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By Norbert Pintsch / IPC-FBTC

Should one meet directly or hold indirect contact?

What is better or worse or more suitable or environmentally friendly or...?

It would be nice if there was a correct answer, - well it seems that there is none! Human coexistence is enormous and varied, full of misunderstandings and wonders that are eliminated by the technical possibilities that create them, the misunderstandings.

A personal contact for the sake of a contact prevents misunderstandings. If a personal contact has been made, then further topics and problems can be discussed on this basis. In the academic context, the question arises as to whether the use of the technical possibilities can be a substitute or only a tool to keep in touch. Replacement can be the visual presentation of topics, in any case, it is environmentally friendly, but never substitute for personal discussions.

The TV/video factor should be understood in this sense.

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International Journalism Conference, Lahore 2017

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Media and Society - Future and Beyond

By Norbert Pintsch / SRF-FPAC

In fact, they have brought movement in society and politics.
They transfer information independently, - as far as possible, and also neutrally, - but in any case faster and faster to achieve attention and effect!
Their messages complete a tightrope walk between reality, interpretation and possibility.
To speculate about the daily events sets limits.
The following scenario appears as a literary visa and lets you forget how far the vision is in the real world.
The possibilities of the media are integrated into the vision and show the inter-dependencies in the culture.
The model used is a closed system. In any case, it should be thought-provoking.

In the closed system

The word "closed" has an unpleasant aftertaste in everyday life, - involuntarily one thinks of closed institutions and thus of the restriction of freedom, - whatever one imagines it to be.

If you lean back and reflect on the experiences of life, you can certainly recognize a protective function and if you think about the regulated and organized environment in which you live, you come to completely different, also interesting, aspects!

Apart from that, with the slogan you can defend your freedom and you have the most curious and terrible measures - better, you do not think about it.

Well, the closed system, we live increasingly in one. In historical times, one also lived in a system that was reasonably closed. The environment was hostile, but internally one lived in balance with nature, holistically we call it holistic.

In the closed system, one has turned away from the shortcomings, pains and ruinations of the open system. It is more deliberate with the resources and uses the technological possibilities. So, for example, recycling.

If physical measures are undertaken, this is done by auxiliary means, e.g. interactive robot.

Thus, variations of the dwellings can easily be printed, whereby the autonomous variants are to be preferred; Energy, drinking water, industrial water, fecal waste, etc. are recycled through sophisticated system. The costs for the central infrastructure are almost completely eliminated. By linking individual data, basic disposal tests can be carried out at any time, so that residents can be informed as soon as possible about changes in their health.

In the closed system, imports and exports of goods are controlled, - one tries to get along with what one has; i.e. Food is produced centrally in closed circuits, or even in the "dwellings". The central production can take place in automatic multi-tiered farms, for example vegetation and animal production by using the principle of integrated production for mutual advantages.

Even the term "housing" is negatively understood, - who wants to "house", but if you come to the core, it has always been housed - between "the worst" and "the most luxurious", even if the latter hasled to ruin.

The concentrated form of the housing leads to enormous space savings, whereby a total of generous communal areas can be arranged, in which performances that are space-consuming in the open system (concert halls, museums, exhibitions, botanical and zoological gardens) are carried out in a contemporary manner and using the technological possibilities. Car racing, sporting and recreational activities of all kinds will take place in a new, digitized and visualized form, fitness centers are connected to the medical care, diet advice and individual disposal data.

Concentration in a closed system also has a positive impact on mobility, in which analogue luxury shifts into digital, artificial language. This also benefits the more creative residents of closed systems.

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Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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Professor Doctor Norbert Pintsch, the Senior Research Fellow of the FPAC discussion with Dr. Almut Besold, the Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Islamabad.

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Dr Norbert Pintsch with  S A J Shirazi 

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International Journalism Conference `17

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Projects: Experiences, Results and Opportunities

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Three different project are described below with experiences, opportunities and local limitations pointed out.


Computer Aided Hospital Management System/Rural Oriented Hospital Management System The whole pallet, from service up to operation has to be organized, which creates costs, -very characteristic of institutions in urban areas. This is quite opposite to institutions far away from the cities. The lack of finances, regarding staff as well as in the planning and use of the operating costs, needs to be appropriately taken into consideration. A rural oriented hospital management system (ROHMS) must take these factors into account. The difference between CAHMS and ROHMS is in location. In urban areas, a hospital functions only when the industrial-technological pre-conditions are met; i.e. personnel, training, patient care, air-conditioning, etc., must be adjusted. A problem in other cultures, for example, is the patient care by relatives, which often leads to difficulties in the recovery process and brings new health risks with it. In a ROHMS, specific characteristics of rural life are taken into account. The energy production is different, the employees are not confused through industrial training, the water supply, incl. Drainage is completely different as compared to urban areas. The traditional knowledge is used, natural climate control is utilized, local materials and traditional, yet adapted, forms of construction are used. The staff follows local forms of remuneration based on the traditional culture. Although this described system is already being practiced in an environmentally friendly manner etc., the influence of the resource-devouring, environmentally damaging industrial system is so widespread, that reasonable alternatives are unlikely to prevail.

Impact of CNC on the HC

In several essays, the problem of handmade objects has been outlined, which in an ever growing uniform environment have only little chance of promoting their original purpose, namely income enhancement for people (mainly women in rural areas) and to generate some revenue for the community. Problem points in this regard include the non-reversible push of people from rural into urban areas and the resulting requirement of regular income, which adds them to the existing consumer base. That the reality is quite opposite with declining numbers of productively active people and at the same time increasing production, is actually not recognized in the consumer world, so that nevertheless productively active artisans are supposed to adjust themselves of CNC and 3D production. This is not a world first. A look at the tourism centers shows clearly how strong the uniformity is already enforced, for example through travelers, who buy souvenirs in the assumption, that they are buying unique items. The buyer subtly enjoys using his buying habits from everyday life including bargaining and haggling, special bargains are attractive, little aware that they are actually contributing to the destruction of the handicraft itself. Ultimately, also the discussion about Original versus Copy comes up. Why buy an original in a world where true copies are easily available? - this is the underlying question. Color, sound, text, - everything is flexible and available; waiting for further application. But change has taken place not only in this field of art, but long ago also in the areas of fashion, leisure, food, education and health.

IISS / Integrated infrastructure system in a rural area

NeemTree / MoringaTree / Jetrupa Cures -Ph tester-Water Pump

Thanks to the digital communication and information age, people even in remote rural areas obtain news about the lives of people in the so-called industrialized countries, - with all its possibilities and apparent abundance. One is inclined to share and participate in it, preferably immediately than later.

The problems behind the sham abundance are not perceived, not even by the producers, who are in fact proud of their performance: Water for all, Housing for all, etc., etc.. One cannot expect of the migrants to understand the economic ups and downs of the economic factors, - that's even true of the highly developed countries. It is like speaking of water and drinking wine. The correlations between production and commerce, consumption and uniformity are at best entertaining, - serving only as theory and as entertainment program for general distraction and targeted manipulation of the believing public and consumers. Background to this discussion is rural project, supposed to offer remedy through the targeted measure of providing flowing water to a basin for buffaloes and to bring the fresh water supply back on track. The process is to be accompanied by regular pH tests. The project is laudable, but lack of interest of the affected people is to be expected, who are possibly not interested in a controlled environmental pollution, or even its stoppage, and rather more interested in pursuing their internal family interests. There can also be no discussion of educational deficit or other cultures. This development is similar in the whole world: one is most interested in becoming a consumer, getting regular income, fixed breaks, - in short, the existing mistake further propagated by the media, which is erroneously perceived as progress.

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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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