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April 8, 2009

Futures of Automation !? – Futures for our foot-, hand-, and mindprints

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heiner Benking @ 11:25 am

I am reporting today from the Daimler Annual Meeting of Daimler will be held on April 8, 2009, at the Messe Berlin, in Berlin, Germany.   For me it is like a dejy vue of topics dear to me in the nearly 80ies as a management cosnultant here at the ICC when it was just opened here in Berlin and we had the WCGA looking into visualisation and mangement, and in the early 90thwhen we were with UN stateplanners in Beijing and were discussing national and sectoral strategies for countriesand how to bring appropriate technologies for the building and transportation sectors to anchor chountries and “developing countries!

The proposals and answers have to do with the change in mindsets or metal models and attitudes, not júst footsprints, handprints, and mindprints… – and not just on how to communicate “rebound effects”. Maybe visit: www.mindprint.tv, www.open-forum.de/events/ and http://10001seeds.wordpress.com/

I feel the issue why our colleague Hualin Guo  in China did not succeed or why new and “out-of-the-box” thinking and acting – even when appealing nwords like “glocal” were created at that incident (see Manfed Lange here in the Wikipedia) and why new thinking is ignored – not attact ! and what that means for the much needed “old&new thinking“.

March 20, 2009

EARTH DAY & 10001 Seeds of Change, 1001 Dailogues, 100001 Diversities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heiner Benking @ 6:52 am

you see even campaigns have inflating names <sik>

Today at EARTH DAY at EQUINOX we start a campaign towards more meaningful and tangible education and caring for the Commons.

It is part of a series of side event taking palce locally and concerted gloablly since some years.  See History and visit the Symposion page. Pls come back later as we are now going to ring the PEACE BELL for EARTH DAY at Equinox.

here is the  announcement and invitation.

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:  www.9-d.org

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heiner Benking @ 10:03 am
 

 

Berlin 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 humanity seems to be doomed to create, but also saw some change in politics and our mindsets ! – and presented ow his Green-Cross foundatrion is making a difference.
Later we discused engineering blueprints and architectural designs, not for building the rcastle…, but to more comprehensively connect old and new designs and vision and I showed 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: “old” Club of Budapest Viewsletter. 
Mikhail Gorbachev told us also how we encountered Reagan, how he made shure they talk as equals, 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…?
Tonight is the “Gala” – so come to the Gendarmenmarkt” or come back here later….   

 

November 5, 2008

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

 “CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA” – THE WORLD REACTS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 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.
But AFRICA BEYOND POVERTY http://benking.de/Global-Change/globalstability.html
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. 

http://in-betweener.org/flatworlds/maps/earth-literacy-update-may-06.html    http://in-betweener.org/flatworlds/
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:
http://benking.de/Global-Change/worldviews-in-transition.htm

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: http://www.odtmaps.com/what_they_are_saying/west-wing.asp

Please see these WestWing YouTube scenes of the Parody US Television Series: http://www.odtmaps.com/what_they_are_saying/west-wing.asp Please see these youtube.com Trailers:
WEST WING – WHY ARE WE CHANGING MAPS !? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osQN7aSQV9w
Arno Peters: Radical Map, Remarkable Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8zBC2dvERM

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: http://www.visionsummit.org/

 

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 !

October 30, 2008

Paul Klee last night: “Art does not reproduce the visible rather, it makes visible.”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heiner Benking @ 4:15 pm

I am lost ad found between Paul Klee “to make visble” and Franz Marc “to see with new eyes”.

What is art and science good  ? – are ther exact and fine arts ?  – is gthe piece of art without its frame/context telling much ?  – do we need order and measure/scale to judge, position, orient ourself and others?

lots of questions pop up.

How silly is this world society struggling blindly without frames of references ? mixing issues, proportions consequences ?  I I sthe ar world society ? or only the “we” guyy fighting against aliens – it took me 25 years to get what thespassing means – as I was clsoe but not toughed…
MORE LATER…

September 22, 2008

WORLD PEACE DAY

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heiner Benking @ 11:06 pm

The news and dynamic changes reinforce each other, so the day we should have been celebrating today – WORLD PEACE DAY – was lost – passed with little mention. I ad least want to lsit here two links which are important for me for peace and justice, a mcuh needed dialog-, decision, and governance culture: http://www.open-forum.de/cultures-generations-dialogue.html und http://benking.de/dialog/

goodbye and good night  – HeBe

700 000 000 000 Dollar ?

How to avoid risk at unprecedented scales without idea & conceptualization, touch & feel and sharing with too much daring out of proportions and without perspective?

Very roughly by rule of the thumb: 2 000 Dollar per capita, for every person in the USA ? or 100 Dollar for each inhabitant on this planet ? – for money given away for bad risks? – and how much alltogether already for such trash funds? 1.5b Dollar?, money given away for bad risks?
The problem seems to be not just of grounding and ethics, but the whole thing is intangible and abstract, so we have to imagination, no senses for what is going on and at stake.

The problem seems to be not just of grounding and ethics, but the whole thing is intangible and abstract, so we have to imagination, no senses for what is going on and at stake. I write since about 20+ years about scales, proportions, and consequences. I learned it in the field of ecology, where you have slow and rapid change, dynamic interactions across subjects and sectors, and levels.

Milliards or Billions 10 power 9 or 12 – are quite different in German and English. We need 1000 Billions in German words for 1 Billion used in the English language space! Confusing isn’t it ? So some people propose to speak about Giga (power9) and Tera (power 12). Why I focus on this many zeros? Beside the examples below I had my kick when someone entered our office and told us about the data stored on all their CDC computers in the world. It was Penta (power 15) ! So now consider all the data stored today in earth-sciences or worse on all GOOGLE servers today !

So who would be educated and experienced to discuss the magnitudes involved here, and can help us get a clue on how to not loose “touch”, come to grips, and help us to jointly confront and grapple with the issues related with such “new dimensions” ?
Our leaders and journalist all too often fail – they confuse by factor 100 or 1000 on a daily basis. But how to make a difference, when not to learn, imagine, and communicate in new ways.

I want to present below what I learned and “collected” as examples, as a approach-repository established in the last 100 years to help us build on towards the challenges we face today with globalisation and cyberculture, and how I hope we can jointly build not again such a world economy, but an ecodomy build on ecological principles. See about ecology, ecumene, and oikos here: [link]

1. Gregory Bateson asked us to develop “antenna” for time horizons when he observed how generations have cared for the long view for preserving nature or looking into how to rebuild houses after generations in a sustainable, caring, not exploiting way.

2. Heinz Haber, fore-runder of the German “Picture of Science” magazine, Bild der Wissenschaft, explaining the he only became a geo-paleontologist, because he collected as a young boy in inflation times, and so developed a “rulers” with the knuckles of his two hands, with each finger one power more, 10 power 1,2, 3,… 5, … 10 – and so creating a visualization for magnitudes. A concrete image and model for the scales, proportions, consequences we are confronted here at our capital markets today. So he had as a young boy a “realization” of Billion. Who in charge today in politics, economics, science has a similar conceptualization and is able to cope with scales and changes.

3. The founder of a Planning Science called Ekistics Doxiadis [link] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekistics or [link]
created a schema or grid to relate structures and scale platforms so patterns and their overlap between the issues can be visualised and so issues between “scale levels” become visible and so can be addressed and communicated.

4. Paul Weiss is another person who “visualized” in concrete models issues between the levels and to show the dynamics between the scales, [link] – in an organismic, perspective, holistic way. The author of this blog has show the graph Paul Weiss used in Alpach in 1968 to show the interactions across scales. Please see this presentation about the necessary cognitive, evolutionary leap-frogging of possible embodied thinking:
[link] and [link]

Why I focus on the dynamics and interactions along and across scales?
Because we need to go beyond out splendid isolation in our self-created “boxes” and even into the next valleys or into other “worlds”.
Possible common frames fo references to share the positions have been long proposed for confronting the global dimensions and interactions, see cognitive panorama and spaces: [link] and presented before and after Rio ’92: [link] http://benking.de/Global-Change/FIGXX-Melbourne-1994.htm and that we need to overcome isolated measures by not confusing Show with Schau” [link] and using new dimensions (scales) and qualities to compare and avoid consequences, like short and long term, heavy and light suffering: [link][link]
Please see also the need to widen the horizon of compassion and reducing the suffering in the world: [link]

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