Inviting and Sharing Voices and Views
Heiner has worked on some imaginative and innovative approaches to dialogue
and group communication, which he calls the "Art of the Arts".
Drawing on a chaotically wide source of inspiration including the Paris
Salon and the idea of the Round Table, he has developed some simple but
radically effective techniques which promise to reinvent the art of meetings
and how we share the context of concepts.
- Time-Credits which entitle speech and which participants can use or
give away to empower and invite others to speak.
- The use of metaphors, to enable the deliberate exploration of world
views, for example: spacial conceptualisation, embodying, merging, and
morphing of positions, topics, issues, and perspectives.
- Models based on and revealing the architecture of natural thought processes
which enable thorough understanding and exploration of inner and outer
complexity from the perspective of "being and feeling part of a bigger
The design of cognitive community spaces, or embodied conceptual terrains
can help to map and discuss "What and where we know" and to take
specific positions in an overview or panorama - be member and part of nature,
instead of being restricted to the position of observer or spectator, as
typical for conventional world views. Heiner has played or tested "integral
or diagonal thinking" and the "Art of the Arts" -Communication
with children, women, men, scientists, economists, politicians, and philosophers.
His presence at the Global Village is not only to moderate a panel discussion,
but actively promote thinking about the role of moderation and mediation
in conceptualizing common open spaces. We need a round table of local and
global information providers, to bundle and make effective the tremendous
amount of good will and the vast potential of information available but
mostly unused for sustainable development. Our three problems with information
- overload, underuse and misuse/manipulation - are rooted in our concepts
of data, knowledge and wisdom. This implies the call for a completely new
"knowledge and participation culture" and a host of new tools
to interface and interspace information and users - plus ways to bridge
the gap between networks and communities.
Heiner Benking invites to visit the following spaces and places:
- Club of Budapest
- Ongoing Wholeness Electronic Seminar
http://faw.uni-ulm.de - Research
Centre for Applied Knowledge Processing
http://pconf.terminal.cz - Council
- Millennium AC for UNU