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picture 20 Dec 2016 @ 05:34, by Heiner Benking

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Thursday, December22 - an extract of this summary will be published in the ECSA Newsletter #3

Geneva Peace Platform: Objective Sciences International (OSI)

ECSA was invited to Objective Sciences International Symposium Series at the UN in Geneva (Dec 12-16) 2016

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you find an excerpt at the ECSA Newsletter [link]
of the full, even growing "story" at BenkingNews https://benkingnews.wordpress.com/

OLD VERSION

The GENEVA FORUM 2016, organized by Objectif Sciences International (OSI), a member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), took place at the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva. This represented the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 25 Anniversary of OSI. The Forum had a duration of five days and included four main conferences: Participatory Research and Citizen Science, Contributions and Challenges for Peace and Development for Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs (presentation by Pia Viviani and Heiner Benking), CrowdFunding and CrowdInnovation; Pedagogy, Travel and Tourism; and the Rights of Nature.

Over 400 people from 65 countries were registered, including 45 external speakers who gave presentations during the various conferences. The Forum provided a meeting opportunity for the members of OSI from all over the world and for engaging in dialog workshops.


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Thomas Egli and Heiner Benking


This year the 5th annual conference dedicated to the Rights of Nature had the highest attendance ever. Among the participants were representatives from the UN office of “Harmony with Nature” and the Geneva mission of Bolivia. In the closing session it was agreed to extend the duration of this conference from just one afternoon to two full days for 2017.

The three other conferences saw their début during the Forum this year. The symposium dedicated to CITIZEN SCIENCE counted with sixteen abstract presentations. For 2017 more presentations are expected, and therefore the symposium design will count with multiple slots. This symposium was co-chaired by Heiner Benking (ECSA Advisory Board Member). He and Pia Viviani (Stiftung Science et Cité) presented ECSA in this presentation: Contributions and Challenges for Peace and Development for Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs

Afterwards Heiner pitched the following exemplary best-practice cross-sector projects:

ABSTRACT #1 The BookBoXX - A civic vocational training, community building and cultural and media heritage project

SYNOPSIS and OUTLOOK after 16 pitches a 5 minutes

Including: ABSTRACT #2 THE WISDOM OF THE PEOPLE - RE-INVENTING DEMOCRACY across SCALES and VALUES/MINDSETS/PRIORITIES and ABSTRACT #3 Socio-Ecological Development-Funding & “SDG - Leveraging Solutions” Meaningful solutions that matter across scales, sectors and cultures/times. See there see “REEFS” exemplary Leverage Solutions project (PDF) publiahed in Mother Pelican: SDG WIN WIN WIN projects und poster presentation. Mentioned were also other activities in the context of ECOSOC. This included the World Peace Gardens and Holistic Tourism Education (IHTEC) which is also part of the work done in the Global Commons Alliance and the GlobalTrust.



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Poster presentation with Heiner Benking, Mohamed Elyes Kchouk, Gabriele Harrer-Puchner, Dr. Christa Muth


After the presentation phase, conversations experimented with the format of the SHARING SEEDS Magic Roundtables. This was a highlight as it was facilitated according to the principle of “sharing and gifting” in all symposia of the OSI week. In this methodology, embodied tokens help to condense and focus an immense wealth of inputs into rich round table discussions. The format can be considered as an Open-Space of 60 minutes, and includes a market-place and dynamic encouragements and qualitative focusing and harvesting. See the Resource Page for further reflections on igniting intense exchanges.

The number of participants and the depth and spirit of this series of events was encouraging. Furthermore, progress was made towards considering the methods required to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Overall, it amounted to a very interesting, productive, exhausting and intensive week at the United Nations in Geneva.

Side events:
A summary of the events of the week and an outlook for further events in Geneva in 2017 was presented to Cyril Ritchie, president of the John Knox International Reformed Center and Nicola Furey (YouTube video). The next EARTHDAY anniversary event is scheduled for March 20th 2017 in Geneva and takes place also around other UN centers around the globe. Here you can find a report of the EARTH DAY EQUINOX in the Ariana Park at the UN Headquarter in Geneva 2011, ringing the Japanese Shinagawa Peace Bell.

Another highlighted “side event” was an informal meetup with Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) at the opening of the exhibit "Geneve, sa gueule" by Sandrine Salerno, Conseillère administrative de la Ville de Genève. The exhibition highlights the diversity of the people in Geneva and is curated by, Ninian Hubert van Blijenburgh, Agenda 21 - Ville durable (A21). This attracted the participants of the OSI multi-symposia and delayed the schedule of the last day. Good facilitators learn to juggle with the unexpected to return to a planned events' agenda.

In summary: Thomas Egli, OSI president, kept the week as a bricoleur intuitively in good order as the event was designed well and open at the same time. Quite an experience and achievement… Quotes like “Surprise in Nature has to go hand-in-hand with Surprise in Groups” or “Tipping Points need appropriate Leverage Points” were shared and received some attention (free after Donella Meadows, Club of Rome).

For additional information check this Resource Page and this BenkingNews Newsletter.




STATUS Tuesday 6 AM
ECSA invited to Objective Science Internet Symposium Series at the UN in Geneva (Dec 12-16) 2016
The GENEVA FORUM 2016, organised by Objectif Sciences International, a member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), took place at the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Lasting a total of 5 days, including 4 different conferences as well as discussion sessions about the internal actions and workings of the NGO, it provided a meeting opportunity for the constituent members of OSI from all over the world. Over 400 people from 65 countries were registered for the forum, including 45 external speakers who each gave presentations during the various conferences. Interesting is the representation mix: France, UK, USA, Switzerland, Germany, China, India, …. stay tuned !
The topics of the annual international conferences were: Participatory Research and Citizen Science, included a presentation by Pia Viviani and Heiner Benking, CrowdFunding and CrowdInnovation; Pedagogy, Travel and Tourism; and the Rights of Nature.

This 5th annual recurrence of the conference dedicated to the Rights of Nature had the highest attendance yet including representatives from the UN office of “Harmony with Nature” and the Geneva mission of Bolivia. In the closing session it was jointly agreed to extend the duration from just one afternoon to two full days for 2017. The three other conferences saw their début during the Forum this year, sixteen abstract presentations in the CITIZEN SCIENCE section/symposium? also require some other conference design and formats with multiple slots and tracks in 2017.
Heiner Benking (ECSA Advisory Board Member) introduced in the CITIZEN SCIENCE section on Wednesday the following 3 exemplary projects: #1 BookboXX - #2 “Wisdom of the People…” - #3 SDG recommendations and projects as the REEFS project or the ECOSOC NGO IHTEC World Peace Gardens and Holistic Tourism activities since 1992 and so linking to other tracks during the week, and focussing also on broader and applied formal/informal and lifelong learning activities worldwide as covered by the Global Hand and the Global Commons Alliance or the GlobalTrust as an example of the endless number of un-coordinated activities worldwide.


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Poster presentation with HEINER - MOHAMMED - GABRIELE - CHRISTA
Beside 16 pitches - each 5 minutes - it was necessary to add 2 further abstracts as part of a “synopsis” after the presentation phase and leading towards the Magic Roundtable format-experiment” section”, See Seeds and other ways to condense and focus an immense wealth of inputs into rich roundtable discussions, See the handout and further reflections on sharing and gifting and igniting intense exchanges in what could be considered an Open-Space in 60 minutes including market-place and dynamic encouragements and qualitative harvesting.
was including these abstracts which due to time-constraints looked into order-structures and needs for deep conversations and negotiations, deliberations and more comprehensive and pragmatic approaches. See the Resource Page.
The number of participants and the depth and spirit of this series of events was encouraging and received a higher level of attendance compared with that of the very first Rights of Nature conference, 5 years ago. Furthermore, progress was made towards defining SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and considering the methods required to achieve those goals. Overall, it amounted to a very interesting, productive, exhausting and intensive week at the United Nations in Geneva.

Side events:
Summing up the week and providing an outlook for further events in Geneva in 2017 was discussed after a presentation to the president of the John Knox International Reformed Center Cyril Ritchie, president of the John Knox International Reformed Center Cyril Ritchie. (YouTube 19 minutes)

Another highlighted “side event” was an informal meetup with the DG of the UN in Geneva during a vernissage and kick-off of the Geneva Project as opened by Mrs ****** and other UN staff and coworkers/visitors in the Delegates Cafeteria ****** LINK *** which also attracted the participants of the OSI multi-symposia and “screwed-up” the schedule of the last day, as is typical for any event and agenda. Facilitators are used to that. In a nutshell: The OSI president Thomas Egli kept the week as a bricoleur intuitively and also well conceptualized beforehand under control and as scheduled ! Quite an experience and achievement… The quote: “Surprise in Nature has to go hand-in-hand” with Surprise in Groups” as obviously “Tipping Points need appropriate Leverage Points” received some attention (free after Donella Maedows, Club of Rome).
DG Mueller - *** and *** at the Geneva **** !!!



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SOLEDAD this in a FRAMED BOX !? to highlight selected 2 mayor/central symposia themes:
Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference Dec 14, United Nations -
High Level Workshop
Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development - Annual International Conference Dec 15, United Nations
5th International Annual Conference in United Nations
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All four of the conferences were well attended and well received. DELETE !! *****


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PLEASE ADD ABSTRACTs #1-#2#3 and Opening URL & VIDEO !?? ***********
A central element of the series of events was the format of sharing Seeds and and walking the talk with the Magic Roundtable format introduced for the intense subgroup work-netting roundtables ***** LINK NEEDED from RESOURCE PAGE !! - CLEA !!!

PICTURE MRT and life session **** PICTURE Seeds/Beans
PICTURE Token collection “Seeds” **** SHARING SEEDS !! (mit Rechen) !!! noting sharing & gifting [forthcoming]


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