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November 5, 2008

Obamas World – Africa and the World beyond Poverty! – but how? – which world??

 “CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA” – THE WORLD REACTS I read in Huffington Press Blog.  But how about Africa and the rest of the World?

I was pleased to hear Bishop Tutu speak up and was congratulating. MY hope would be to revisit AFRICA BEYOND POVERTY. Lots of work done between 1993 and 1995 with strong support from Bishop Tutu but also the Finish and Dutch governments, and also revisit not just “footprints”, but proportions and consequences.

Lots of work was lost as the event was so much contested and as our conference president “passed away” the day after the Conference in Nairobi in 1995 – losts of work, content and vistas have been lost – the central outcomes and workshops not even published ! Only some big potatoe speakers were published – as we expereicne that in too many technical-scientific-economic-political conferences.
was not only different, but timely and critical – if you consider the urgencies and importancies – proportions and consequences “touched”.

I hope there is a chance to revisit and up-date – so we can ask the contributors to have their up-dated contribution in ! AND THE ISSUES so get tabled. 
We should involve the sponsoring governments – and also our new OBAMA – and involve Tutu, Pentii,… and others of the drivers, stakeholders and risktakers form 1995.
please check out “AFRICA and the WORLD BEYOND POVERTY”  and certain sections like ECOLOGY and ETHICS – not just talks like ROBUST PATHS and REBOUND EFFECT Papers which have been published widely…

One step would be to revisit scales and proportions, how come that we still have a distorted world-map-picture in our minds and schools – and very oftern also on our monitors !
OBAMA might want to revisit the WEST WING series and our Earth Literacy – Map Alphabetisation efforts with the UN Decade for Sustainability Education UNESCO-ESD.
more links about the Frankfurt Bookfair and Literacy – or with Cartography Experts of ICSU-CODATA about this themes can be found there. Maybe this article mentioning Georg W. Bush and his Earth Illiteracy after an INTERCARTO 2006:

It would be silly to just blame George W. Bush, as he never really has been alone outside of his “sweet isolation”, so I asked 2 weeks ago the Nobel Peace-Laureate José Ramos-Horta from East Timor – he as president and being with the UN, a globally active and politcally insightful person all his life – I asked, if he was aware of how strange pictures guide our policy bodies and leaders – and he was not aware but had always wondered why traveling the miles traveling 3 days in his country and the miles traveling 3 days for example in Europe where sooo different. But oldies seem to have forgotten to check if they are puzzeled. But I hope Obama is young and curious enough in his mind and having been in the FareEast and Africa – to revist the West Wing series on WorldMaps after looking at the different shape and size of AFRICA on the WorldMap of the SAME ! United Nations organisation ! (UNESCO) – nobody seems to care – even when the issue has een posted and distributed widely !
see this WestWing YouTube scene of the Parody US Television Series:

Please see these WestWing YouTube scenes of the Parody US Television Series: Please see these Trailers:
Arno Peters: Radical Map, Remarkable Man

November 4, 2008

Vison Summit 2008 Berlin: Responsibilities & Authenticity

Filed under: cognition,creativity,Education,governance,imagination — Heiner Benking @ 12:25 am

last weekend – exhausting to the very end, Berlin groofed around the 2nd VISION SUMMIT at the Berlin Free University. vis-summit1
The theme? Social corporate, corporate environmental, or cultural, economic, historic responsibility,… I lost track. pls. excuse…. more about this confusion and orientation later…

Here we report about Mahammed Yunnus, but ALSO Genscher, Geissler, Alt, Spiegel,… [more] ? goto:


What I will remember and take home?: 
My brief exchange with our former German Foreign Minister Genscher, who was one of the laudators of the TWO WINGS AWARD. and started German Environmenal Administration on the Federal Level already in 1972  (UBA).
What we spoke about ? Not Mohammed Yunnus, BUT Hans Jonas ! Principle Responsibility. Responsiblilty with Space and Time Horizon !
Our both eyes where sparkeling when we menitoned Hans Jonas, his Wife Elionore, and Helmut Plessner, reaching a little wider than these people – full of good heard and energies, but totally lost between the questions who responsible for what and where, why and how long?
I promised Hans Henscher the Matrix of individual-familiy-group-corporate-social-cultural responsibility as one axis and the reach (proportions & consequences across space and time) and how it links to the art of governance by Ralph Siu (Panetics) and how that bridges to Eberhard Richter 8th birthday synopsis (expanding the realm of compassion) and (Siu) reducing the infliction suffering in the world. (more on request).
Naturally it was a pleasure to greet like every year Mohammed Yunnus who is resourceful and radiating like always, but did not answer the central question at the Press Conference of the Tragendy of the Commons. My question was when everybody drills deeper for water and the water table plummets, not only in India, and Mohammed just referd to the Arsenic Water Polution in the Delta, avoiding to tackle the central questions for shared order or agreed commons as another key-noter:
 raised so aptly !
My resume and synopsis of the Vision Summit?
A well organised event for 1000 people with ample space in-between to share and mobilize actions. Thanks to the organizer Peter Spiegel. Peter is a publicist and go-getter who has seen many strands of life and ego. He finally now in Berlin makes his “own” thing GENESIS. Not following the gurus and leaders, the Clubs and Celebrities, but caring fot quality with human dimensions. I wish him all the best.

PLEASE CVOME BACK LATER – as I intend to include links to JONAS, PLESSNER and other issues relating to reponsibiltiy and relevance across scales !

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