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 New Thinking about Global Challenges & the case of LUXOR vs ATHENS
picture picture 10 Oct 2011 @ 13:27, by Heiner Benking


This is really a top catalytic event not just focussing about the economic sector, but all sectors, all levels, and bridging time-frames. Just check out the organizers and papers. And maybe Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) which is very active and present here in Berlin. Maybe read "Evolution instead of Balance".

I noted in the opening session: '''Luxor vs Athens''' - A hot and timely topic for me as we are looking for example into "Harnessing the Collective Wisdom of the People" } (backgrounder) in the Institute of 21st Century Agoras. You see, opting for the Athens participatory, collaborative and disciplined, structured, dialogic design alternative. maybed Check : OPEN GOVERNMENT and Government 2.0 ! (PDF-German/some English) Maybe pls. also check: 21stCenturyAgora and a "backgrounder" jumppage.

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I heard in the sessions words like: "Learn to know what we do not know" - "Mind the Gaps in our Understanding". A good first step, but how concretely?? How do we link this to our modern ways to make politics and model futures, and cope with technologies and "cybercultures" ?? - Unisono at the conference awarding the Nobel Prize Winners for Economics of the day were not seen as a positive step in the right direction. SARGENT and SIMS. - will be detailed later !! as this is the central question of believe systems and how we are linked to reality, if we live in real-world or model/scenario worlds...
Maybe check for mor the FINANCIAL TIMES DEUTSCHLAND as distributed at the conference.

At the end of the second day: I realize that I have to revisit and synthezise all the above for the GLOBAL YOUTH CONFERENCE in Geneva next Monday - so please come back - in-between pls. check the GSDP-CONFERENCE website and there the new paper: GLOBAL SYSTEMS SCIENCE - An Emerging Research Field ... See?, System Sciences is getting fashionable these days....

Some interventions:
I took the liberty to request from the floor to combine OLD & NEW thinking, so to check and include work done even more than 20 and 40 years ago in research and thousands of years in human development, instead of reinventing wheels. Or I asked for embodied, pragmatic work to be to be added to and merged with the "New Think" into a new fabric and I mentioned ther "GLOBAL EMBODIED COVENAANT" and CONCEPTUAL SUPERSRUCTURES publications. My conncerns from the floor or in workshops where also about the use of the word "Crisis" in our daily life, in the media and politics and our campaign at UN-CSD15 to assemble resources around ECOSOC (Civil Society) to urge delegated to be bold and use the term "Crisis" at least in UN documents. They did not more than 5 years ago in the United Nations - but now we are flooded with this now omnipresent misuse of the Word "Crisis"... For bold delegates" hand-out in description.

, and our use of terms and metaphors not only in science, but also media and politics, and many short and long contributions, I will transcribe and include in my contribution next week in Geneva at GYC 2011. Lots more here later... maybe start in this blog with these articles:

Harnessing Wisdom & Concerting Shared Actions and Frames across Scales - IFA & kizuna - Water and Ecology - Global Youth Conference, March 2011 - Forests - Water - Health - Peace in Geneva.

This short hard-cover and prolonged online article with references and footnotes might be a good starter: Ignorance or Compassion? - Limits and potentials of human concepts, maps and models with regard to nature, the articles I cited most in the intensive breaks in-between and during workshops, before and after the conference: Vague subject areas, predictability and systems. (with Charles François, Encycplopedia of Systems and Cybernetics): Co-Laboratory dialogues, conversations, deliberations, and governance (2006) Dialogues and Conversations - Participation and Moderation/Mediation: Ways and Means towards Re-inventing Democracy and Good-Governance Dialogues and Conversations DIALOGUES & CONVERSATIONS"
With some of the participants we followed up on the need for Old&New and promised to help revist: when we were with Bishop Tutu looking into Africa beyond Powerty in 1995 !! ROBUST PATHS and OPTICS of ETHICS and the GRAND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH published in the US by NAS & NRC etc but seldom get looked up and connected ... . Like the Nairobi event, too often the most interesting symposia are not published, they are to early or to dangereous, or in-between above peoples head or imagination "turfs". Take the ICSU-CODATA-MIST 2005 as an example ! as I mentioned need for multi-modal supersigns/superstructures combinations, or this contribution at UNESCO in 1997: Positions and Identities in Global Contexts: Awareness of Self and Others with me, you, we, they and "others" models.

Finally I want to end with a positive recommendation: A collection of essays invited for the APLS - "Is Humanity Destined to Self-Destruct?" by Lynton K. Caldwell with co-authors like Herman Daly, ... My invited piece: "Show or Schau?"

While waiting maybe check what this event is about: ! excerpt from the official website): PLEASE CHECK THIS EFFORT TO BRIDGE REALIY; POLICY and how we share bridge science and policy, economy and ecology:

"The 21st century will be a period of unprecedented global challenges – instability of financial markets, global environmental change, large-scale demographic shifts, and more. The famous saying of Einstein’s – that we cannot solve problems with the thinking that generated them – is particularly relevant in the face of these challenges. There is an urgent need for new thinking about global systems, in particular about the main driving force of globalization: the world economy.

This conference is organised by the European research network Global Systems Dynamics & Policy, the Institute for Economic Thinking and Financial Times Deutschland to foster the transition from the thinking that generated the global challenges of our times to a new thinking that shall help decision makers and the wider public to cope with them.

Themes include:

* difficulties of coordinating economic policy worldwide,
* relation between inequality and globalization,
* a perspective of green growth,
* the role of demography, and
* a wide variety of methods to improve our understanding of global challenges.

The study of global systems can and must advance in a dialogue between the community of scholars investigating them and the wide variety of stakeholders involved in them. The conference will offer a major opportunity for such dialogue".

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