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 Limits to Growth ! - Crossing Borders - Soils for Life - Engagement Empowerment
picture picture picture picture picture picture picture picture 27 Nov 2012 @ 14:02, by Heiner Benking

After an incredible busy week, 1st International SoilWeek [link] with Klaus Töpfer IASS,[link] TEDxBerlin Crossing Borders,[link], MedLove,[link] Politikaward 2012, - celebrating its 10th anniversary, a very special event this year! and last not least visits of a 21stCenturyAgora Collegue from Toronto looking into: MedLove - Human Centered HealthCare, events with young designers called deople and d.collective doing their first event, the collective session #1 with the title: FROM ENGAGEMENT TO EMPOWERMENT: Citizens as Co-creators of Community Services about Design-Led Civic Engagement in a collaborative workshop touring with Peter between landmarks and visits/meetings... I have to report later, I am now preparing for tomorrow 40 years "Limits to Growth", the very special Symposium by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover doing their: Herrenhäuser Symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 Years Limits to Growth" and the Winter School "Limits to Growth Revisited"

I am preparing some concerns about the event, as I heard about the event maybe a year ago, had hoped to input in the preparation phase, and now I am eager to learn how the event is going. How the Volkswagen Stiftung sees the Methodenstreit from 1970, and what could be done now to make a difference !! Maybe read the interviews I did with Alexander Christakis, to be prepared for the next summary tomorrow.

More about Limits and Borders to follow !!
What limits and borders are we faced with as individuals, as a society? Who or what defines these boundaries? What are the results of these demarcations – demarcations as barriers that may even result in scientific and artistic limitations to us as individuals and society as a whole? Are they arbitrarily defined borders or are they erected due to their necessity? Are they obstacles or are they beneficial? And what happens if we overcome these borders?
I had done in preparation and as a proposal for the TEDxBerlin this maybe also of interest in view of the hype around "borders": and also this entry in this blog with the Peace Laureats "BREAKING DOWN NEW WALLS": 3 years [Slides] featuring not only Elinor Ostrom....

One short remark about the Soil Week and our Advisory Boards preparing towards Doha UNFCCC COP-18. I asked in the National Press Conference if the potential of Soil, with reference to the GLOBAL SOIL WEEK is finally taken up, not only for CO2 sequestration – but as part of the Water-Soil-Vegetation-Athmosphere Nexus. See also our “Water Primer” (10MB PDF) – check interview: Water in a systemic perspective page: 38-39) and the various EARTH FOCUS FOUNDATION Global Youth Conference Recommendations GYC 2010, GYC 2011 and last not least our IHTEC and Council on Global Issues annual recommendations:
Unanimously the answer was “yes” at the podium of speakers of our eminent National Advisory Boards. So let us see, as there is no agency in our governance structures for cross-cutting issues. Even Health did not make to applied transdiciplinarity in view of other eager and competitive UN agencies, organisations, and programmes.
The Soil Week was very well organised, and the bodies from various conservation and development organizations were attending. This is very special as for example all these CSD sessions were also widely positioned, but often lack the practical voices of stakeholders to be heard at the tables. Having DESD and CBD since so long now on the table, little was new, but one thing was new for me and I feel it needs attention !
In our Commons work section at the Soil Week Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend spoke up about the IUCN Protected Areas Matrix. A matrix of management categories and governance types: (Dudley 2008, Guidelines for applying protected area management.) I was suddenly very alert as I had not heard of this IUCN/CEEPS working group and ICCA Consortium (also with GEF, SGP, GTZ on deck). So check it out !! CENESTA and ICCAforum and this in D. Governance by indigenous people & local communities matches perfectly with work of AIO see also the conversation Christakis Harris (PDF page 4-5) and what we have recently done in Berlin:Enabeling Empowering Communities through DialogDesign


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