Leverage Solutions

Cross-Cutting BLUE GREEN solutions with some RED-YELLOW inputs and inpacts !


This page links to the footnote [16] in an article published by “Mother Pelican” on October 1st and the COMMON ACTION – Commons Cluster of the United Nations on the occasion of the introduction of the SDGs as part of the international 2030 agenda. Please check the article Viewing/Connecting on both sites and there the Footnote [16] (of [1-26]):

[16] Exemplary projects for such winning, overarching solution include projects linking the following sectors: Terra Preta/Biochar, Ecology, Development, Ecology, Housing and Agriculture, … ReefFormers: Oceans, Food, Health, Work, Infrastructure, Agriculture, … Ecologic Housing and Cooking, Health, Gardening, Mangroves and Forrest protection, Habitat Preservation. Examples should grow into “living collection of BLUE-GREEN solution.

Also consider the general context and footnotes like:

[9] See: Water, Energy, and Food Security, NEXUS, 21 August 2015.

[10] See UN AMR 2008: e–DISCUSSION ON ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to sustainable development", summarized and expanded in the recommendations for Letter to HofS, UN Ambassadors, Secretariat, by the UN ECOSOC Commons Alliance, September 2014.

[11] Multimedia, Where do we go from here?, International CODATA Symposium on Multimedia in Science and Technology, ICSU-CODATA – MIST 2005, Using Maps and Models, SuperSigns and SuperStructures, Heiner Benking, Berlin 2005.

[12] See Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) as described in: A SOCIAL SYSTEMS APPROACH FOR GLOBAL PROBLEMS. 21st Century Agoras Monograph Series. Volume One: Strategic articulation of actions to cope with the huge challenges of our world today and A Platform for reflection Collecting, Framing, Negotiating, and Connecting in Times of a GLocal “Problematique”, A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO COPE WITH GLOBAL CHALLENGES, Heiner Benking, Reynaldo Treviño Cisneros, Bethania Arango Hisijara, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, ISBN: 978-960 86383-8-9. See also: 21st Century Agora.

I mention not only “BLUE-GREEN” but refer to the colour-spectrum of the COUNCIL ON GLOBAL ISSUES

where we look into issues that connect and provide policy advise since 20+ years. I also recommend: Good Global Governance - GGG managed by the president of CGI Helmut Burkhardt.

But let us return to Leverage Points (Donella Meadows) and Leverage Solutions. How to get there is covered in other Footnotes, I only mention “Structured Dialogic Design” and “Influence Voting”.

some exemplary projects: (work in progress)

* Terra Preta - check also Terra Boga & EXPO 2015

Projects in context with this are cross-cutting, like connecting Baby-dipers & trees-planting *** in “developed countries” or in the “fourth world” - projects established in Bukina Fartho and in the planning stage in fields of: Mangroves preservation, Ecological and Wildlife Preservation, Pyrolyse Stoves/Cookers in Madagascar and elsewhere. I recommend “early movers” like: Blindspotting ClimateFarming BioChar

* Reef-formers: KielSofia – Brussels … Highly recommendent is the presentation at the ENTREPREURSHIP SUMMIT in Berlin. See Vertial Mussel Reef Farming.


+ more forthcoming (WORK IN PROGRESS)

We will continue collect monitoring efforts on the Global Commons Alliance website. It is hoped that NGOs, Agencies, and Funders/Foundations will help to harness “Winning and Leveraging Solutions” to really meet the now agreed SDGs intelligently and lastingly in co-operation with “movers&shakers” around thriving integrated pragmatic solution which can “make a difference that matters” (Charles François).

As a footnote:

It seems like that all “players” in the field of environmental policy are ““moving deck-chairs” on the Titanic””, underlinig that their activities are central and even connect some “goals” of the SDGs. I mention the blindspots or systemic flaws of group-think - you call it “filter-bubbles” recently – in the Viewing/Connecting article above and can only recall I think Mark Twain: “when we lost our direction, we doubled our efforts” or “when you think you know, but do not, you get into trouble!” as you can observe in the WIKIPEDIA transgressions into “week subject areas”, fields like social, cultural, political,... where issues have many frames, positions, perspectives, … as facets.

Last not least I want you to revist recommendation done around AFRICA BEYOND POVERTY 20 years ago: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE where we highlight in the third of three “bullets” social disintegration due to too rapid untested innovation and global unpredictibal testing and implementations. This is where I feel the definition of goals and subgoals fits in !

We need to not make Goals in a “spiders web” all with their own direction, but see how they can be leveraged by adressing the neuralgic points, where they connect “in the deep”! Pls. Visit the work on GLOBAL CHALLENGES of the Millennium Project.

Footnote II

There is a need for “Global Understanding(IYGU) as is called the International Year of Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities as an initiative of the International Geographic Union (IGU). For such a Global COMMON Unerstanding we need more than “Global Thinking and Local Actions” mentioned in footnote [2] (of the Mother Pelican article above): The Glocal and Global Studies, GLOCALIZATIONS 2015, Victor Roudometof (2015), Taylor & Francis 2015.

There is a danger of dualistic, undercomplex, oversimplifications. Two-Pronged approaches sound appealing, but multi-track and multi-pronged approaches seem to be indicated. The Alfred Wegener Foundation (AWS) in their profile for the Geotechnica (1991) have included the historic and cultural/temporal and not just scientific dimensions of the challenges at hand. Maybe a synoptic view of the various system sciences schools, including positions, perspectives, boundaries, relationships, frames, values, interactions, … is the way to go. I recommen at this point the systemic-cybernetic policy and “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities? inquiry from earlier this year. Check slide 57-58

Pls come back soon ! Sep./Oct. Heiner Benking