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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch delivers lecture in GCU Lahore

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch (SES) is a German Senior Volunteer who has been working in Pakistan (and in many oher countries) for over quarter Century. Now Pakistan is like his second home (that is why I call him Chaudhry Norbert now). He started working in a remote Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka - some 80 Kilometers from Lahore - and over time have made it a model village. His special interests are appropriate technology, preservation of rural culture, housing, handicrafts, communication and information, income generation for rural communities (through self help projects) and promotion of academic coordination.

This time in Pakistan, Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch was invited to Government College University, Lahore where he delivered a lecture on “Open and Closed System of Development Demonstrated Through an Example of a Village Project in Pakistan.”

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch is a retired Professor, Architect, Engineer, MBA by Profession and presently a social worker who represents German Society for Promotion of Culture.

The DGFK (German Society for Promotion of Culture) was officially registered in 1973 at the district court Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The main activities of the society in the beginning revolved around promotion of culture in its widest sense. About 133 projects were initiated or supported which included projects of art exhibitions, lectures as well as concerts, film projects and festivals.

A number of publications were published and events initiated and organized in Berlin, Germany and other European and Non-European countries.

Since 1990 however, most of the activities of the society are concentrated in the Non-European regions.
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Description of a developing trend

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by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC 

As a result of about 25 years of research, a trend of development becomes visible, in which correlations and dependencies as well as development of secondary factors are clearly recognizable. It is thereby assumed that awareness exists about the importance of practical experiences, without which all theory developments, including studies, are of little importance. There is a reality, the practice, on which theories are based. If this basis is missing, then theories are developed on the basis of pseudo-realities, which lead to further theories, all of which are erroneous because the basis, i.e. the practice, is missing. This present status is continuously evolving, with extreme consequences: The multiplication of errors keeps on increasing and is not recognized because the basis is faulty and there is no connection to reality.

Without practice, therefore, no meaningful study.
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Contacts for FPAC in SriLanka and Bangladesh

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Through the Senior Research Fellow Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch further international contacts for the students working in the Moratuwa-University / Colombo and the BRAC University are able to be established.  

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Green Mag - Special Issue

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A Special Issue 6 of Green Mag is off the press. It carries selection of articles on environmental protections, energy saving, water management and green thinking, particularly interested for students in Pakistan. 

In case of interest, please send an eMail at: pdp33@hotmail.com

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Visit to IML

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On 29 October 2015, meeting was held between IML, partner of Goethe Institute Karachi and Mr. Aamir Rafique, FPAC, Mr. Tanvir Shahzad, Journalist, Mr. Amjad Ali, Journalist Voice of Germany (VOG) and Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from SES (not in picture) to discuss communication and Information (including Internet Radio, the need to support rural development and NGOs and learning of school kids and student visiting TGD.


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Not a Think Tank

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Think tanks are not a new discovery. The first think tank (TT) in the new times was established under president Theodore Roosevelt. People say, he must have been very successful, because nobody knew how little knowledge was at the back of his success. In spite of that, the thought and the pressure to TTs, has flourished.

In earlier times analogue sort of TTs were present, so one could absolutely call the arrangements at the court and palaces of Carl the Great under the scholar Alkuin as such TTs. We know in hindsight, how effectively they worked and had positive effects in the Carolingian kingdom.

As we strive as far as possible for a Both-and situation instead of an Either-Or situation, we would like to describe a structure, mostly virtual in nature and independent of personal influences of all types, because here we do not work with well defined work places and budgets.

At the lowest level, we have actively engaged NGOs in different countries, for example AFA, from which valuable experiences can be collected. (z.B. AFA).

Many NGOs have developed deep rooted structures, which deal with a product or a group of people (for example WAC)

At another level new societies were formed, which understood themselves as supporting institutions working in the cultural arena (for example SPARC).

A deeper version, specially connecting to academic institutions with their theoretical potential, led to so called -independent institutes-, in which practical work and theoretical research takes place (for example IEC).

These institutes make use of their contacts and cooperate with universities to and make it possible for students to involve themselves practically with the projects of the NGO (for example FPAC).

The drawing shows the virtual, intangible character of the model, which -if we are able to show the various inter-dependencies in it- reminds rather of a ball of wool, which is not easy to see through and if cut in the middle, it is useless. Seen as a closed system as a whole, creativity and innovation are already an integral part of it because the model is adjusted to the nature and its diversity as compared to a central authority which is unaware of the world outside.


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Idea of a Think Tank

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The project, lets call it NWFTT-Project, stands for North West Fjord Think Tank Project, is absolutely unique in its concept. It is symbolically covered under the domain of Uni-Centre-WF.

In the first phase, experts will be invited to come at their own cost and support will be provided to them for local boarding and lodging as well as the working environment with digital networking facilities.

In recognition of their services, the experts will be considered Guest-Professors.

Contrary to the traditional Think Tanks, the objective here is not the material existence of its own building, with staff and income generation measures, but rather the virtual work, digitally up to date and connected worldwide.
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