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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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 Future Day & Festival of Ideas - UN - SDGs and ...
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too much today - join us and come back!

Millennium Projects FUTURE DAY is a must in my calendar now the 4th years. See earlier reports: [link]
This year there was little time to prepare, but one thing was outstanding for me. We tested how internet connections were while traveling. Jerome as "Nomad of the Air" flying back from Dubai to Washingon, and me as migrated "Nomad of the Track" (Flug und Zug). And it worked surprisingly well. Check the screens with video or just audio connections below ! and maybe get some insights on virtual conferencing [link] and what would be the ideal solution for future Future Days. Definitely we need experienced moderator who sit with all the control panels to "steer" participats and agendas, can mute and and ... In Conversation experiments we recently tested the ZOOM sysgtem which allows easy video-conferencing. We did Talking Communities for years. So check the link on Virtual Conferencing timeline above!
Check the website and come back!

Programm für das „Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development“ [link] @GLOBALFESTIDEAS #GFI4SD

check UN Radio: [link]

and this is the UN Radio "teaser": Gaming experts are joining representatives from government and the private sector as well as policy makers, activists and students for what's being billed as the world's first "playable" policy conference.
The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, taking place in Bonn, Germany, seeks to provoke new thinking for a better world.
Some 1,000 participants will be using a mobile app to collaborate on policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a hypothetical country.
The 17 SDGs aim to create a more just and equitable world by 2030, including an end to extreme poverty and quality education for all.  More >

 Anniversary blog. 500 quergeist entries: Pledging to go
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and the promise to add some video in the videos. maybe 1:30 ties to cover my thoughts, motivations, insights, ... maybe focused on
1) Youth&Education and on another channel
2) for the General Public. (media, policy, democracy, science, peace-making,
more channels !? - we will see

all will be about: Overview, Orientation, Trust, Identities, Futures, ...
how things connect in the deep and on a meta-higher levels across sectors

Today is in the television the theme of: TrumpGate - not Watergate.... interesting times.... high time to reach followers, others, and aliens.....
not only around the Berlinale....

So stay tuned....  More >

 NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA - Afrika - Afrique ... Third Future Forum:
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The Third Future Forum: [link] NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA "Neue Partnerschaft mit Afrika" [link] in the Federal Ministry of Cooperation and Development is a top notch event packed to one third with diplomatique delegations, the minister and international movers and shakers. [link]
Brochure (PDF): [link]

Note: it is "with" not "for" Africa !
See last years Video: I will try to include todays revording here: *****

The keynote by the former president of Germany Köhler is....  More >

 Al Jarreau - Udo Lindenberg, Uncle Pö, Eppendorf
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Unexpected - pasts are coming in....
Al Jarreau today and he was my stat in high times, days before I got married in Eppendorf - this is 41 years go ! - I can not believe -

Onkel was my evening outing, I lived a few blocks away at Alstefkrugchaussee - Haus Bauhütte - where we had Udo Lindenberg I had been able to arrange in our Studentshome Aula - so Jazz in the River Kassematten with Holger Paetow - and anch checking in who was new in town - was my "Night-Life". Check out this German Television I just found:

Udo Lindenberg I have covered elsewhere, even in this blog: [link]
but close to me those days were Swing and RYTHMS. I had been mesmerised by being invited to the MUSEUM OF NEGRO ART in Upper Harlem (NYC) and mingling with such bodies and spirits was really mesmerizing and exhilerating - but also leading as a next episode into family life. ...

Rushing - but maybe those days nearly 40 years ago where game-changing - at least in these early days...

 ECSA General Assembly 2017 - LandSense and **
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ECSA General Assembly 2017 - European Citizen Science Association

We are delighted to formally invite you to the ECSA General Assembly on January 24th – 25th 2017 in Vienna and Laxenburg. The annual General Assembly is ...

IIASA [link] will host the ECSA General Assembly. ECSA is a non-profit association set up to stimulate the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe. It draws from 200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond.

25 Jan 2017 - 27 Jan 2017

ECSA General Assembly 2017 and LandSense User Requirements Workshop
IIASA will host the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) General Assembly 2017 and the User Requirements and Enga... [More] [link]

On January 25th, 2017, IIASA will host the ECSA General Assembly. ECSA is a non-profit association set up to stimulate the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe. It draws from 200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond.

 G20 Agriculture Ministers' Declaration 2017
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After AGRICULTURE - FOOD - WATER the last days today was the kick-off of the G20 Germany series of events this year. Berlin, Foreign Office....

Stay tuned - busy days again with no "rest-Sunday" as we heard from the Minister ....

check: and [More]
BMEL - Homepage - G20 Agriculture Ministers' Declaration 2017 [;nn=309750_green];nn=309750Im Cache

G20 Agriculture Ministers' Declaration 2017 Date: 22.01.17. G20 Agriculture Ministers' Declaration 2017

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2017 – GFFA 2017 []

PICURES & IMPRESSIONS to follow..... :)  More >

 GREEN WEEK - WATER and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)
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Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) #GFFA


The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy.

The GFFA 2017 will be held on the subject: "Agriculture and Water –
Key to Feeding the World” in Berlin from 19 – 21 January 2017.

The most interesting so far was the session with the COMMISSION moderated by Meyer, OSCE ***** more to come ****

Later in the Foreign Office delegations from 83 countries gather, so you have not only 83 ministers but maybe 600 people n the Weltsaal in our Foreign Office....

In the afternoon we convene in the Telekom with an International Business Panel: Water, Food and Agriculture translated into 8 languages, as we have high level participants also for the G20 gathering tomorrow again in the Foreign Office.

more to come....

G20 AFRICA ++++

Media Delegates Diplomats Dialogues - Chatham House Rules ...
UN ECOSOC - DPI **** excurse


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 BIG or HIDDEN AGENDA !? What should be done !??
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Trump Book Warns of Obama’s ‘Government in Exile’ A book is hitting the street today, 30 Minutes ago and so premature ?!
I find this the most vicious blow [link] I came across since long.
A president in office having a "Government in Exile"?
I also just read the Gardian and I am getting out of my mind: Trump’s rhetoric: a triumph of inarticulacy

I only once really got involved into demonstration - when we did in Berlin the Monday Demonstrations for weeks against the War in Irak. I always felt I stick to by other sectors, or segment, where I hope I am better at. See Diagram by Cop MacDonald: TOWARDS WISDOM [link] and WHAT REALLY MATTERS: [link] But here Ignorance is not Bliss, it is mean and intentional! and self-serving at the same time.

I feel we have to dig here deeper ! as it is a sign of our "Our WORLDVIEW is too Flat" [link] as we presented in 1993 with the Futurists of the World" Demagoges and media can manoeuvre public opinion !
They use words and symbols, images and metaphors without any connection - and without stepping back for a bigger picture ! check Supersigns and Superstructures (if you still care about terms):

The problem centers around how our binary silo thinking of nominalists can deceit and this is what what I called 30 years ago "Visual Demagogy" but now it is "Media Demagogy" and we have to say "NO" see book Kultur der Verweigerung - das konstruktive Nein" [link] - and maybe it need other, modern times **** ZORNIGE ALTE MÄNNNER".

I will look here later into the Mindset of the NEW PENTAGON MAP - how people slit the world into frontiers and "they" draw "the Line" for "rule-set resetting": (Fig 14) and [link]

I am totally agitated - This is not the America I traveled 45 years ago and visited some times. I SAY NO !

What I mean about embodied, in context, multi-modal,.... and and .. a long story - Berhard Baars wrote 20 years ago about "Workplaces of the Mind" . I mention Models and General Model Theory,... maybe come back...


 PhilHarmony ! Elphie !!
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Today is the first day of my Life I would have loved to have a full-wall monitor to attend the opening of Elphie, The Hamburg Elb Philharmony ! - I would have went to Hamburg - but seating was limited...

The Citation "ZUM RAUM WIRD HIER DIE ZEIT" "time is embodied" i clear to all knowing my blog, but the failing and succeeding of this building was with me for a decade now ! I was doing engineering precision surveying in Hamburg for the Köhlbrandt Bridge and the Elbtunnel more than 40 years ago.....
Having my first professional life in construction - all this discussion on 10 x the original costs, foundations, and design and contractual issues were on my "radar" even more than the Stuttgart Main Railway Station which will be for us for years....

so Today is the official opening and this beside the public access and the facades [link] are a great symbol for this really breakthrough, hazardous exercise of elitist try to include the common people.

AND for me Elphie [link] has an elder in its lineage - The Berliner Philharmonie. Check its architect Hans Scharoun. I was to visit it as a vocational training student in the late 60ies, so you see I am "fixed" and dedicated to anything close to Philharmony ! [link]

Me ! I heard stories for years in the 70ies and 80ies from ALFRED SCHINZ [link] on the methods, learning, failings and breakthroughs in building the Philpharmie in Berlin. Alfred was the right hand of Scharoun and mentioning Hugo Häring like every week.
Later I was trying to get very close to Otto Schärli and translate maybe to fields sucha s Education: [link] and WIM WENDER [link] as he as an intweener has been presenting the SOUL of such buildings ! See the film with Robert Redford and others !! [link]

We hope to celebrate Alfred Schinz' 100th a the Technical University in Berlin in 2019.

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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!

Previous entries
  • Old and New Thinking ? for a Better World ! - GLocally !! and not flat !!

  • 2017-03-01
  • Future Day & Festival of Ideas - UN - SDGs and ...

  • 2017-02-16
  • Anniversary blog. 500 quergeist entries: Pledging to go
  • NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA - Afrika - Afrique ... Third Future Forum:

  • 2017-02-12
  • Al Jarreau - Udo Lindenberg, Uncle Pö, Eppendorf

  • 2017-01-25
  • ECSA General Assembly 2017 - LandSense and **

  • 2017-01-22
  • G20 Agriculture Ministers' Declaration 2017

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