtschaft, die anderen Regeln als dem ständigen Wachstum des BIP und seines ökologischen Fußabdrucks folgt.

Themenschwerpunkt der Tagung ist der Wissenstransfer über die Große Transformation und ihre notwendigen Folgen, der Kommunikation zwischen Politik und Gesellschaft, die schwierige Rolle der Massenmedien, neue Kooperationen zwischen Medien und Zivilgesellschaft, um Transferthemen zu befördern. Die Schnittstelle zwischen wissenschaftlichem Transformationswissen und gesellschaftlichen Bewusstsein steht im Zentrum unserer Tagung. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei zwei Akteure als Change Agents: die Politik sowie die Medien als Plattform einer gesellschaftlichen Debatte über die Themen der Transformation. Ausgangspunkt ist der Befund, dass die Medien über die Große Transformation völlig inadäquat zu ihrer Bedeutung aktuell nur wenig berichten. Was ist der Grund für diesen Informations-Blackout zu Themen von planetarer Bedeutung? Wahrnehmungssperren bei den Journalisten? Filtermechanismen der Medienproduktion? Informationsabwehr bei Lesern und politischen Entscheidern?

Die Tagung nimmt neue Formate einer partizipativen gesellschaftlichen Informations- und Kommunikationskultur, die die Zwänge des bestehenden Mediensystems transzendiert und neue Formen des Austauschs zwischen Gesellschaft und Politik bereits praktisch erprobt, in den Blick. Die Große Transformation verlangt nach neuen Formen der gesellschaftlichen Kommunikation, mithin nach neuen Medien. Die Tagung will erörtern, welche Wege dorthin führen und aufzeigen, wer bereits erste Schritte gewagt hat.

Wir laden Sie herzlich zu den Vorträgen und Gesprächen auf Schwanenwerder ein.

Dr. Michael Hartmann, Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder, Haus der Zukunft, Berlin

Manfred Ronzheimer, Wissenschaftsjournalist, Berlin

Roland Zieschank, Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik, Freie Universität Berlin

 Digital Times and Cybernetics - urban design - almost ready for the people !?
picture picture picture picture 9 Jun 2016 @ 16:10
volkshochschulen digital revolution

Digital participation & learning for all!
The 14th German Adult Education conference will be held by the German Adult Education Association (DVV) on June 9th and 10th 2016 in the Berlin Congress Center (bcc). Under the motto “Digital particpation for all”, we have put together an ambitious program with a rich variety of content. The impact of digitalization on the education process, for example, will be discussed as well as socio-political questions such as the risk of a digital divide.

We are expecting 1.500 participants from adult education institutions, research institutes, from the world of business and politics CHECK websites like: [link] !!
and #vhstag

We are living in a time of revolution, the digital revolution. Digitalization is transforming all areas of social life and business activity ...
@EventsPOLITICO using #DigiRev
[link] see [link] and more below....


TU Berlin - almost ready for CYBERNETICS: STATE OF THE ART --- A Conscious City conference --- with Raul Espejo, Paul Pangaro, Raoul Bunschoten, Liss C Werner, Michael Hohl, Kristian Kloeckl, Christina Vagt, Arun Jain, Timothy Jachna, Omar Khan, Usman Haque.. ‪#‎cybernetics2016‬ ‪#‎TUB‬ ‪#‎cybersyn‬ ‪#‎BuckminsterFuller‬ ‪#‎GordonPask‬  More >


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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 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 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!

Previous entries
  • OSCE - Peace Mediation - Germany 2016

  • 2016-07-04
  • Petersberg Climate Dialogue VI: Agreements and realities ...

  • 2016-06-29
  • Dialogue on Europe - Progressive Center Townhall Meetings

  • 2016-06-24
  • OSCE Security Days & Citizens Futures Sharing and Making (only)?

  • 2016-06-21
  • Blackout Planet - The Great Transformation and the Silent Media

  • 2016-06-09
  • Digital Times and Cybernetics - urban design - almost ready for the people !?

  • 2016-06-05
  • World Ocean Day - Year of the Seas - Meere -Oceans - Humanitarian Summit ....

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