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!PRELIMINARY WORKING DRAFT from HeinerBenking - Discussion Paper for the Fuschl Conversations 2004 Team 1:

See: IFSR - Fuschl Conversations - http://go.just.to/fuschl New Agoras for the 21st Century: Building a knowledge-based society (See outline below)

!!Requirements for Shared Orientations, Understanding, and Actions in New Agoras for the 21st Centrury

!New Agoras need to be additionally rooted in New Spaces (Arenas) and require new & old ways of Thinking & Embodiment and Sharing & Modelling.

!Arenas or Spaces defining new common frames of references, assumptions, and attitudes. New and combined arenas or spaces with extra scales and levels, sign systems, and models and participatory multi-perspective and option dialogues and agendas.

Heiner Benking, Independent Facilitator and Futurist - heiner@benking.de

Helpful for any ambitious endeavour - like our topic in Team 1 - is to outline the tasks and issues we want to address. These topics and issues are not only multi-level and multi-scale, but also multi-sectorial, multi-medial, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural, - and stakeholders and observers form different sets or orchestras at different times. In this "Space" various forms of patterns, signs, frames, and modes are used in parallel! To realize and facilitate the challenge of advancing inter-scientific and inter-societal communication we close to certainly need to inspect, develop, integrate and apply various forms of presentations and representations (sign-systems), and inspect how we can include checks and balances to form new forms of sharing and solution-building.

What is needed seems to be an extra and shared rationality, some "new forms of pragmatics" maybe? As an example the General Model Theory (as introduced at UNESCO 1972 or in German: Gedanken zur Allgemeinen Theorie der Modelle 1965, later in 197* the Allgemeine Modelltheorie and his 5 Volumes Pragmatics (1986-95) all by Herbert Stachowiak.) and a revisit of the Sign Theory (C.S. Peirce), see Knowmap Article mentioned below, or Culture and Media Theory in an age of Cyberculture. See Cyberculture and New Ideas & Spaces, new interfaces and metaphors and the myth of book culture to the visions of the Information Age has to do with senses and dialogue. Beforehand I propose to consider some rough building sites or areas of challenge. One is "to share in a more tangible or solid format".

This means that we should strive towards communicating in an embodied, spacial, figurative, and metaphorical way by taking the words we use for real (considering their referent and context) and form models with different "fit" or "fideltity". For example using the word "map" as 2-dimensional, locational and extensional, the word "model" and "space" not as an "empty" universal "void", but primarily as 3-dimensional and embodied, and that the Spaces or Places we create, design or imagine, including their "boundaries" or "limits", can be jointly visited and negotiated anytime.

The author at this point in time has not the time to fill in much detail towards possible different signs sytems, schemas and their combination or relation, or the need for multi-modal conceptual architectures or scaffoldings. Another question is How we can Exercise New and Old Forms of Dialogue. we want to monitor trends towards a "knowledge based society" we should clearly outline the field of data, information, knowledge, values and wisdom. I feel my contribution could be to outline and propose some possible tools and approaches, ways to see, share and present as have been "evolving" - have "emerged" in some projects, exposed to certain problems to handle, present or communicate complex issues as I was exposed to over many years in such "multi-cultural and lingual", trans-disciplinary, new technologies, markets, and media local and international "environments" and projects. If interested, maybe go to: http://benking.de/Global-Change/ and see the first slides of this presentation http://benking.de/covenant/tagore/

!Central action-areas for conceptual and pragmatic development or exploration:

The definition of "new common frames of references" to share the extra "context" ... in virtual orientation or knowledge referencing or ordering spaces. Beside spaces or schemas for specialised and route or expert knowledge we define combined spaces for overview or orientation knowledge (see also switching systems). See analogue situation rooms or reference rooms like in library sciences - orientation and governance needs Overview: Coherence and Context, "Pan-" approaches across scales and domains/cultures.

Combination of different forms of representation (sign systems) to overcome "canyons" and bridge incompatible "worlds" or "turns" or "turfs". The author worked in some early integration projects for vector and raster data and looked into coded and non-coded representations in the field of harmonization of data, see articles: Harmonisation 1991, Acess and assimilation (repository article) 1992. This later led to proposals to "link" and relate sign-systems (signs according to C. S. Pierce symbol, icon and index) see spatial-spacial KnowMap. The idea is to also define places and spaces to which these signs can be referenced in order to bridge the canyon and do something like multi-lingual multi-cultural "navigation" - see below work with Veltman, MMI, like on Advanced Visual Interfaces and Knowledge Organization.

New forms of learning, communication (dialogue), and capacity building (peace making / mediation). We have last year explored old and new ways of learning and dialogue at the TUAC Conference. I will provide a synopsis, bring the contributions and will present alternative participative approaches. See for example the WORLD FUTURES article about a Dialogue and Decision Culture and some tests we exercised with the OPEN SPACE implemented in an on-line version for self-organised conferencing.

In an annex below we will collect more references and Literature and try to structure to which "action areas" these references might be useful.

Please see some References for the Action Areas below.

Beside the contribution of the above first set "triggering" elements which definitely need testing and exploration during our sessions I feel I should try some short preliminary answers to the presented questions with the invitation.

Please find as an extra" some quick answers to the Triggering questions:

At this point I can only invite to re-visit the many weeks exercises to re-invent demorcracy or test other forms of dialogue like the School of Ignorancy or distributed or cyber - decision papers or exercises.

3/2004, Heiner Benking If a curriculum is needed you can find it here or more at my web-sites.

Team 1: New Agoras for the 21st Century: Building a knowledge-based society Coordinator: Frank Stowell (UK) - Frank.Stowell@port.ac.uk

The Agoras of the City States of the Classical Greeks were public spheres where true democracy was lived by citizens who made collective decisions about issues affecting their daily lives. Reconsidering the idea Agora in society today, and creating an ideal of the New Agora is a metaphor for social action contexts (public spheres or arenas) in which people can make collective decisions about their future. These contexts would be forums of democratic discourse. People in the settings of their families, neighbourhoods, community groups, organizations, and institutions have the potential to organize themselves as evolutionary design communities. These New Agoras could link up with each other and engage in evolutionary conversation in order to bring to life the Guided Evolution of the Society. The dual purposes of the New Agora project are to first create and sustain an Agora community of stewards who will then support the right of people to take part directly in the decisions that affect their lives and to guide their own destiny. The New Agora would guide the conscious evolution of civil society on local, national, and world levels. This goal will be achieved by creating knowledge bases for evolutionary inquiry; developing resources for evolutionary learning; and exploring approaches, methods, and technologies toward the establishment of New Agoras. These purposes are grounded in the belief that the right of people to take part directly in making decisions that affect their lives and to guide their own destiny is a fundamental human right.

For more see Fuschl Conversations 2004 - http://go.just.to/fuschl

!!ANNEX Just some links for the "Areas of Challenge” as above

I add here some links and references for the action area to dig deeper:

The definition of "new common frames of references" to share the extra "context" ... - and revisiting the concept of "Space". See the links to contributions in the field of Systems and Models

Knowmap Spacial versus Spatial – Part I : Setting the Common Frames of Reference, Part II - Spacial Knowledge Maps and Knowledge, Models Models and Spacial versus Spatial: Part III - Panoramic Thinking and End of This Journey. Erschienen im KnowMap Magazin 2001, http://knowmap.com/ http://benking.de/benking_mapping.htm and http://benking.de/Global-Change/spatial-spacial.html

THE COGNITIVE PANORAMA: A Cognitive Superstructure - A Paradigm Shift? Orchestrating Representations like Knowledge Trees and Knowledge Spaces, COUNCEIL de l'EUROPE, Conference on a NEW SPACE FOR CULTURE AND SOCIETY - New Ideas in Science and Art, Prague Castle, Czech Republic, http://benking.de/meta-paradigm.htm Optics of Ethics: Scales, Horizons, Levels, Proportions, and Consequences in Shared Perspective, Group III: Eco-Philosophy/Environmental Ethics, World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) Conference ”Futures Beyond Poverty, Nairobi, 1995

ISSS Atlanta 2004, THE COMPATIBILITY OF SOCIAL SYSTMS: A HOUSE OF HORIZONS AND PERSPECTIVES - A cognitive deep openspace for positioning, comparing, merging and morphing our metaphors, models, maps and views with James N Rose Ceptual Institute, http://www.ceptualinstitute.com/uiu ... 98/house-of-eyes.htm

And Dialogue toward Unity in Diversity, Unity in Diversity Ludwig von Bertalanffy , 100th Anniversary Conference University of Vienna, November 1-4, 2001, Vienna, Austria Heiner Benking & Sherryl Stalinski http://benking.de/Dialogue_toward_Unity_in_Diversity.html

Turku Finland, children workshop "Knowledge Spiral Newsletter: "Our view of Life is too flat” http://benking.de/education.htm or "House of Eyes”: http://www.ceptualinstitute.com/uiu ... 98/house-of-eyes.htm

Weltbilder /Welthäuser - postmaterialism series (forthcoming) see Baldus below.

Benking, H., Stalinski, S.: Concreteness in Integral Worlds, XXVII Annual Jean Gebser Conference, Worldly Expressions of the Integral, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2001, http://benking.de/gebser2001.html See also "GOVERNANCE papers with and Situation and Reference Rooms and Panetics for alternative Unites and Frames supporting decision making.

Combination of different forms of representation (sign systems) to overcome "canyons" and bridge incompatible "worlds" or "turns" or "turfs". Spacial vs. Spatial: KNOWMAP - as above and Benking, H., Veltman, K.: Interfaces for Cultural Heritage - Cultural Dimensions of Interspaces, Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI'98, L'Aquila, Italy, 1998: http://benking.de/avi.htm An Integral Agenda for Coping with Globalisation and Cyberculture, Workshop 4: Future Forum – Global Future, THE PROJECT OF DIGITAL DEMOCRACY AND SUSTAINABLE INFORMATION SOCIETY (SIS) - VALUES AND EVERYDAY LIFE – Kouvola, Finland, 2001 http://www.kouvola.fi/SIS-Kouvola http://benking.de/kouvola2001.html

Culture Navigation and Reference Rooms: A Futuristic "Out-look” - Questioning the next turn in Culture and "CyberCulture” – What will happen after the "linguistic-” and "iconic turn” ?, MEDICI (EC) presented at CeBIT 2002, Hannover, http://benking.de/medici2002.htm

What do we need ?, Where do we want to go ? - A Linguistic Turn ?, An Iconic Turn ? or a Pragmatic Spin ? – The construction and ethics of shared frames of references, IN: Ethics in Knowledge Representation and Organization, IN: Knowledge Representation and Organization for the 21stCentury: Integration of Knowledge across Boundaries", The Seventh International ISKO Conference, Granada, Spain, 10-13 July 2002, http://benking.de/granda2002.htm Homogenisation, Standardisation, Harmonisation, Lingusitic Turn, Iconic Turn: Where do we go from here in an age of a globalised "Cyberculture"?, IN: Die Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen, http://www.inst.at/kulturen/konf200 ... ion/zivilisation.htm Show or Schau?, ROUNDTABLE Contribution to: Is Humanity Destined to Self-Destruct?", Lynton Keith Caldwell, Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, Boston, APLS, Vol. 18, 1, 1998, http://benking.de/show-schau.html

New forms of learning, communication (dialogue), and capacity building (peace making / mediation). See the earlier and recent INST conference for ethics and intercultural "affairs" on "integral", "trans", or "pan".and dialogue/learning. TOWARDS A NEW COVENANT: EMBRACING A DIALOGUE AND DECISION CULTURE TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF THE AGORAS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, http://benking.de/Dialogue_and_DecisionCulture.html In IFSR 1998 a report from Asilomar 1997 and Ljubljana dialogues 1998 by Heiner Benking: Embodying Situations & Issues, Sharing Contexts, and Encouraging Dialogue. - How can people go beyond the "Battle of Perspectives", to see where other persons are, physically and conceptually, to find a way to reach them, co-create and encourage Voice in self-organizing Dialogue? http://benking.de/IFSRnov98pp.htm Understanding and Sharing in a Cognitive Panorama, UNESCO Culture of Peace - Intersymp 97, 9th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, 1997, Baden-Baden, http://www.newciv.org/cob/members/benking/benking.html

Fuschl 2002 input paper: Lenser - Benking. Team 1: New Agoras for the 21st Century:Conscious Self-Guided Evolution. Cultivating Dialogue with Magic Round Tables. ... http://www.open-forum.de/AGORA-Fuschl2002-lenser-benking.htm

Benking, H., Judge: Design Considerations for Spatial Metaphors - reflections on the evolution of viewpoint transportation systems, acm-ECHT Conference, Edinburgh, 1994, http://laetusinpraesens.org/docs/spatialm.php Concept and Context Mapping - Towards Common Frames of Reference, In: TKE `96, Terminology and - Embodying Synthetic Spacial Meanings and Situations - Challenges and Potentials of Appresentation and Apprehension, Intern. Society for System Sciences, ISSS 40. Anniversary, Budapest, 1996 ISSS COB see: http://benking.de/ISSS/ISSS_COB-1996.html - http://benking.de/ISSS/ISSS-Primer-wholeness.html

Open Forum Open-Space and Open-Space Online See docu OS O of a trail session : plus one outcome "we need to": http://www.cafeweltgeist.org/open-forum/OsoDocu/index.html and http://coforum.de/index.php4?WeNeedTo Please note that we have a special web-site dedicated to forms of Dialogue: http://open-forum.de

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