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CONFERENCE ON A NEW SPACE FOR CULTURE AND SOCIETY

(NEW IDEAS IN SCIENCE AND ART)
19 - 23 November 1996


Heiner Benking

Inviting and Sharing Voices and Views

Heiner Benking (born 1951) is a technician, engineer, planner, consultant, communicator and facilitator. He set out to explore the "arts of the arts" - conversation- how we can invite and share our voices and views. Central activities under this headline include: roundtable facilitation, collaboratories (vocal and distributed), research on metaphoric cross cultural exchange and conceptualisation, and the provision of context and frames of reference facilities and eases discussion about the same situations and issures.

Heiner's cross-domain education and experience has earned him degrees ranging from science, economics, philosophy, technology, computing and modelling & visualisation. He was invited to be a Creative Member of The Club of Budapest in acknowledgement of his work on the "Blackbox Nature" and the "Panorama of what we know where." He volunteered as its Communications Co-ordinator and Editor of the VIEWSLETTER and serves in its International Secretariat.

Based on his work on context sharing and embodying thought, which has broad implication to knowledge organisation, information management, harmonisation, communication and education/understanding, he dedicated most of his time during the last seven years issues on conversation and exchange. Most fruitful was his work with children - sharing their way of thinking and learning from it.

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, the idea of the Round Table, and the work of Anthony J. N. Judge, he has developed some simple but radically effective techniques whch threaten to reinvent the art of meetings and how we share context.

Heiner sees the arts and poetry as the basis for co-creation, as it signifies a higher order and organisation. Such creation is needed for integrated thinking which in turn leads towards integral consciousness. His approach is based on space and optics/ethics to help sharing, communication and compassion and through mutual experience of embodies and real, abstract and imagined situations, their scale, situation, proportion and consequence. Such joint contemplation and image schemas are seen by him as a building block towards phylogentic human development.

Heiner has worked on numerous reports and articles and recently started to prepare his first book, due late autumn 1996, with the working title: 'Between & Beyond Boxes, Cells and domains' - Integral conversaions - Consensus through concept sharing in embodied spacial, and cognitive spaces of meaning.

The Club of Budapest

benking@faw.uni-ulm.de

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