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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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 Sustainable Weltgeist/Zeitgeist? - UNSAB 2030 report
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Dashing from Prag for the Leopolida session about the UN Scientific Advisory Board
invited by Leopoldina-Präsident Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker

„Nachhaltige Zeitenwende? Die Agenda 2030 als Herausforderung für Wissenschaft und Politik“ [link]
UNSAB sind hier einsehbar: [link]
Leopoldina-Symposium zu den Herausforderungen der UN-Agenda 2030 [link]  More >

 The Courage to Take Responsibility - aniversary
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arrived yesterday for the opening of Celebrations in Prag. Good and bad personal memories and aniversary abound: 1969, 1996, ...

So what is needed are old and new ideas and definitely there were great efforts in the Prag Castle with both brothers Havel. Lets revsit some NEW IDEAS from 20 years ago and maybe harvest some learnings, or cry in the dark as it looks like it is very hard to learn....

The Forum goes on until Wednesday follow the streams not the noises !!
this was last nights highlight!: check: YouTube description

President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska at the Opening of the Forum 2000 Conference
[link] description
also the pre-side-event in the Palais Lobkovic (German Embassy) was memorable, as there is history involved !!
Check (More] below, programe, stories, even "HyperHistory" !!


Prag was for me in the late 60ies and 90ies a place to be. I brought the report of the COUNCIL OF EUROPE with me NEW IDEAS - NEW SPACES with the last presentation: Meta-Paradigm... A Metaparadigm or Sharable Framework - (Cognitive Panorama) - and meetup with Ivan Havel - as I think he is stepping out of a positive - light-shadow of his brother Vaclav. The Council of Europe and Goethe Institute might want to revisit such milestones in Prag Castle 20 years ago ! [link] (so this is my pitch and reason to come as "overnighter" for the day.... Times are strange & changing ....


The opening and the pre-event in the embassy were rewarding - I will add some links !
It is as my t-shirt says: "When Goods are not crossing boundaries, Soldiers will"

I think they misssssspelled, so I had to correct again English Language and it is all to obvious that there is a need for Gods and Godesses to revisit their rule-set, languaging and scientific"ing".... **** thinking and displaying might get easier and and ... *** check session for ELINOR OSTROM towards her Nobel Prize 2009 *** at the anual gathering of the Nobel Peace Laureates "20 years FALLING WALLS"!.... [link] this is long ago as well - but maybe this upadate on "CYBERSYSTEMIC GOVERNANCE" last year in the Herrenhausen's "Leibniz" Castle is more helpful: [link]

Pondering for the synopsis:
* why aren't we getting tired of all this Noise from the US elections? (see BigData - BigNoise) *****
I remember a comedian: "if you cannot communicate, why don't you shut up" - maybe the US should take a leap-year and postpone the election for one year and revisit the constitutions and covenants in the days of CyberCulture - concerns we had at Prag Castle 20 years ago !  More >

 From Multicultural Conflict to Multicultural Coherence - thanks to TRIAD...
picture picture picture 14 Oct 2016 @ 17:30
WORK IN PROGRESS - Pls come back.
To be guests at TRIAD Berlin is an honor and privilege you cannot refuse...
The Shanghai exhibition was a highlight, but this event is a nuggets/jewel, an event to address the highest demands and expectations, is really excelling a groups expections and aspirations. So please check the links and dig deeeeeep !

I was invited to attend the opening ice-breaker and find TOP movers and shakers, so definitely a great honor and challenge to mingle under such a theme... !!
and maybe it is even a concrete milestone with many junctions / bifurcations on the way.

and some great insights with and within such a group of selected/invited participants.

I recommend:
600 Projects, 20 Million Visitors, 49 Countries. From Berlin to Shanghai. From Idea to Implementation.

and as I met and interviewed some of these thinkers, movers, and shaker really across fields and powers, I fell you should try to stay tuned. TRIAD will report, the site will be maintained !! check !! HIGH QUALITY PAPERS !!! I was attracted by: GIFTING... This is why: sharing/gifting reloaded/revisited.

stay tuned !

WORK IN PROGRESS - Pls. come back  More >

 HelferHerzen - Helping Hearts - Voluntary Engagement Award for ANGELA JANSEN
picture picture 11 Oct 2016 @ 03:25
Yesterday afternoon on short notice I zoomed into the Award Ceremony in Berlin close to the Main Railwaystation. My friends Farah and Angela had to cancel this long awaited awards given for active service for others by UNESCO, dm, NABU, Lobby for Children, ....
I have reported about this already in this blog when ANGELA after being shortlisted was finally on the list of awardees who "get the check". And this was yesterday 4 PM and I was asked to represent ANGELA and her Friends&Supporter "Club" and give my view why Angela is not only prize-worthy but a "World of Service" for others. The Committee mentioned "the ICEBUCKET CHALLENGE" - where I had also acted as requested by Angela. Check Youtube: German / English:

Farah and me are friends of Angela and we did some projects over the years, Belin, Turin, Paris, Rostock. Not only "brain painting and brain dancing". I have uploaded some slides and presentations (since 2004 or so): enjoy: a selection of powerpoint with/for/by Angela: [link] like IGAZE & LIVING SCULPTURE (pics below) Angies websites have much more stuff..

And there are tons of articles: have a look below:


WORK IN PROGRESS: please come back ...
check and translate [More] below and about the dm awards:
more about HelferHerzen:
HelferHerzen - Der dm-Preis für Engagement [www.helferherzen.de_green]
Starke Partner. Erfahren Sie hier mehr über die Partner der Initiative „HelferHerzen“.

Engagement wertschätzen | []

Die Initiative - HelferHerzen - Der dm-Preis für... [] Cache

HelferHerzen will bewusst machen, wie wichtig und wertvoll der freiwillige Einsatz engagierter Menschen ist. Deshalb vergeben über 120 regionale Jurys ...
"Helferherzen" – dm-Preis für ehrenamtliches... []  More >

picture picture 9 Oct 2016 @ 20:49
not really done with the ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT today we started today with the WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT [link] in the Foreign Office.
Stay tunes as I am late with reports and updates...


 Magic Roundtable at Entrepreneurship Summit 2016
picture picture picture 8 Oct 2016 @ 15:15
check: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP Entrepreneurship Summit 8. & 9. October #wirsinddaskapital

Again this years in the Open-Space and the Pitch Bar we will have again a Magic Roundtable at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin. You are welcome to join a round with Jakob von Uexküll and then we will do our Dialog Format. See a brochure and timeline of exercises 1995-2015:
check the invitation and if you are in Berlin, maybe check your Sunday agenda !

I have reported about last years Entrepreneurship Summit and about such roundtables here:

in the roundtables with Jakob von Uexkuell and our Magic Roundtable we discussed the big pictures of Nature&Culture and the "People" in-between. Jakob maintained already 20 years ago he is a "concerned generalist". So a good time to check in the 2 seessions overarching issues and levers, awareness, values, science and policy, not just economics. I added "GLOCAL" see the figure and link ! See and the new ! - after 26 years ... - publications by Victor Roudometof (The Glocal and Global Studies, GLOCALIZATIONS 2015 and Glocalization: A Critical Introduction 2016 [link]) see below !
some documentation is on the way: Videos, Impressions, Articles, ... we will keep you briefed here.

cheers ... - more to come
more later

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 Denkwerk Zukunft - Stiftung kulturelle Erneuerung
picture picture 2 Oct 2016 @ 07:49
Das wichtigste Ziel der Stiftung ist eine Erneuerung der westlichen Kultur, um diese wieder zukunfts- und verallgemeinerungsfähig zu machen. Dies erfordert ein grundlegend verändertes Verständnis von Kultur. Das Denkwerk Zukunft will zu diesem veränderten Verständnis beitragen und zugleich konkrete Anregungen für eine kulturelle Erneuerung geben. Vorstandsvorsitzender ist Prof. Dr. Miegel.

[link]  More >

 Spin Rooms or Situation Rooms !?? - Hillaries new Playground? Donalds Field??
picture picture 27 Sep 2016 @ 20:05
Maybe one day it is too late to speak up. I heard Hillary vesus Donald last night and I think I am biased as I learned in the MacGovern Campaign in the early 70ies and saw Hillary personally in the early 70ies when she had a heated discussion with all the Health Reform - American Instute of Medicine - in the National Research Council NRC in a time impossible in OLD EUROPE. It was 7 AM and I was totally pissed off by being called down to the lecture hall, as a prominent was to be attendend - so the most important National Debate was "well attended".
I was unhappy - having to leave that afternoon back to Munich - as important negotioations and concepts had to be put on "later". Unfortunate, as central issues on the international agenda where not followed up, even great mandates "have died" as I learned 2 weeks ago from out Science, Technologym and Eduction Secretary Wanka. What I strongly rejected... ****

I am personally bearing a grudge against "lawyers" - I personally had some very very bad experiences ***** but after insiting to sit directly before Hillary that morning, I was amazed how well she countere all the arguments against the HEALTH REFORM.

Following the US politics and even European Politics it is easy resign utterly frustrated. There are no Peace- and Situation Rooms, only Spin Rooms "interprete" for us - but we do not get to the roots and get the context. Early concepts for a WORLD PRESS CENTER were in the air those days. How naiive and early we have been...
****** *****

I am deeply concerned about the ways we do international politics the last 40 years - and much more !! We did stick to mind bugs and mind boogles. We have irnored to look out for NEW SCIENCE, NEW LANGUAGE, NEW THINKING, NEW COMMUNICATION and WAYS of SHARING !! - Deeply concerned - I need time to revist out maps and paradimgs, schemas and narratives and how to bring these different represenations together to more coherent constructions across modes, scales, mindsets, ....

when I hear Donald as the arch-enemy against the IRAK WAR I can not resist. Isn't he like a doublecrosser? Did he do a demonstration against the IRAK war - like we did the MONDAY demonstration for weeks: I never hear him speaking up !

Me I very seldom attend demonstrations, some of my friends tell me too little, but I feel with all sectors of the pie-chart above !
So maybe we should check how Hillary and Donald are doing in these fields !!

As we need to revisit here our our mindsets and paradigms, mind -bugs and -boogles [link], I think we should look into our worldviews and our limited "character-set" to present "realities". I looked long time ago into world-map - it is like a black-white dichotomy - the good guys and the bad. Only revisit the NEW PENTAGON map [link] and "the map" [link] Who in the USA is aware of such "maps" outside of the "fly-over lands" of "war-rooms" in the Pentagon !

We discussed "meta-paradigms" [link] and "super-structures" [link] maybe also: [link] but these politicians seem to be locked in their silos...

 Sciences in the Intercultural Dialogue - Annual Assembly in the Leopoldina
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Yesterday at the LEOPOLDINA [link] 2 presentations were standing out: Impact of Ethical Values and "Intercultural Dialogue and its Enemies". This only to be eager todays full program here in Halle, Germany.

The Annual Assembly of the Leopoldina and its publications are of the highest stand in the public eye, its president is in the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations, and all the other Academies, in Berlin, Mainz, even Salzburg as the European Academy of Arts and Sciences have their own high reputation.

The Leopoldina is the German National Academy of Sciences - like the NAS in Washington. Not in the capital but in an appropriate historic setting ! In the countryside - with the known disadvantages. Me as an "ignorant" only being here once, 25 years ago when President Richard von Weizsäcker was in town in times when the whole German scientific and cultural landscape was under redesign after the Berlin Wall was gone.... see more personal and "historic" concerns at the "very end".

THE NOVA ACTA LEOPOLDINA Number 414 will be soon online - so check 14 high calibre lectures. I can only respond to and understand to some detail only some of them.
See my notes below and parts of the abstracts to "whet your appetite"...

Some notes:

The "New Gold Rush" ....  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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