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!2002 please see below the references for the input paper for:


Issue II: Global Ethics and Sustainable Development Date: 14-15 & 18 February 2002

NOTICE: we are talking here about integral, immersive, embodied frames for pinpointing matters and issues which can help the humane prospectus (see Noel Browns outline of the Earth Summit in Rio 1992 outcomes.


or an OPTICS OF ETHICS as presented in 1995 in Nairobi for the WORLD FUTURES STUDIES FEDERATION.

The philosopher Hans Jonas saw a NEW ETHICS being concrete only with "Time and Space Horizons" (only in German [1] and the need to add to these dimensions a third one, called: subjects, cultures or disciplines, or better thematic diversity. This are the dimensions of ecological thinking and were used to build in 1990, an exponat for a GLOBAL CHANGE exhibition in order to be able to point at, outline and see in context, in one framework or model, our positions and perspectives, in order to be able to relate and contextualize NORMS and VALUES.

What we feel we need to do here is a bridge between words and cultures, to have common references or models to be able to agree upon them. This by the way was what Noel Brown, UNEP, saw as the basic outcome of the Earth Summit process [2] and what is used as an "Order-Realm" for survey- or overview- knowledge, to help us discuss and share other and extra dimensions "along and across scales and times". We work since 10 years with these concepts in curriculum development, discussing with youth "Global Issues" and try to include it into the design of "Situation Rooms". My answer to the Question "IS HUMANITY DESTINED …? by Lynton Caldwell in his "POLICY and LIFE SCIENCE Magazine" round-table was "Show or Schau? [3] - maybe you want to dig with me "deeper"!?, check out our "INTEGRAL AGENDA" [4], …

So if you are interested in how the work mentioned above came about, you will see that it has to do with "having no words" and no way to present issues across all "levels", or by being unable to ask simple questions, like what is space, what is "spacial" in contrast to spatial [5], and how we can share beyond the need to be right or wrong what is the context of values and norms in teh debate about "ethics"?

Prerequisite for sharing common frames of reference and a global ethics is "re-inventing dialogue and governance/democracy, a form of DIALOGUE CULTURE, a way were we can keep dominant "talkers" in "check" and co-creatively listen and form new alliances. See: Dialogue Culture [6] the Open-Forum [7]. Maybe you want to see how storytelling can bring new/old insights by providing old/new "solutions" or approaches. I invite you to vitist a paper presnted at the first WORLD ETHICS conference, where a story form 1001 nights provide a solution we can summarize under SOCIAL SYSTEM DESIGN or COMMUNITY BUILDING (sorry only available in German [8].

[1] Leitziel: Interdisziplinäre Umweltwissenschaft, IN: Prinzip Verantwortung - Wege zu einer integralen Umweltwissenschaft; Symposium in memoriam Hans Jonas,

[2] COMMON FRMAMES OF REFERENCE - post Rio FIG XX recommendations with/for Noel BROWN, UNEP-RONA, Melbourne 1994 - summarizing the outcomes of the RIO Process !!


[4] RIO+10 links: GLOBAL CHANGE - an "Integral Agenda" We are dicussion the need for CONCRETION in INTEGRAL WORLDS currently at 26. JEAN GEBSER SYMPOSIUM - enjoy !

[5] SPATIAL versus SPACIAL Setting the Common Frames of Reference, Prologue to Spacial versus Spatial: Part II - Spacial Knowledge Maps and Knowledge Models Models and Spacial versus Spatial: Part III - Panoramic Thinking and End of This Journey. See also KNOW - MAP Magazine:]

[6] DIALOGUE CULTURE ... dialogue-culture.htm

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more references will be collected and maintained at this side as space and time permits. Meanwhile I recommend (in German):

The "Ethics Summit" Story about Harun Al Raschids son Manu, and how he found ways to stabilise a multi-cultural society at least for some time when the bad signs were already on the wall. An example of designing positive shared visions and futures in concrete shared models, just as architects and artists do...:

and what we did about the matter for Hans Jonas' 90th birthday celebrations:


Heiner Benking Independent Futurist and Facilitator, Associate of the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University (AC/UNU) Technician, Engineer, Consultant, Curator, works as facilitator and bridge and map/model builder on inter-generation, inter-cultural and interfaith dialogue and mediation projects.

!2003, Sept. 28. Berlin

[Ethics with time and space horizon | ] Pan-ethical panetics * Cybern - ethics - model and systems - see HerbertStachowiak *

see: WEEK of Sustainability: !Alternative Zukünfte: Real - Virtual - Ideal - Egal ? [External Image]"more" im CAFE WELTGEIST:

NEWS: pls. see preparations for the week of sustainability - Ethiks and futures round-table at Humboldt University Berlin siehe: Aktuell Vorbereitungen für den 28. August, Ethik und Kybernetik