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November 9, 2009

Wall or no-wall – anyway which and what kind of wall !!???

reporting from BERLIN 20 years after…
a lot experienced – a lot is missed …
but as as WALLS are dear to me – and how we can trancend them !!
I willa dd here later – just comming from BRANDENBURG GATE ! in Berlin

here and so late in “these times”.. I can only recommend my “favourite”! Friedrich Rückert:

Whoever imagines mental barriers
which actually do not exist
and then thinks them away, has understood the world.
As space is entrapped in geometry’s network of lines,
thought is caught in its (own) inherent laws.
Maps make the world comprehensible to us;
we are still waiting for the star-maps of the spirit.
In the same way that ambling through fields
we risk getting lost, the spirit negotiates its terrain.

Friedrich Rückert, Wisdom of

I have seen so many walls – no walls – breaking – dissolving creating nes boundaries . that I feel beside SPACE WALLS and BOUNDARIES are my field !! – so you can hear about this here later !
about my “field” I recommed my/these WHOLENESS seminar pieces:

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February 9, 2009

Cinema for Peace, Berlinale, Mikhail Gorbachev & Shared Visions and Actions

berlinale-baergorbi-scinema-for-sBerlin is vibrant as ever, yesterday was the opening of Cinema for Peace at the Berlinale and Mikhail Gorbachev was there to remember 20 years ago when the wall came down, and his “new thinking” request. We discussed later at the press conference if we not still have this chism of East-West, Good-Bad, Capitalism-Socialism in our minds, in our ways we think and act. Mikhail Gorbachev called it a human-made TRAP which humanity seems to be doomed to create, but also saw some change in politics and our mindsets ! – and presented his Green-Cross foundation is making differences.
Later we discused engineering blueprints and architectural designs, not for building the other trap-dilemmas, but to more comprehensively connect old and new designs and vision. I showed to some collegues our work on “orientation frames” for education and capacity buiding. See here the discussion, coverage, and picking up of his “new thinking” for nearly 20 years as well}…. see the  “old” Club of Budapest Viewsletter.}

Mikhail Gorbachev told us also how he encountered Reagan, how he made shure they talked on the same level, on “equal footing”, and so stared a new era of going beyond “empire” and mono uni-lateralism to a multi-polar and mult-lateral world. Is this a new or old, as a vision or reality…?
Thinking about the Thinking Learning Spaces in the “Age of Engightenment” and workshops on “Out of the Box Thinking” and “Paradigm Mapping” we do I decided to make it back to the glamour and celebrities today. Tonight is the “Gala” – so come to the Gendarmenmarkt” <sik> or come back here later to this site:

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

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