Proposal for Call for Papers "Global Environmental Change and the Nation State"
2001 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Berlin, 7-8 December 2001

Horizontal, vertical, sectoral and integral policies in common frames of references

Heiner Benking; The Millennium Project, Berlin Node

This paper explores whether the awareness of the complex web of interdependencies triggered by the "global environmental crisis" is enough to generate public understanding and invite concerted action. The first report to the CLUB of ROME showed that the attention and interest of people is in general focused on other levels and segments and is not spanning and interacting along and across scales as would be mandatory to map and identify areas of interest and care. The paper presents not only a synopsis towards GLOBAL CHANGE research of the last 13 years, but also towards an "Integral Agenda" and how to make people collectively consider, feel and share alternative strategies and actions.
"Integral Agenda" as a term was introduced to underline the need of shared understanding, "common frames" of references, as it was called in the Rio process, as prerequisite for shared policies and collective awareness in order to be able to share positions and perspectives and "gauge the human prospectus" (see Noel Brown in (1)).
After an "historic" review, as covered to greater detail in KnowMap (2) and the "Global Change - Integral Agenda" synopsis the paper will focus on areas of application, such as education, policy making with the help of situation rooms (4)), and culture navigation ((combined reference spaces)) for bridging multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-medial "canyons" (5).

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Heiner Benking, Associate
Millennium Project (AC/UNU)
presently establishing the
"Berlin Co-Laboratory Node" (i.Gr.)
PoBox 410 0326
12119 Berlin
030 793 2230

Beside the homepage with a broader picture,  the author would like to recommend and in particular the following papers for a reference to the "matter":