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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:

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." (Anais Nin)

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 Dialogue on Europe - Progressive Center Townhall Meetings
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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
picture picture picture 21 Jun 2016 @ 09:11
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 >

 World Ocean Day - Year of the Seas - Meere -Oceans - Humanitarian Summit ....
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The last days, the Environment Days with our Federal President Gauck, who is not ready for another term !! the World Ocean Day [link] and the Year of Marine Sciences - Jahr der Meere 2016 * 2017 - see pictures ! in the BMBF
check also:
and [link]
we have been guests in Bremen Representations - an honor and a bar - like on a boat !!

Lots about the "in-between" and bundaries, scales, proportions, consequences,... in the Parliament, Bellevue Foundations and Residencies....

exhausted not only after the Nachhaltigkeitsrat and the German Habitat, lots is common but seperated in our minds....

I hope to find some time to add here some essence and "juice" soon...
I ws "sticking my neck out" at HABITAT, SEAS, and Bellevue,... well I ffel it is time to step back, view from a distance, see the bigger picture, and speak out ! - let us go !!

Here is more on the HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

but let me try a synopsis...

 German HABITAT FORUM - Urban Solutions for HABITAT III
picture picture 1 Jun 2016 @ 12:15
German Habitat Forum [link]
Our Development Minister Gerd Müller - who was also yesterday at the Sustainability Council annual event [link] just mentioned that towns and regions - urban and rural - (pagan?) have to work together hand in hand - this seems to be often forgotten. the SRU has published yesterday some recommendations - taylord also for the HABITAT event today: [link]

We have exhibitions here for SMART CITIES - but I really see no new solutions - which go to the roots !!

He mentions ***** check: ****** Gerda Kauri ...? need for new paradigms and the question of infrastructure, building materials, .... He is right, like yesterday, but aren't this realizations not old !? very old !? He urges for new solutions, but this quest I have heard in town-planning and regional development in the mid 70ies, and early 90ies again in China - so clear - so obvious - so appealing and desperate - but what has been achieved... ? I am getting very concerned - more and more - each day - even when working on all these positive difference making that matters...

See also the new TOWN study of out The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) - Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities: [link]
There was also a "side-event" in the German Parliament by the Nachhaltigkeitsrat about commitments by MDBs for "their" SDG - Well timed by both Advisory Councils N and WBGU - congrats to both offices.
See also other WBGU reports ...  More >

 Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris”
picture 24 May 2016 @ 09:30
2 rich days again on transformation and climate research. Very special elders from the US speaking and active young researchers struggling with the challenges after the Paris Climate outcomes.

I enjoy meeting old friends and good researchers and activists and take in this very special academic talk. Check the links !
2016 Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate [link] and DIE-GDI: [link]
see also [link] FU-Berlin: [link]

The talk of our 2 days a lot about transformation and multi-level governance.
I show around the new book from Yehezkel Dror: Avant Garde Plolitician - Leaders for a New Epoche and the forthcomming book on Glocal Studies The Glocal and Global Studies, GLOCALIZATIONS 2015, Victor Roudometof (2015), Taylor & Francis 2015, doi:10.1080/14747731.2015.1016293, (see also:
and realise they can only work in their slot or box. The positive thing: They are increasingly aware about it. But is this enough??
I share a little about my Cognitive Superstructure and about Supersigns and Superstructures. Maybe someone is interested: [link]

As the title sets forwards - the conference is about research for climate policy &governance, little about how to transformations going. Only the dinner speach by Jenniger MOrgan (Greenpeace) and the SEMI-PLENARY IV, Chair Imme Scholz , DIE go beyond this narrow focus. Imme is adressing the 2030 AGENDA and I had mentioned on the first day from the floor that we need Leverage Projects and Solutions. [link] presenting possibilities for cross-sector, pragmatic and workable project across various SDG goals: (work in progress) [link]

picture picture 21 May 2016 @ 08:10
Day III of our ECSA gathering and symposium. Really well designed and deep, and hte weather is great !
I see that the event is science, geo, and museum based, and leaves ample space for adressing multi-lingual, multi-cultural, library, and more policy and governace related issues.
Great experts, but the the THINK CAMP and FEST Starts. So better let me take a break and go to GLEISDREIECK.

Before we still 4 thrilling tracks, check the programme ! [link]
and the twitter tweets.
more? check this updated report website:

 CITIZEN SCIENCE to Harness the Collective Wisdom of the People !! ?
picture picture picture 20 May 2016 @ 08:04
Again a day with activists and researchers at ECSA. The event is very well organized and fully packed with content and news. Check the full 3 day event in Berlin.

I am here to

* input our outcomes from the CAPS2016 - maybe a pre-side-event to ECSA
* represent OSI, a member of ECSA, and invite some interested to the OSI Geneva Platform event in the UNITED NATIONS venues in December 12-16, 2016
* sum-up participation and facilitation efforts globally in the field of event-design, and traditional and modern-advanced deliberation, peacemaking, and multi-track diplomacy efforts. [link]
* reflect on the scene, formats, frames, and its challenges and futures.
also including the CAPS efforts *****

So please stay tuned ! The THINK CAMP is only tomorrow !! while check the ECSA community:

After introducing the CAPS poster yesterday, this day is dedicated to OSI and how to connect all these diverse efforts on different levels and using different terms ! The old challnge we already faced with UNEP-HEM on harmonization in the 80ies and early 90ies....
maybe check: [link] and the ICSU - CODATA 92 in Beijing [link] & [link] - and Rio 92 sumnming up in Melbourne. Proposing a Conceptual Superstructure on behalf of Noel Brown. [link]
I recommed to check out more recent ICSU_CODATA contributions:

OSI Objectif Sciences International [link] also check Facebook: and some videos in some languages !! interestingly taking 80 - 120 seconds for the same content !! or:
maybe also see the OSI Germany site evolving:

and last not least yesterdays blogs and my Twitter Tweets: "chirps" ? #HeinerBenking
or check my LinkedIn site: and Facebook site:

I FEEL YOU SHOULD THE GREAT PROGRAME AND DOCUMENTATION: htp:// and this CS site: [link] and follow the tweets ! of [link]


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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!

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