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Welcome to the NewsLog or Blog of Heiner Benking. A kaleidoscope of insights and impulses collected first in the DaZiBao (Rio) process Seeds of Change Viewsletter of the Club of Budapest since 1995, continually updated ever since. Now available for broader distribution and comments in this blog - 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 **

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 CyberSecurity - 5. Potsdamer Konferenz für Nationale CyberSicherheit
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CyberSecurity description is the topic today and tomorrow at the HPI - Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik.

High level of tech-savy insiders looking into a new area "without boundaries" - the cyberspace and impacts for our individual and national security designs.
The discussion ranges from election-fare to security architectures, social web and filter-bubbles, echo chambers. Check the programme and come back.
Unfortunately there is no English website, quite symptomatic if you see the times and the subject.

I reported in this blog from HPI in 2011 Design Thinking, Structured Dialogic Design Dialogues, ... La Méthode 3.0 ? and 2016: dwerft: linked film & tv services at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam. enjoy:
Always top events here in Potsdam - so stay tuned till Friday afternoon.

and come back !
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 Worlds and Futures without Hunger and beyond Poverty !? some learnings??
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FUTURES BEYOND POVERTY and Robust Paths to Global Stability.... - AFRICA, Nairobi, 1995
check: Researchgate
Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, Publisher: Institute of Theology and Ecology - Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), Editors: Lucas A. Andrianos and Jan-Willem Sneep and Guillermo Kerber, pp.175-187 Maybe also see Robust Paths: [link]

Parts from the Nairobi event 1995 where only published 17 years later: I recommend: Council of Churches, Chania Orthodox Academy...
description maybe also check: [link]
and CONNECTING DOTS and SPACES: as published in MOTHER PELICAN - Journal for Solidarity and Sustainability. Connecting DOTS and SPACES and IGNORANCE OR COMPASSION!? as published in: Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics, Studies in Religion and the Environment or here: description International Conference on Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics - ECOTHEE Orthodox Academy of Crete, 2-6 June, 2008

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 ONE World No Hunger - Future of the Rural World !?
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After the Cities now the Rural World is "on air" for 2 days in Berlin in the context of the G20 Future of the Rural World with the focus on Innovation, Youth, Employment.

After the ministers 5 young people are on stage, telling their stories.
Organising farmers - Shaping policies, Paulina Selepe, Lesotho - Making a home a home - Krishnakumar Govindasamy, India - Changing agriculture with ICT, Modeste Dayato, Benin - Mobilising young people, Julia Wäger, Germany - "Live your dream" - training for rural entrepreneurs, Mali
they are convinced they a solution: adapting education, empowerment and participation, capacity building, micro finance, ... in their Rural Future Lab with 130 youth participants - telling that they can not do it alone - but together !

We are presently with Klaus Töpfer at the CHARTER FORUM 4 "Sustainable landscapes and climate resilience" - check my tweet and others at #RuralFuture and: and the Other working sessions, and their outcomes togeter with the collected recommendations for the BERLIN CHARTER. See the final document to be presented tonight: [link] This is the finally presented Berlin Charter: [link]

The Drafter in our session is: ****
I discussed with him later landscapes-seascapes - without time for culture- and mind-scapes....Discussion since 20+ years .. but nobody is "In charge" - see "not my field" ... in the right column of this blog !  More >

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 A kaleidoscope of the world !? - Living with/in Wunderkammern (Maps&Models) ?
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Last night was late at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss !
Too many participants could not join - so all is available online soon ! check the web for todays KALEIDOSCOPE event and the video recordings. THE HUMBOLDT FORUM the international experts. Most rewarding was for me meeting Jyotindra Jain. We exchanged about the TAGORE EINSTEIN COUNCIL We will meet soon.

I asked my "standard" questions:
1) To you know this person in the middle (with the Humboldts, Fichte, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Hufeland) around?
2) Which Formats might help to involve "The People" and come to civilized and informed conversations, dialogues, encounters, .....
3) How to combine "Wunder- / Kunstkammern"? or scaffoldings/models.

and shared some clues towards finding answers and and start not only constructions of the "NEW CASTLE" but build shared negotiation and deliberation ways, means, and ends.

I have promised - please check:
"WELTSICHT DER BRÜDER" "Humboldts Approach" and Carl Ritter in the "middle":
Wunderkammern or use other terms like Supersign and Superstructure: or Cognitive Panorama and terms like Maps & Models [link], with this bogs query or in my "homepage-universe":

This is what I gave Neil MacGregor about the OPEN-FORUM and Magic Roundtables:
[link] or check: OPEN FORUM and 21stCenturyAgora's Wisdom of the People.... and how it is now of UN Democracy Funds projects and my profile. I recommend: Alexander von Humboldt Institute of Internet and Society: Learnings from Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Ritter towards the Grand Global Modern Communication Challenges.

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 Planetary Boundaries - and Goals?
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The conference has a really broad scope, check:
In order for the planetary boundaries concept to assume a guiding role in such a transformation, important questions need to be addressed: How can we further improve the scientific justification of the internationally recognised concept? How can we apply the concept to national environmental and sustainability policies and policy-making? Which opportunities provided by the concept arise for technical, economical and social innovations, for corporate risk and corporate environmental management, for environmental education and communication? This international conference will address these aspects. Its goal is to bring together central actors of a sustainability transformation to generate an agenda for the concept’s further application in academia, for governments, the private sector, civil society and media.

Two very intense days - with an important "side-event" the last afternoon:
Planetary Boundaries and the Financial Sector.

I mentioned linking GOALS and BOUNDARIES and some interesting exchanges evolved after my statement/question from the floor .... [come back] maybe meanwhile check the mentioned "Cyber-systemic Governance" event with the "system scientists of the world" in the Castle Herrenhausen in 2015
and also our COMMONS ALLIANCE (ECOSOC) SDG letter to UN-Heads of States last year and this "Blindspoting": description and article: The Millennium Project: GLOBAL CHALLENGES to Humanity here in this publication: and see also: and the terms leverage projects and leverage solutions. Maybe check this footnote: [16] Exemplary projects for such winning, overarching solution include projects linking the following sectors: Terra Preta/Biochar, Ecology, Development, Ecology, Housing and Agriculture, … ReefFormers: Oceans, Food, Health, Work, Infrastructure, Agriculture, … Ecologic Housing and Cooking, Health, Gardening, Mangroves and Forrest protection, Habitat Preservation. Examples should grow into “living collection of BLUE-GREEN solution.  More >

 Switching [to the] FutureS !?? - The GERMAN ENERGIEWENDE
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Indeed exploring the WENDE - or NOTHALSE !?? - keeps me trucking !
I learned by now that the exhibition was in SOUTH AFRICA, CHINA, INDIA,... but never presented in Germany !!
Here the brochure from South Africa ! - and the introduction of our New Minister of Foreign Affairs: SIGMAR GABRIEL

Check out how the exhibition was first presented in SOUTH AFRICA:
later in China, India,... elswhere and now with the GREEN SOFA first time in Germany PDF:

and come back ! as I mentioned the missing date: May 1990, German Chancellery - GLOBAL CHANGE - CHALLENGES TO SCIENCE AND POLITICS: [link] and LOCAL AND GLOBAL CHANGE, geotechnica Cologne, 1991: [link]

I feel some critical times between 1988 and 1991 have somehow got lost ! The question is why! Was it that the Wall came down? That politics was too busy t accomodate the Disruption!? Where there also negative effects of such rapid political change? Did we really "own", understand, and preserve it? Or did we ignore the gift of surprise? Did we MoveOn to the NEW THINKING !? of Mikhail Gorbachev? Or did we got stuck? Why? Did we really celebrate and sherished the new chanced and modes of thinking and being?

Why have the supporting work in the German Chancellery, supported with a wide array of partnerships, not acknowledged and remembered? Is it all "accident" that the National Secretariat for Global Change has been closed ? and only years later the WBGU and NRE established?

I am somehow emotional touched. It is not only that a milestone (in my eyes) - as a public touring exhibition has been forgotten? or have there been influences of "contrarians" caused a basic, maybe to early and a too basic step? bending our mind-bugs and mind-boogles? WARFIELD *****

rushing more sooon !  More >

 The GERMAN ENERGIEWENDE [exhibition] and TRANSITION side-events
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The Exhibition ENERGIEWENDE is still on my mind - but also the BBAW event on the SDGs, Higher Education, Science, Alliances and Partnership is still "on" - also tomorrow.

The exhibition is located where around the GREEN SOFA where Minister Gabriel and Zypries opened the Transition days. The exhibition part is gigantic, much larger than the years before, and I wrote already: nearly 100 delegations and 1500 participants.

more to come ...

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Today at 11:30 AM was again a very special time, we celebrated like for 20 years EARTH DAY, the ORIGINAL Earth Day at Equinox, the Spring Earth Day.
You wonder why I am so detailed? Well because there was later an April Earth Day founded in California..... It had much more marketing and media buzz, or the traditions since aeons did not get heard...

Anyway this year I had to cancel the preparations for Earth Day at the UN in Geneva, as I am committed to be in Berlin, not even joining Franz Nahrada with whom I attended his celebrations over the last 20 years - sometimes even meeting up with Franz and John McConnell ( the founder of Earth Day ).

Here is a report of how we celebrated in Geneva some years ago - with a lot of details and with great support from the Japanese... [link] or check [link]

Please follow the Video recording from Franz, the websites and resource pages. Franz is celebrating at the UN in Vienna now since more than 20 years and there are a lot of stories to be told, insightful books have been written.
Maybe start with the Vienna lineage here:


I am today not only on the Green Sofa in our Foreign Office checking out the global ENERGY TRANSITION,

Today there are about 1500 high calibre participants and delegations. It looks like finally after I can say nearly 30 years - central questions come-up again or finally reach broader interest....
Presently the FUTURES session in the EUROPE SAAL is "on" - and now on Tuesday the final sessions
goto: #betd2017 @greensofa_betd

All the topics and sections are of much interest to be and I seem to have a deja-vue every hour looking at "out" GLOBAL CHANGE - CHALLENGES IN SCIENCE AND POLITICS we opened nearly 27 years ago... [link] May30th, 1990 in Bonn
One Reason: There is an Exhibition - only for the delegations and the media called "THE GERMAN ENERGIEWENDE" - The exhibition looks like "they forgot to remove it"! - but I do not want to be nasty and hypercritical. When looking at it I feel I need to investigate, a NEW BROCHURE with the new MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel, a top topic, but no press releases and no PDF ! I CC the cover... BECAUSE !! I feel the exhibnitions is top and ajour - but missing some critical milestones of GERMANYs way towards the ENERGIEWENDE !!! I try to cover/include/investigate later !!

I presently listen to Energy Efficient Buildings and the Decarbonization of Transport....

See below SDGs in Higher Education, Science and New Alliances [More]  More >

 Old and New Thinking ? for a Better World ! - GLocally !! and not flat !!
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UN Bonn SDG gathering is now in its third and last day. Dense and Intense but also exhausting - not just the dancing in on the boat...

First Global Festival of Ideas promotes new SDG thinking
UN Web TV UNITED NATIONS Live & On-demand
Live Stage: Andreas Damianou (UN Web TV) and other speakers at the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development (Bonn 2017) - Live Stage [link] and Christina Gallach (UN-DPI) [link]
But maybe also: NEWS AND MEDIA: UN RADIO [link]

Soooo many different issues are "in the air" for me so I feel I need to structure and document in a concise matter - maybe it should be a Primer as 40 years - 100 years old and endless new Thinking do not fit in a nutshell.

So maybe I should start with some think and act blocks videos and stories from this weekend onwards...  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. My favorite stories in the WHOLENESS SEMINAR include:
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!

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  • NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA - Afrika - Afrique ... Third Future Forum:

  • 2017-02-12
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