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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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 Club Affairs - The Club of Rome and the Club of Budapest. What next ??
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Unhappy, sad and sobering. I am in the wrong place this weekend. I had prepared for weeks - by revisiting Club of Rome buddies 3 week ago in Berlin and checking how GA get organized these The Club Of Budapest: Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Manifesto. Maybe read "VIEWSLETTERs" from those days 20 years ago and the SEEDS OF CHANGE:
Maybe it is my naïveté to hope that that a group of dedicated people - as it was in the beginnings of the Club of Rome in the late 60ies could make all the difference. Maybe the wrong people and times? or the design of a "Club"? I wonder...
Anyway I was about to show by Boarding Pass at the airport in Berlin yester-/yesterday - and had a calling to forget about the airplane and this weekends "celebration-parties"
see below [More] the outline and invitation: and the STREAM and VIDEOs:

For me the story is what happened with the bold intentions of the founders of the Club of Rome, why was the Methodenstreit May30th, 1970 and many up-down "bifurcations" never revisited? maybe check 2 interviews with Alexander Christakis: and EUROPEsWORLD

Is the Design of such "Clubs" the wrong way to go? Or is it the "people" - the Egos - dreaming about their "filter-bubble" We-Space? or is it due to the times !? ANYWAY - I was life studying for my "degree" when all these discussions were up in the early 70ies, I had loved the founding papers of Ervin Laszlo called "The Club of Rome and the Club of Budapest", had even invested years into the CoB 20 years ago, have been visiting Club of Rome Gatherings like in the Smithonian in Washington in 1998, and had so much hope and dreams....

But maybe it is our ignorance and thinking only small. I always site a recall from the founding fathers of such "enterprises": here the General System Science early gathering when someone bangs into a session, and steps our murmuring: " ... That is not my field ..." enjoy the right column of this blog where I am puzzled about SIG and GIGS and GLOBAL INTERESTS GROUPS:
My favorite stories in the WHOLENESS SEMINAR include: check our WHOLENESS SEMINAR:
"BELA BANATHY: GENESIS OF GENERAL SYSTEMS THEORY" and "A Skeleton from the Closet") (Boulding Into one of the founding session of General Systems in ASILOMAR with the topic: "What can we do -- what can science -- do about improving the human condition?" bumps a visitor "specialist-academic" mumbling "this is not my field" when such great thinkers were having even earlier such "Saving the Planet" gatherings...
Also "Is Humanity Destined to Self-Destruct?" by Lynton Keith Caldwell [link] comes to mind - and havent been there collected some (now old)answers: see there Show or Schau?

I recall this "general" story and such publications as such great Clubs and Ideas with great aspirations meet with realities, assumptions, expectations, needs and greeds, ...
I will try to also look back 40 years (as I am tired of all this NewThink and MindBugs, so let us check-out not just the transformations from "think-tanks to "do-tanks" and where we have been and ended with these hundreds of such Manifestos - so stay tuned - and maybe check while waiting
the INQUIRY on LEARNING from the CLUB OF ROME we did in Herrenhausen Castle last year:
[PDF] The Open University: Systemic Inquiry: Governing the Anthropocene ...

Learnings from the Club of Rome ... Jul 31, 2015 - HERRENHAUSEN PALACE, HANNOVER GERMANY. 30TH - 31ST JULY ... Ray Ison, ISSS/Open University/Monash;. Introduction of the ... Limits to Growth. Speakers: Aleco Christakis and Heiner. Benking. Response by ...

The Opening Session starts in 3 hours ... Maybe we can all be "there": virtually/remotely stream"connected" nowadays !! SO STAY TUNED and read below [More]  More >

 Science Journalism - 30 years WPK - Leibniz Aniversary - T.REX and more...
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The Leibniz Society [link] and year was covered before [link]

Today we celebrate 30 years WPK and the history and need for quality science journalism. Leibniz-Podium " Quality or Quota " Qualität oder Quote?" and the 30. Jubiläum der Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz
[link] and

The WPK [link] is a "child" of Chernobyl 1986 - and so I was 30 years ago..., doing "radioactivity mapping" directly after and meeting all the movers and shakers... - but more later... as I feel there have been some untold learnings and insights - at least for me and maybe for others, how we communicate and share "truthings" and trust...

Here today in Berlin we have the Crème of science communication
meeting with the National State Secretary for Education, Science, Technology, ....: JOHANNA WANKA at the home of the LEIBNIZ science network. Her talk as a "keynote" I will cover here a.s.a.p. ...

besides. have you ever encounered T.REX Tristan Otto and his "evolution"/fate?: A good story and way to look "beyond" and multi-modal ..... Visit him!

But first maybe check the announcements:

its been a long night with Dinosaurs, the Parrot of Alexander von Humboldt, ... and our duties and service for science communication, or better communication in general...  More >

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 Falling Walls ? in a world of Gated Mind-sets? - BERLIN SCIENCE WEEK & EuroSoul
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Berlin Science Week – 1.–10. November 2016 []
The Berlin Science Week brings together excellent academics and their institutions from all over the world in Berlin. It is dedicated to the global exchange of ...

Last week was very exhausting. Now its Sunday night.
ECSA [link] event (2016). [link] : European Stakeholder Round Table on Citizen and DIY Science and RRI [link] and [link]

ECSA is organizing a European Stakeholder Round Table on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Good Practice from Citizen and DIY Science. The event is organized as part of the recently awarded EU Horizon 2020 project ´DITOs – Do It Together Science` and will be held on Tuesday 8th November 2016 in Berlin at the Museum für Naturkunde. check: [link]

* the Club of Rome gathering [link]
Lots of top events over 10 days and my TAB - died/had to go to repair. Despair !! on my side...
* Soul for Europe [link]
* Berliner Rede by Jean-Claude Junkers ****

I was 22/7 fully immersed and so my report has to follow !
but in times of the US election and the need of change in our politics, science, democracy,... I can not resist but promise to add here later.
I also did a TED proposal on falling walls and boundaries/mindsets *** and especially the ECSA events and talks with Club of Rome members have been most rewarding !


I have reported during the years ! I recommend in this blog: [link] and also this event with the Peace Nobels "BREAKING DOWN NEW WALLS": - where reflected: "New Science, New Language, New Thinking, .... ??" and there [link] - See also the TED+ proposal from 2012: [link] - but this perhaps too early or wrong place !!
Maybe see this picture around the Vision Summit (as sometimes a "FALLING WALLS hammer-EXPERTS" are needed!!: Have you got your "hammer" with you !?

You might also have problems reading my T-shirt. I had to edit "goods" into "gods":
"When Gods do not cross borders, Soldiers will". The shirt is promoting PEACE_LOVE_LIBERTY but it not only important to check "Who" is crossing - but also: "How", "Where",... and "Why" !! - how this basic question is central to what we call "systemic-cybernetical and holistic" as it was covered in the 2 last powerpoints here last year - and the central question for the Club of Rome-"besides-lobby" conversations. Folio 57-58: [link] where we also looked into "Does Can implies Ought"?? lets revisit John Warfield [link] and his "Groupthink and Clanthink and Spreadthink": [link] and our "Footprints-Handprints-Mindprints"

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Exciting and exhausting conference in the Federal Press facilities of the BPK Federal Press Conference.
„Formate des Poltischen 2016“ has 3 topic areas:

* Den Aufstieg populistischer Bewegungen und ihre Bedeutung für die politische Kommunikation
* Die Rolle von Geflüchteten und Migrant/innen als Akteure in Politik und Medien
* Die Bedeutung von Öffentlichkeit und Medien für die Außenpolitik

Unter folgendem Link finden Sie das vorläufige Programm: Programm Formate16


 Leibniz: Vision as Duty/Task/Mission & STATE Festival 2016
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2nd day of the of the Annual Academy theme 2015/16: Leibniz: Vision as Task and Mission maybe leading to action? I just cited "Can implies Ought"....

This is a continuation of the first day at the Science Academy: [link] and other entries at : [link] and definitely the Leibniz Herrenhausen Garden event revisiting the bifurcation of the Club of Rome in 1970: CYBER-SYSTEMIC GOVERNANCE: [link] and these interviews in EuropesWorld: and the second interview on Scale integration: [link]

Venue and abstract:
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (formerly the Prussian Academy of Sciences) is situated at Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of Berlin. With its interdisciplinary and international association of scholars and approximately 250 staff members, it is the largest non-universitarian research institute with a profile in the humanities in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg.

The building, which is today frequented by scholars from around the world, was originally built in 1902/03.

check the websites and forthcoming documentation and videos: [link]
but also more about STATE and FUTURIUM: [link]
ONE IS FOR CERTAIN: Berlin is crammed with events, festivals, parties, circus and parties omnipresent/all-over...

A summary will take me some time ! But definitely these 2 days were well spend.
Lots of food for thought, news and challenges. So it is about pragmatic exploration and necessary, definitely in the sense of Leibniz, Goethe and Einstein... but also Stachowiak I feel a name to be revisited in this special "holy" venue and ivory tower...
You can complain that the Technology and Arts Academies are not with us here, but this provides some spaces for further events, formats, concepts and conversation experiments....

In the evening the kick-off of the STATE festival night of Artificial Creativity On artistic artificial intelligence and the creative muse [link] FESTIVAL FOR OPEN SCIENCE, ART and SOCIETY Well done ! check something maybe the Festival organizers might be also interesting in: Augmented versus Artificial Intelligence and "knitting up".

It is still ongoing, so maybe come later and check also next week an interesting and outstanding and advances Festival with a unique spirit and program. [More later] I hear lots about AI Artificial Intelligence - But I feel the other meaning of Augmented Intelligence has been forgotten !! Maybe check the [More] links below and come back !  More >

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 10 years German cyber/net-security & 300 years Leibniz's innovation renaissance
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OUTSTANDING - this is special day today - our Minister of Interior at the BBAW and at German Telekom, in Berlin between Gendarmenmarkt and the FOREIGN OFFICE, 200 meters apart!
FIRST the Academy of Sciences BBAW with the end of the Leibniz year and SECOND the Telecom hosting 10 years Cyperculture Challenges and Citizen Fora.

Security and Innovation - a great mix - ongoing - come back !!

I will add here some notes and have to expand at the weekend ... SORRY  More >

 3rd Mediterranean Forum / Anna Lindh Foundation for Intercultural Dialog, Malta
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Mediterranean Forum 2016
Valletta, Malta, 23-25 October

The region's primary gathering for intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Time To AcT TogeTher


The Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation is the region’s largest civil society gathering and most influential event of its kind for intercultural dialogue. The Forum connects a unique regional network of practitioners, policy-makers, media and international donors, united to create together real and lasting change in the face of the region’s most pressing problems.

The Mediterranean Forum 2016 will address 10 strategic priorities:

1. #BeyondExtremism
2. #InterculturalCities
3. #RethinkingLearning
4. #ExchangePlus
5. #CreativeEnterprise
6. #MigrantsConnect
7. #YouthCan
8. #MediaDialogue
9. #WomenInAction
10. #ArtsAcrossBorders

Why? .....
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 OSCE - Promoting tolerance & diversity - or respect !?
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.@GER_OSCE Conference in Berlin explores ways to promote tolerance & diversity, calls for joint action in @OSCE area []

BERLIN, 20 October 2016 – Over 350 representatives of OSCE participating States, Asian and Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation, and civil society from the entire OSCE region, as well as international and regional actors, met in Berlin today at the invitation of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 to discuss ways to promote diversity, non-discrimination and tolerance against the backdrop of growing intolerance in our societies.

In his opening speech, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “How to promote tolerance and diversity, but also how to handle growing intolerance, are questions that concern all of us in the OSCE area – from Vancouver to Berlin and further to Vladivostok.” Steinmeier stressed that both in our societies and in international affairs tolerance should not be misunderstood as mere endurance or disinterest. “We need to make a special effort to communicate with people whose opinions we do not share. As OSCE participating States, it is right to call for tolerance between us. But at the same time, we must not tolerate actions and attitudes that compromise our common principles and threaten our common order.” Steinmeier underlined that it is only possible to promote tolerance and define its limits on the basis of firm principles.

What an opening:
Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra is THE example where diversity is put into practice day by day. Barenboim stressed that “music makes it possible to think, feel and express different thoughts and emotions simultaneously. Music never only cries or smiles, but makes both possible at once. It is a constant, simultaneous conversation between apparent opposites who can exist peacefully side by side in constant dialogue.”
Renan Demirkan said: “Democracy is discourse, freedom, a process, doubt, participation and solidarity.” Describing herself as a “committed cosmopolitan”, Demirkan expressed her conviction that there were no peaceful alternatives to open borders and the freedom of cultures.
I spoke long with Renan about 20 years ago and how our mindsets and focus have changed and how we get lost in noise and ignore our commons. She promised her speack which I will insert here a.s.a.p.
The whole OSCE exercise inks directly to the the Anna-Lindh-Foundation in Malta next week [link] We will see how tangible this central connection is made visible...

[More] below

See also the OSCE Security Days 4 month ago in Berlin.


 +ultra knowledge & design -GESTALTUNG / Eating the Planet / Hotseat
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what a day.
todays workshop and book release was really a step towards leapfroging ! maybe one of the The Leverage Points.

It is about IMAGE KNOWLEDGE GESTALTUNG as organised in the:
Berliner Festspiele - Martin-Gropius-Bau: +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung
Organizer Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung. ... Interdisziplinäres Labor Bild Wissen Gestaltung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

+ultra. knowledge & gestaltung
Gestaltung (design) is research, and research is Gestaltung. Using models, tools and images, the exhibition reveals the fundamental importance of creative processes for science and research for the first time. From the hand ax to the 3D-printed organ, from biomimetic materials to feeling prostheses, +ultra. knowledge & gestaltung presents the value of the insights and knowledge gained through the human transformations of nature, as well as their consequences. In a world, in which nature itself appears already shaped by human hand, the boundaries between nature and culture, organic and inorganic, matter and mind are increasingly eroding. Visitors can experience this tension as they explore expansive installations and witness images operations in which reality and simulation merge.

go for Martin-Gropius-Bau
+ultra. gestaltung schafft wissen
30. September 2016 bis 8. Januar 2017
Veranstalter: Exzellenzcluster "Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Ein Interdisziplinäres Labor" der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

and check out these comic-books: English:, Print
presented today: [link]

here an appetizer from the publisher:
Do we have the right recipes for the world of the future?Science meets comics. Twelve illustrators from different cultural backgrounds take readers on a culinary journey through the continents, providing fascinating insights into a multitude of eating habits and food cultures from around the world. With its subjectively told and individually illustrated stories, this comic not only unveils human beings' varied use and management of available resources, it also sheds light on the effects of this approach on global material flows. Phosphorus plays a central role in this context due to its paramount importance for all living things.Both the content and design of the comic are influenced by the advent of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene, the Age of Man. Human activities across the globe are leaving increasing marks on the planet that will change it forever. The kitchen, especially, is a place where these correlations become evident on a personal scale. Indeed, just like the individuals depicted in this book, each one of us is a user and thus a sponsor of diverse production chains: in turn, each one of us has the opportunity to influence the world we live in.
1) also recommend. [link]

rushing from the book presentation I was put onto an experimental hotseat. Enjoy Heiner being questioned with words, when he felt he should also show, embody, immerse, present, .... A long story but I feel some might like it in connection with some slideshares and the chance for further questioning.
Interested? goto YouTube:  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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