A Systems Approach with
Nora Bateson and Jeremy Lent
A Systems Approach to Our Current Crises
with Nora Bateson and Jeremy Lent
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
West Marin (contact us for more information)
Nora and Jeremy will explore how we can respond to the crises of our time with a transdisciplinary and systems-informed approach. These two leading thinkers will engage the question of how we transform reductionist thinking to systems-thinking, and together we'll explore whether we can transform global worldviews in time to avert catastrophe. With Nora based in Sweden, this is a special opportunity to discover more about the International Bateson Institute projects (e.g., how systems get unstuck or the ecology of food), their pioneering use of warm data, and Nora's own contributions to systems praxis and culture.
"The underlying premise of the IBI is to address and experiment with how we perceive. Our mandate is to look in other ways so that we might find other species of information and new patterns of connection not visible though current methodologies. We call this information “Warm Data”.
The Liology Institute is dedicated to fostering a worldview that will enable humans to thrive on our planet harmoniously and sustainably. Liology is a practice of experiencing life in an integrated, embodied and connected manner.
Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.
Jeremy Lent is founder and president of the Liology Institute. He is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. His book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, identifies the root metaphors that different cultures worldwide have used to construct meaning in their universe. A cognitive history of humanity, it takes the reader on an archaeological exploration of the mind to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today’s cultural norms.
Lent’s next book, The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom, uses cognitive science and systems theory to interpret traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole. Jeremy blogs at Patterns of Meaning.
Host: Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal martial arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to leadership that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.